Iraq vs Indonesia Match Analysis & Prediction
16/11/2023 5:45 pm
After cruising through the playoff round, Indonesia will beging the second stage of the 2026 World Cup qualifying when they travel to the Basra Sport City Stadium to face Iraq on Thursday.
For Iraq, this represents the start of their qualifying campaign, and like their opponents, they will be looking to finish in the top two of Group F to secure a place in the third round.
Iraq are hoping to qualify for the World Cup for the second time after their previous appearance took place in the 1986 tournament.
The omens may be positive for Iraq, as Mexico were the hosts in 1986 and they are noe of three countries that will hold the 2026 edition.
If they are to end their 40-year wait for World Cup appearance, Jesus Casas’ side will have to negotiate at least two rounds of qualifying, but they firstly need to finish in the top two of a group that contains Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia.
Indonesia are competing in the second round after they eased to a 12-0 aggregate victory over Brunei in the first stage of qualifying.
Not only are they looking to reach the World Cup for the first time as an independent nation, but they are also hoping to participate in the Asian Cup for the first time since 2007.
As the lowest-ranked nations in the section, Indonesia will have their work cut out to reach the next round of World Cup qualifying, but they will head into Thursday’s contest off the back of three successive victories.
Iraq vs. Indonesia Head to head
Iraq have won each of the three previous meetings between these two teams, scoring nine goals without conceding.
06/02/2013Iraq1Indonesia0Asian Cup Qualification
19/11/2013Indonesia0Iraq2Asian Cup Qualification
16/11/2023IraqN/AIndonesiaN/AAFC World Cup Qualifiers
Iraq Team News
After starting Iraq’s two internationals in October, goalkeeper Ahmed Basil could keep Jalal Hasan and Fahad Talib out of the side.
With over 80 caps to his name, the experiencd Ali Adnan is expected to feature in central defence alongside Frans Putros.
Iraq's Last 5 Matches
Indonesia Team News
Nadeo Argawinata is expected to start in goal, and he could be shielded by a back five featuring Asnawi Mangkualam, Sandy Walsh, Rizky Ridho, Elkan Baggott and Shayne Pattynama.
Having scored six goals in 10 international appearances, 26-year-old forward Dimas Drajad represents one of the visitors’ main attacking threats.
Indonesia's Last 5 Matches
12/10/2023Indonesia6Brunei0AFC World Cup Qualifiers
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Iraq vs. Indonesia: Odds and Predictions
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