South Korea and Iran meet for the final game of Group A with both teams being virtually qualified for the World Cup. The visitors need a single point to advance directly, as they have a better goal average than Uzbekistan who sits on the third place but could tie them if they achieve a predictable victory over Qatar.
Odds: Sportingbet 2.40
South Korea failed to win in Lebanon but earned the point it needed to book its place to the World Cup and now they are only playing for their fans. They have an excellent home record but they’ve lost most of the games played against Iran, and prevailed just once in Seoul. After an impressive start, the Asian team shifted into a less aggressive gear and focused more on the defense and this translated into fewer goals being scored both at home and away.
Iran was on the verge of missing the World Cup but after winning four of the last six games, they got back in contention and are now just one point away from achieving a remarkable performance. Even if they lose and Uzbekistan wins at home against Qatar, they still have a chance of making it to Brazil but they don’t fancy the idea of going through a playoffs game. The visitors have no injury concerns and can field the best starting formation, although they will settle for a 5-4-1 team with Khalatbari upfront.
Carlos Queiroz is a pragmatic coach and so is his Korean counterpart, with both of them understanding that a draw would be mutually beneficial. Sportingbet offers some of the highest odds at 2.40 and even though these are below what draws are usually priced at, punters should choose the most likely result.