Russia 2018 Asian Qualifiers: IRAN vs UZBEKISTAN Preview

( Group A leaders Islamic Republic of Iran host third-placed Uzbekistan at Azadi Stadium on Monday knowing a win will see them advance to a second successive FIFA World Cup.

Unbeaten in seven qualifying games, IR Iran have been in dominant form in Group A, having yet to concede on the Road to Russia and boasting an attacking line-up featuring the likes of Sardar Azmoun and Mehdi Taremi.

The White Wolves of Uzbekistan are in familiar territory in third place in the standings, but a shock away victory would see them remain in firm contention for a top-two finish with two games remaining.

Samvel Babayan’s men prepared for the clash with a 2-0 friendly win over Thailand in Tashkent last week with goals from Temurkhodja Abduhalikov and Sardor Rashidov, who will both hope to help their team become the first side to unlock the Iranian defense.