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Get ready for an Asian Cup spectacle as we delve into the enticing quarter-final clashes set for Saturday, featuring Iran vs. Japan and Qatar vs. Uzbekistan.
Iran vs. Japan (Saturday, 11.30am)
Saturday’s first showdown takes us back to the 2019 Asian Cup semi-finals with a riveting encounter between Iran and Japan at Education City Stadium.
In the round of 16, Team Melli faced a nail-biter against Syria, drawing 1-1 and advancing on penalties. On the other side, Japan secured a 3-1 victory over Bahrain.
- Prediction: Iran 1-3 Japan
With concerns about Iran’s defensive lineup due to injuries, the Samurai Blue could exploit openings in the attacking third. Without the services of Taremi, Iran might struggle to find the net. Our prediction leans towards a 3-1 victory for Japan.
Qatar vs. Uzbekistan (Saturday, 3.30pm)
In the quest for a spot in the Asian Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2011, Uzbekistan faces the formidable hosts, Qatar, at Al Bayt Stadium.
Qatar overcame a 2-1 deficit to defeat Palestine in the round of 16, while Uzbekistan eliminated Thailand with the same scoreline.
Prediction: Qatar 1-2 Uzbekistan (extra-time)
While Qatar holds a solid knockout fixture record, the pressure they’ve faced in this tournament and the resilience of Uzbekistan tip the scales. Expect a tight battle, with Uzbekistan having a slight edge, securing a 2-1 victory in extra time.
Saturday’s Asian Cup clashes promise high stakes, intense action, and potential upsets. Stay tuned for football excitement as the quarter-finals unfold.
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