Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Iraq will be aiming to overtake Bahrain in top position in Group C when they take on Cambodia in the Asia World Cup qualifiers round 9. Iraq failed to turn their dominance into victory in a goalless draw with Bahrain, but they are seen as hot favourites to beat Cambodia in Arad. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be captain Alaa Abdul-Zahra, who has netted 17 goals in 122 appearances for the national team.
Cambodia, on the other hand, do not seem to be competitive at this level, with the team suffering an embarrassing 8-0 loss to Bahrain on Thursday. The rock-bottom side are low on confidence ahead of the trip to Arad, and we do not believe that they are capable of making a miracle at Al Muharraq Stadium. In their last meeting in a competitive match Iraq rolled over Cambodia 4-0.
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.