The Team Melli coach has admitted that he knows little about Saudis' latest boss but is sure that his side will win.
Jose Peseiro took the Saudi job in February after Nasser Al Johar resigned. He takes his new team to Tehran this weekend hoping for a win, but Iran boss Al Daei has other ideas.
"Iran is better than Saudi Arabia in terms of technical points and players and will defeat its opponent with the support of 100,000 Iranian fans in Tehran," Daei told reporters after a training session.
"The Iranian outfit has recently had a good training camp in Kuwait and the friendly match against the host helped Iran fully prepare for the Saudi Arabia match."
When asked how much he knew about his opposite number, Daei admitted, “I don't know his coaching style. We knew how Al Johar works but not the new coach.”
Iranian scouts watched Peseiro’s only match in charge last week – a friendly goalless draw against Iraq.
“The friendly match against Iraq was not useful for us as too many players were subbed,” lamented Daei.
“Clearly it was a chance for the coach to learn about his players and not to try a specific style.”
With only four points from four matches, Saudi Arabia simply need a victory to preserve any hopes of an automatic qualification.
Iran, with six points, are in third place and will be in a great position with a win.
The Saudi Arabian national team arrived in the country Thursday evening local time.
The Sons of the Desert will only have time to practice once at the Azadi stadium on Friday afternoon.
On Wednesday, Iran conducted her first practice with a full squad including the European-based players.
Early in the practice session, Osasuna midfielder Javad Nekounam suffered a minor injury and sat out the rest of the session but he will be fit for the match.
Kaveh Mahjoob, Goal.com Persian