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Iran vs Japan Tips - Japan to down spirited Iran in the Asian Cup

Last updated: 01 Feb 2024
Ben Darvill 01 Feb 2024
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  • Iran vs Japan predictions for Saturday's Asian Cup quarter-final 
  • Iran have lost two of their last three meetings with Japan
  • Japan have won three of their four games at the Asian Cup
Japan are backed to move into the Asian Cup semi-finals (Getty Images)
Japan are backed to move into the Asian Cup semi-finals (Getty Images)

Iran vs Japan Tips

Iran are yet to lose at the Asian Cup, although they did need penalties to finally see-off Syria in the Round of 16. 
  • Iran vs Japan Tips
  • Head To Head
  • Iran Form
  • Japan Form 

Japan were in good form in their last match as they downed Bahrain 3-1 to move into the quarter-finals of the competition. 

  • Iran have lost two of their last three meetings with Japan 
  • Iran have conceded in three of their four Asian Cup matches
  • Japan have won three of their four games at the Asian Cup (L1)
  • Japan have seen BTTS in all four of their Asian Cup games 

Head To Head

Japan have won two of their last three games against Iran, while they have four wins in their last nine meetings with their opponents. In this time, Iran have two wins, with the other three games ending as draws. 

Iran Form

Iran arrive for their Asian Cup quarter-final on the back of a battling win over Syria on penalties, with the two sides locked at 1-1 after extra-time. 

Prior to their eventual win over Syria, Iran beat Palestine 4-1, Hong Kong 1-0 and the UAE 2-1 to secure top-spot in Group C with a five-point buffer between themselves and the UAE in third. 

While Iran have been good at the Asian Cup so far, they now face the favourites to win the entire competition. Iran have managed to hit the back of the net in each of their games at the tournament, but I predict they will get outscored in this one. 

Japan Form 

Japan have not been perfect at the Asian Cup, but they still find themselves just three wins away from lifting the trophy in 2024.

A 4-2 win over Vietnam in game one was a good result, but they were then stunned by Iraq in a 2-1 loss. They did bounce back by downing Indonesia 3-1 before winning by the same scoreline against Bahrain. 

While Japan have been making their potential Asian Cup triumph hard work by failing to keep a single clean sheet, the mark of a good team is often their ability to win games when they are not at their best. With two wins over Iran in their last three, Japan are the favourites to win this one at $1.85 with bet365


I am backing Iran to consign Japan to a fifth game in a row without a clean sheet, but I predict that the class of Japan will come through as they secure a win and move into the semi-finals. 

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