Fox Sports Asia – HONG KONG, Ahead of Match Day 5 of AFC Champions League 2019, FOX Sports Asia football editor Gabriel Tan looks at the major talking points from each of the eight groups.
Could Zob Ahan just prove to be the real deal?
While Persepolis and Esteghlal flew the flag Iran in the ACL last year, Zob Ahan have been leading the way in 2019 and have the best record of all 32 teams with ten points from four matches.
A draw with Al Zawraa on Tuesday would be enough to see them progress to the Round of 16 for the third time in four seasons.
Zob Ahan may not have that many star names in their side but play to their strengths extremely well, with seasoned campaigners Ghasem Hadadifar, Mohammad Reza Hosseini and Mohammad Nejad Mahdi leading the way.