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Uzbekistan U23 vs Iran U23: Battle of the champion

Uzbekistan U23 vs Iran U23: Battle of the champion

Uzbekistan U23 will start to defend the champion title in the match against Iran U23.

Uzbekistan U23 vs Iran U23 match information

Time: 18:15 (GMT+8) on January 9th

Venue: Tinsulanon Stadium

‎‎Competition: 2020 AFC U23 Championship

The defending champion Uzbekistan U23 prepared perfectly for the 2020 AFC U23 Championship campaign by an impressive winning streak. They won five consecutive friendly matches before leaving for Thailand, including a victory against Qatar U23.

Moreover, with many players who currently represent the senior team in the squad, Uzbekistan U23 is considered one of the best teams at this tournament. They had all the conditions to conquer the competition, which means a ticket for the 2020 Olympics men's football event.

In terms of Iran, while the senior team is one of the best in Asia, their young ones have never achieved any positive results in recent years.

The same thing will likely happen again with the Iran U23 team at this competition, in which they just qualified as one of the best runners-up teams at the preliminary round. Moreover, compared to Uzbekistan U23, the current form of Iran U23 was not as good as expected.

Consequently, it will be not a surprise if Uzbekistan U23 gains three points from Iran in the opening match of Group C. It will help them take advantage before playing difficult games against China and South Korea, which are much stronger compared to Iran at the moment.

Uzbekistan U23 vs Iran U23 possible lineups:

Uzbekistan U23: Abduvakhid Nematov, Islomjon Kobilov, Khojiakbar Alijonov, Abdulla Abdullaev, Dilshov Saitov, Aziz Ganiev, Sharov Mukhitdinov, Nurillo Tukhtasinov, Jasurbek Yakhsiboef, Bobir Abdixolikov, Mirjakhon Mirakhmadov.

Iran U23: Habib Far Abbasi, Hossein Saki, Mehran Mehr, Mojtaba Najarian, Shahin Taherkhani, Sina Zamehran, Amir Roustaei, Mehdi Mehdikhani, Allahyar Sayyadmanesh, Reza Shekari, Mehdi Ghaedi.

Uzbekistan U23 vs Iran U23 score predictions: 3-1