Qatar is set to host the 2024 AFC Asian Cup, and their national team has been performing well throughout the tournament. However, they face a tough challenge in the semifinals against an in-form Iran, who are the favorites to win according to betting odds.
The moneyline odds for the match have been set at -137 for Iran, +240 for a draw, and +450 for Qatar. Additionally, the odds for the points total are at +133 for over 2.5 and -167 for under 2.5.
The match is scheduled to take place at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at 10:00 AM ET. For those looking to watch the game, it will be available on Paramount+.
Iran has been dominant in the tournament, winning all of their matches, with their toughest game being against Japan in the previous stage. They managed to secure a 2-1 victory after being behind at halftime. Iran’s attackers, as well as their defenders, have been exceptional, but they are yet to face a team as attacking-minded as Qatar.
On the other hand, Qatar has also been playing an offensive style of soccer and has won all of their matches so far. They secured a victory over Uzbekistan in the quarterfinals, albeit after a 1-1 draw in regular time. Qatar does not have many star players but works well as a unit and will be playing on their home turf with the support of the local fans.
Despite being the defending champions, Qatar is considered the underdog in this match. The quality of the players favors Iran, but it is expected to be a closely contested battle. A draw after 90 minutes of regular time is the predicted outcome.
In conclusion, the Asian Cup semifinal match between Iran and Qatar is expected to be a highly competitive clash, with Iran being the favorites but Qatar presenting a tough challenge.