Group A South Korea, Iran, Uzbekistan, Qatar, Lebanon- What are your thoughts??
Here is the full match schedule:
Uzbekistan vs Iran - 3rd June 2012
Iran vs Qatar- 12th June 2012
Lebanon vs Iran- 11 Sept. 2012
Iran vs Korea- 16 Oct 2012
Iran vs Uzbekistan 14 Novembor 2012.
Qatar vs Iran- 4th June 2013
Iran vs Lebanon- 11 June 2013.
Korea vs Iran- 18 June 2013
IMO- it is a very doable group. Iran's first game against Uzbekistan(they are missing 5 key players including AFC player of the year Djeparov due to suspension). Then we play home to Qatar which is a must win, and away to Lebanon which is also another must win. Another win vs Lebanon at home, and a draw in both the qatar and Korea game should see us through to the WC. That way the last game vs Korea will just be meaningless in order to see who will top the group.
I am very optimistic, even though its a hard group- the schedule is what makes it easy for us to qualify. The first three games are a must win for Iran- and if we take these 9 points in the first 3 games then we should be guaranteed qualification by as much as 90%.
Iran chikareshh mikonee...sooooorakh sooooorakhesh mikone!