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Esteghlal-Persepolis Derby: Will the winner be the Reds, the Blues or the Greens?

Iran's most Important football match will be held at the Azadi Stadium between Esteghlal and Persepolis on Friday. Esteghlal as the second team in the Iran Professional League standings' table is well-organized to play eighth-ranked Persepolis in the 9th week of the IPL, Mehr News Agency reported from Tehran.

Persepolis, who suffers from managerial problems these days, will cautiously face its arch-rival in this match. The Reds were beaten by pacesetter Paykan 2-1 last week.

A poster distributed over the internet calls for a show of force by the opposition Green Movement during the Persepolis-Esteghlal game

Meanwhile, a notable 5-0 victory over Abu Moslem has boosted Esteghlal's confidence in Tehran derby.

Of course, Arash Borhani, Esteghlal's best scorer, will miss the match due to suspension.

Esteghlal fans

Tehran derby is a local football match that takes place twice a year between the two most popular clubs in Iran: Esteghlal and Persepolis.

This match was declared as the most important derby in Asia and the 22nd most important match in the world in June 2008 by World Soccer magazine.

Persepolis fans

Esteghlal and Persepolis have played together 66 times in which Esteghlal has won 20 times, lost 16 times and 30 matches ended in a draw.

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