Two former champions of AFC Asian Cup are set to face-off each other to give themselves chance of making into final of the tournament once again. Three-time winner Iran and four-time Asian Cup champion team Japan will be playing first semi-final match of 2019 event on 28 January at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain.
Japan-Iran semifinal will begin at 18:00 local time, 19:30 IST, 9:00 ET and 15:00 CET.
Head to head
Iran 9:6 Japan (6 Draws)
Two strong sides and title contenders, Iran and Japan will be eyeing final berth in Monday’s battle. It will be a treat for football fans to watch a great game as both these teams are in good form and it can be anybody’s game.
Iran coming into this knockout match by thrashing Chinese team by 3-0 meanwhile Japan edged past Vietnam by 1-0. Japanese team was lucky enough in the last game to get victory and fortunately it was VAR that helped them to receive penalty and Doan converted it into lead and then match winning goal.
On the other side, Iran was top of the game against China PR. Taremi, Azmoun and Ansarifard scored goals to make sure Iran qualify for semifinal clash. However it will be a testing match for Iranian side as Japan is far better and stronger side than China.
In head to head contest, Iran has upper hand on Japan as Iran won nine matches in played 21 fixtures. Meanwhile Japanese team managed to beat Iran on six occasions and 6 games ended at a draw.
Alireza Beiranvand, Ramin Rezaeian, Morteza Pouraliganji, Hossein Kanaanizadegan, Milad Mohammadi, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Omid Ebrahimi, Ehsan Hajsafi, Ashkan Dejagah, Mehdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun.
Shuichi Gonda, Hiroki Sakai, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Maya Yoshida, Yuto Nagatomo, Ritsu Doan, Gaku Shibasaki, Wataru Endo, Genki Haraguchi, Takumi Minamino, Koya Kitagawa.
Both teams look decent but current form suggests Iran to win on Monday and walk through to the final of 2019 Asian Cup. As per our predictions, Iranian side has 58 percent winning chances over Japan and predicted scoreline is 2-1.