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.