Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Iran will look to make amends for back-to-back defeats to Bahrain and Iraq when they take on Hong Kong at Al Muharraq Stadium on Thursday afternoon. Iran suffered a dip in form, and, as a result, this has to go down as a must-win game for the home team. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Porto attacker Mehdi Taremi, who scored 16 goals in the Primeira Liga last term. Experienced midfielder Masoud Shojaei misses the game through suspension.
Hong Kong, on the other hand, desperately needed a win against Cambodia, and they managed to get one. Richard Ewart’s troops, though, face an uphill task in Thursday’s clash, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Iran’s party at Al Muharraq Stadium. In the previous meeting between the two teams in a competitive match Iran defeated Hong Kong 2-0.
Highlighted Player (Alireza Jahanbakhsh):
Born in Jirandeh, Iran on August 11 1990, Alireza Jahanbakhsh is a footballer who plays for AZ Alkmaar in Holland. Before AZ, Jahanbakhsh played for NEC in the Eredivisie, but he began his youth career at Payam Alborz Qazvin. Speaking of his senior debut, he made it with Damash Tehran in the 2010/2011 season.
In 2011 he moved to fellow Iranian club Damash Gilan and it has to be noted that he scored 10 goals in 44 appearances in the league for the club. The AZ Alkmaar winger, who is used as an attacking midfielder as well, scored 21 goals in 33 appearances in the Eredivisie in the 2017/2018 season. Speaking of his international career, Alireza JahanBakhsh scored two goals for Iran on the road to Russia and he will represent his homeland at the 2018 FIFA world cup finals.
Due to his style of play, Jahanbakhsh has always been compared to legendary Iranian footballer Mehdi Mahdavikia.