News ID: 270529
Published: 0150 GMT June 23, 2020

Esteghlal eyeing second spot as Iranian Pro League resumes

Esteghlal eyeing second spot as Iranian Pro League resumes

Sports Desk

Esteghlal could move up to second place in the table with a victory over Foolad Khuzestan in a matchday 17 postponed match of the Persian Gulf Pro League in Ahvaz on Wednesday.

The Iranian domestic league will be back in action after a nearly four-month suspension. The last round of the games was played on February 28, before the league came to a halt due the coronavirus outbreak.

The Tehran Blues currently sit fourth in the table with a game in hand – one point adrift of second-placed Sepahan and Tractor, which are divided by goal difference.

Farhad Majidi’s side will have to do without two key players – Farshid Esmaeili and Cheick Diabaté – against Javad Nekounam’s Foolad.

Esmaeili will be out with a minor muscle injury while Malian striker is working his way back into full match fitness as he joined late with teammates after Iranian teams were given go-ahead for the resumption of team training.

A victory in today’s game will lift Nekounam’s team up to fifth in the league, equal on points with Esteghlal.

Persepolis sits atop the table with 47 points, holding a 10-point lead over nearest challengers Sepahan and Tractor – with nine rounds of games remaining.

Seeking a fourth consecutive title, Yahya Golamohammadi’s men will resume action next Sunday with an away match at Paykan with Sepahan playing at home against Golgohar Sirjan in Isfahan’s Naqsh-e Jahan Stadium a day later.

Also on Sunday, Tractor will play Nassaji Mazandaran in Tabriz’s Yadegar-e Emam Stadium.









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