News ID: 265254
Published: 1136 GMT February 05, 2020

New managers eyeing glory at Tehran derby

New managers eyeing glory at Tehran derby

Sports Desk

Yahya Golmohammadi and Farhad Majidi will be hoping to make an early mark as the newly-appointed managers of Persepolis and Esteghlal when the two Iranian giants square off in an eagerly-awaited Tehran derby in the Persian Gulf Pro League on Thursday.

Both coaches have been enjoying a perfect run of results since taking over in early January.

Golmohammadi – having replaced Argentine Gabriel Calderon – claimed two league victories with Reds over Tractor (2-0) and San’at Naft Abadan (1-0).

Meanwhile, Majidi – who took the reins after Italian Andrea Stramaccioni’s departure – led the Blues to an AFC Champions League group spot with consecutive wins over Kuwait SC (3-0) and Qatar’s Al Rayyan (5-0) before his team beat Naft Masjed Soleyman 2-1 at home in the league last Saturday.

Golmohammadi’s side – seeking an eighth successive victory – currently sits atop the league table with 40 points – holding a five-point lead over second-placed Sepahan – with Majidi’s men, having a game in hand, standing fourth with 32pts – trailing Tractor by one point.

Thursday’s game will be the battle of the league’s best backline and attacking force as Esteghlal has scored 35 in 17 matches – including a combined 17 by the league’s joint-top scorer Mehdi Qaedi (9) and Cheick Diabate (8) – while Persepolis has only let in seven goals, managing to keep a clean sheet on 12 occasions.

However, Persepolis will have to do without suspended first-choice center-back Shoja Khalilzadeh and Esteghlal will miss talismanic striker Diabate who was forced out injured against Naft Masjed Soleyman.

Last time these two met, Persepolis edged past its archrival 1-0 in the reverse fixture last September – courtesy of a late goal by substitute Mehdi Abdi.





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