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Top 4 big clash of 2022 World Cup qualifiers (AFC) this week: Iraq vs Bahrain

Top 4 big clash of 2022 World Cup qualifiers (AFC) this week: Iraq vs Bahrain

In the sixth matchday of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers (AFC), big giant Japan, South Korea, Iran does not participate but there are still many pairs of matches worth watching, including the clash between Iraq vs Bahrain.

Iraq vs Bahrain: Fighting for the first place

Both Iraq and Bahrain were surprised when defeating Iran, the No. 1 team in Asia on the FIFA rankings (27th). In Group C, Iraq is leading with 10 points, while Bahrain is right behind with 2 points less.

Top 4 big clash of 2022 World Cup qualifiers (AFC) this week: Iraq vs Bahrain

Therefore, this will be the decisive match to the first position of both Iraq and Bahrain. Remember in the first leg, the two teams were inconclusive with a score of 1-1. The next match between the two teams will be on the neutral ground although Iraq is the home team in theory.

Vietnam vs Thailand: The Great War of Southeast Asia

Top 4 big clash of 2022 World Cup qualifiers (AFC) this week: Iraq vs Bahrain

Undoubtedly, Vietnam and Thailand are the two most outstanding representatives of Southeast Asian football in recent years. In the group, there is the presence of a very strong UAE team but Vietnam is still leading the table with 10 points, while Thailand is ranked next with 3 points less.

In the previous encounter, Thailand and Vietnam held a draw without a goal. The upcoming match will take place on My Dinh Stadium, this will be a small advantage for the team of coach Park Hang Seo. A victory will help Vietnam come closer to the third round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier - Asian region.

Syria vs Philippines: Is there any surprise?

Top 4 big clash of 2022 World Cup qualifiers (AFC) this week: Iraq vs Bahrain

With 12 absolute points after 4 matches, Syria deserves to be one of the most impressive teams in the 2022 World Cup qualifier up to date. In the previous match, representatives of West Asia defeated China, which led Marcelo Lippi to resign.

Meanwhile, the Philippines also had an important victory against the Maldives. Currently, the representative of Southeast Asia gets 7 points in Group A, on par with China. This is a game that is expected to be very difficult for the Philippines because in the first leg, they lost 2-5 against Syria despite playing at home.

Malaysia vs Indonesia: Opportunities for Malayan Tigers

The 2-1 victory over Thailand makes Malaysia more confident than ever. Currently, Malaysia is ranked 4th with 6 points, but equal to the team ranked third in the UAE, only 1 point behind second-ranked Thailand.

Top 4 big clash of 2022 World Cup qualifiers (AFC) this week: Iraq vs Bahrain

The opponent of Malaysia in this match is Indonesia, the team ranked in the bottom with 0 points after 4 matches. This will be an ideal opportunity for the Malay Tiger to win all 3 points, thereby putting pressure on Thailand, the team will have to be a guest of the top team Vietnam.

The Asia World Cup 2022 qualifier with the participation of 40 teams is divided into 8 tables, each group consists of 5 teams competing in a circle format. The top 8 teams in each group and the fourth best-performing teams will advance to the final round of the 2022 World Cup while winning tickets to the Asian Cup 2023 finals held in China.