Iran shall be attempting to extend their seven-match unbeaten streak this Thursday when they travel to the Zabeel Stadium to face United Arab Emirates.
This will be the third game of the World Cup 2022 qualifying process for both teams, and so far each country is undefeated in Group A.
Everything is poised for Thursday to provide an exciting football match with both Iran and United Arab Emirates currently undefeated in Group A.
The hosts actually have a nine-match run without a loss now, bringing plenty of belief into this game because of that, with the team proving to be an attacking threat in each game.
However, United Arab Emirates have been unable to win either of their first two fixtures in this group, instead having drawn both games.
Their qualification campaign began with a goalless match against Lebanon and they followed that up with a 1-1 result when they hosted Syria, despite the fact that they took the lead in the 11th minute via Ali Mabkhout.
They have only ever appeared in the World Cup once, which took place back in 1990, and they will be keen to get back to that grand stage for the tournament in 2022.
The visitors have started the stronger of the two, having won each game to lead the table with six points, being the only team to do so in Group A.
Their campaign began with a home fixture against Syria where a goal from Alireza Jahanbakhsh proved to be enough to settle the difference between them.
Iran then followed that up with another clean sheet and a strong 3-0 victory as they travelled to face Iraq and the talented winger was on hand to score again, doing so in the second minute of the match.
This was then followed by goals from Mehdi Taremi and Ali Gholizadeh as they dominated the contest in order to continue their impressive form as of late.
They are currently enjoying a seven-match unbeaten streak which has put a lot of confidence into the squad, who have only conceded once throughout that period of time.
United Arab Emirates World Cup Qualifying – Asia form:
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Iran World Cup Qualifying – Asia form:
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.We say: United Arab Emirates 1-2 Iran
Neither team will want to lose their respective unbeaten record that they have heading into Thursday, but Iran could prove to be the stronger of the two.
They have showcased a ruthless edge when it comes to securing three points in their games, and that ability to take a lead and then defend it could see them remain top of Group A with another three points.