I'd say that Group B is certainly the tougher group.
If China and UAE swapped positions, I think the groups would be more balanced.
The fact that Saudi Arabia and UAE are in the same group makes things crazy.
The substantial number of away trips to the Middle East will certainly be a major talking point and consideration.
That being said, sometimes you do want other teams to be competitive so that they can take points off your opponents.
In a weird way I kind of liked how we drew Japan because it will add to the rivalry between the two nations.
It will be interesting to see what happens...
I had previously thought Iraq was weaker than Qatar but perhaps I had momentarily forgotten their history over the years. Certainly they have proven to be strong opponents over the years.