The quarterfinals of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 promise to be a hotly-contested affair, and one of the games to watch out for tonight features China taking on Iran.
China were able to come away with a win against Thailand, but not after an almighty scare, and manager Marcello Lippi has some thinking to do ahead of this one. As for Iran, they have looked slightly more comfortable, but know they need to keep their foot on the gas.
Both sides could line up like this:
The form of Wu Lei and Yu Dabao will be key heading into this one, and all eyes will surely be on the forward line in hopes that they can continue their scoring run.
A similar side to the one that started against Thailand could take the pitch, with perhaps minor formation changes by the boss:
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Iran will be without playmaker Amiri for this one, but Carlos Queiroz has plenty of top players to choose from, and his ability to spring a surprise or two in selection means its always hard to predict what he will go with.
Having said that, there is every chance that Mehdi Taremi and Sardar Azmoun will once again start as the outlets in attack for Team Melli.
The round-of-16 phase of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 is done and dusted with and we are all set for the commencement of the quarter-finals of the continental showpiece.
The quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup will be played over the course of two days on the 24th and the 25th of January.
In the second match of the first-match day, we have China playing Iran in Abu Dhabi.
When to watch
The quarter-finals between China and Iran will be played at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on 24th January. It will kick off at 8:00 PM local time (12:00 AM HKT/SGT).
Where to watch
Viewers from the Southeast Asian regions (Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, East Timor, Laos, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, Burma and Thailand) can tune into the FOX Sports network to watch the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
Indian fans, meanwhile, can follow the competition on Star Sports.
Football fans in Iran can check the IRIB affiliate channels to watch the tournament, while Australian viewers can also tune into FOX Sports.
Furthermore, Bahrain fans can follow their opening match on beIN Sports Connect, while host nation UAE can tune in to the beIN network to follow the competition.
China-based fans can tune in to Star Sports 2 China, CCTV 5+ VIP or CCTV-5.
Fans in Iraq can catch the action live on beIN Sports CONNECT.
Fans can also follow the live coverage of the match via our Live Blog on foxsportsasia.
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