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We have reached the business end of this year's Asian Cup with the two semi-finals set to take place this midweek.

Tuesday's match will see South Korea, led by Tottenham's Son Heung-min, take on Jordan as they look to move a step closer to ending their 64-year wait to lift a third Asian Cup.

Then, on Wednesday, hosts and defending champions Qatar will be in action against an Iran side that are fresh from eliminating tournament favourites Japan in the quarter-finals.

Both matches are likely to serve up plenty of drama and we have put together a midweek double that, if successful, comes in at odds of over 7/1.

Asian Cup midweek double

Jordan v South Korea - Late goal after 74:59 minutes @ 5/6 
Iran to beat Qatar and both teams to score @ 7/2 

Accumulator pays - 7/1

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TV channel and how to watch Jordan v South Korea

The match will be shown live on bet365’s Sports Live Streaming platform.

Jordan v South Korea kick-off time and venue

The game will be played at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan and will kick-off at 15:00 GMT on Tuesday 6th February.

Jordan v South Korea prediction

Late goal after 74:59 minutes - 5/6

Jordan have made it through to the semi-finals of the Asian Cup for the first time in their history, but if they are to reach a maiden final they must do something they have never done before, beat South Korea.

The Chivalrous came close to ending that wait during this year's group stage meeting between the sides, as they led 2-1 heading into second-half stoppage time only for a Yazan Al-Arab own goal to hand South Korea a share of the spoils.

Late goals have been a theme for South Korea throughout this tournament, as six of their last seven have come in the 83rd minute or later, with four of those being scored in second-half stoppage time.

The Taegeuk Warriors needed stoppage-time goals in both their knockout matches to force extra time before they eventually eliminated Saudi Arabia on penalties and Australia after a 104th-minute winner from talisman Son.

Jordan have also benefited from late goals in this competition, scoring two after the 90th minute to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in their last-16 tie with Iraq.

All this adds credence to the chance of a goal being scored by either side once we have ticked into the final 15 minutes of the regulation 90, which can be backed at 5/6.

It certainly feels like a match where we are destined to see late drama, so it would be wise to stay tuned in until the final ball is kicked.

TV channel and how to watch Iran v Qatar

The match will be shown live on bet365’s Sports Live Streaming platform.

Iran v Qatar kick-off time and venue

The game will be played at the Al Thumama Stadium, Doha and will kick-off at 15:00 GMT on Wednesday 7th February.

Iran v Qatar prediction

Iran to win and both teams to score - 7/2

Iran do not have happy memories of Asian Cup semi-finals, as since lifting the trophy for the third time in 1976 on home soil, they have lost six times at this stage of the competition, most recently in 2019.

However, Amir Ghalenoei's current side are on an 18-match unbeaten run that dates back to the 2022 World Cup and they came from behind to knock out the much-fancied Japan in the quarter-finals of this competition.

Team Melli have also won six matches on the spin against semi-final opponents Qatar, a sequence that includes a 4-0 friendly success last October.

Qatar are also in good form, winning eight of their nine games since that loss to Iran in the autumn, while they could become just the third side this century to reach consecutive Asian Cup finals.

The Maroons haven't been at their best at this tournament, coming from behind to beat Palestine in the round of 16 before needing a penalty shootout to overcome Uzbekistan in the quarter-finals.

They are also yet to face a side ranked in the world's top 60 and although they will have home advantage on their side in Al Thumama, they may struggle to get the better of an Iran team packed with talent from some of Europe's top leagues.

This could be Iran's time to finally end their near 50-year wait to reach another Asian Cup final, but as they have conceded in all but one of their matches at this year's tournament, the 7/2 about them winning and both teams scoring offers plenty of appeal.

Asian Cup midweek double

Jordan v South Korea - Late goal after 74:59 minutes @ 5/6 
Iran to beat Qatar and both teams to score @ 7/2 

Accumulator pays - 7/1

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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