Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Iraq will look to retain top position in Group C when they face Hong Kong at Al Muharraq Stadium on Friday. Iraq faced no difficulties in a 4-1 win over Cambodia, but they need to keep on winning if they are to book their place in the next qualifying round. Since both Bahrain and Iran are breathing down their neck, we are positive that the visitors will go all guns blazing at Hong Kong.
Mixu Paatelainen’s troops have collected only five points in the process, meaning that they have nothing to play for in the Al Muharraq Stadium showdown. The Group C leaders want this win more than the hosts, and we predict that Srecko Katanec’s troops are going to prove their worth on the field. Talented Iraq attacker Ali Mohanad should keep his place in the starting XI after finding the net in the triumph over Cambodia.
Highlighted Player (Justin Meram):
Over the years Justin Meram has established himself as one of the best Iraqi footballers. The centre forward, who is capable of playing as a winger as well, was born in Shelby Charter Township, Michigan on December 4, 1988, but he represents Iraq on the international stage.
During his college career Justin Meram played for the likes of Yavapai Roughriders and Michigan Wolverines and in 2011 he joined MLS club Columbus Crew. Meram scored 37 goals in 188 appearances for the club in MLS before signing a deal with Orlando City in January, 2018.
The Iraq international made his debut for the Lions in a 1-1 draw with DC United on March 4 and he scored his first goal for the club on May 14 in a 2-1 loss to Atlanta United. As for his international career, Justin Meram made his Iraq debut in November, 2014 in a 1-0 defeat to Kuwait. The Orlando City attacker wears the number 9 shirt.