World Cup 2018 - IRAN I Betting Tips, Odds* and Prognosis

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Similar to group neighbor Morocco Iran counts as a clear underdog at the World Cup 2018 compared to the favorites Spain and Portugal. We still were able to make out some remarkable betting tips for Iran matches, which we want to recommend.

Content on this page

  • World Cup tips and prognosis
  • Our Top 3 Betting Tips for Iran
  • Roster analysis
  • Qualification and form check
  • Previous final round participations

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In this section we present detailed previews, exciting betting tips and of course the best odds for every match at the World Cup 2018.

Which betting tips should you consider for Iran matches at the World Cup 2018?

The match Iran versus Spain is one of the surest bets regarding a win bet at the World Cup 2018 with odds of 1.22 on a Spain victory at the bookmaker 1Xbet. A Portugal win over Iran has odds of 1.40, since the second Iberian team from Group B also needs to be favored against Iran. Not only according to our analysis the Iranian offense won’t have much say against the international top teams at the World Cup 2018 and so bets on favorite victories aren’t very profitable. Therefore we recommend betting strategies apart from the classic 1X2 bets for this team.

For the duel against Spain for example goal bets or betting tips on the win of both halves are a good idea. William Hill lists odds of 1.53 on a Spain victory without receiving a goal and 1.57 on Spain winning both halves. Tipico has good odds of 2.55 for a handicap bet with -2 goals and tip Spain. As you can see in this list, one can identify interesting betting tips in Group B at the World Cup 2018 after a short odds comparison of different betting opportunities, that all have better odds than the typical 1X2 betting tips, but have the same chances for success.

There are not only promising possibilities for the matches against the group favorites, however. The underdog duel Iran versus Morocco also provides attractive betting tips at the World Cup 2018. A bet on a total score of less than 1.5 goals might be a pretty lucrative tip, because we expect Morocco to stand very defensively and so they won’t be able to be very dangerous on offense against an Iranian team that also has its strengths on defense. In the course of the qualification Iran matches always ended with tight scores. In our forecast we therefore expect a tactical defensive battle between Morocco and Iran, in which one single goal may be decisive.

Last but not least we want to mention the not so unrealistic possibility of Iran finishing last in Group B. William Hill lists this bet at respectable odds of 1.91. As you can already see in this short analysis Iran can put forward with good opportunities for very different betting tips at the World Cup 2018 and therefore Iran matches can be recommended for betting fans with a soft spot for clear underdogs.

Our Top 3 Betting Tips for Iran

  • To do not score against Spain and Portugal
  • To lose both half times against Spain
  • To gain less than 1.5 points during Group stage

Which players will represent Iran at the World Cup 2018?

Most spectators won’t recognize the names from Iran’s roster at the World Cup 2018. This is no surprise, since most players are from the local Persian Gulf Pro League, which isn’t very well known internationally. Only a few players earn their money in average European leagues: Captain Ehsan Haji Safi and central striker Karim Ansarifard are both signed with Olympiakos Piräus, where they play under former Salzburg coach Oscar Garcia. Milad Mohammadi is a defender from the Russian league. He plays for Akhmat Grozny.

Followers of the Dutch Eredivisie may recognize Reza Ghoochannejhad from SC Heerenven. He was Iran’s best scorer at the World Cup 2014. Another central striker on Iran’s roster, namely Kaveh Rezaei, plays for RSC Charleroi in Belgian’s Jupiler Pro League. Probably the best known player from Iran is youngster Sardar Azmoun: The offensive player is a regular for Rubin Kazan and he is already hunted by scouts of European top clubs like Liverpool, Dortmund or Lazio Rome. So you should definitely put an eye on this exciting young player, when watching an Iran match at the World Cup 2018.

Maybe the biggest trump of the Iranian national team can be found on the bench though. The Portuguese Carlos Queiroz has been coaching Iran since 2011 and he can already look back on some notable stations in his career. He counts as a supporter of young talents and he has been focusing on players with Iranian roots that live abroad from the beginning of his reign in Iran. Queiroz was able to gain experience on the highest level when head coaching Real Madrid and when being an assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. He counts as a tactical fox and so he might have something in store for the World Cup. In the course of the qualification the Portuguese success coach mainly relied on a four men line on defense that is said to be one of the best in the Asian federation. In our prognosis we also expect a defensively-minded “Team Melli”, how the Iranian national team is called by fans. They will try to play a fast transition game after a steal and wait for counter attacks.

What was Iran’s road to the World Cup 2018 like?

With a seven point lead on South Korea Iran was able to secure the ticket for Russia 2018 in the Asian group of the World Cup qualification. They won 6 of ten matches and didn’t lose a single one and so the football gnome from the Near East will go to Russia with the necessary self-confidence, even though they have two extremely strong opponents in Group B with Spain and Portugal. After analyzing Iran’s matches in its World Cup qualification group the group win, which seems dominant at first glance, needs to be put into perspective, since Iran had a lot of close victories with only one goal difference. Even against Qatar they only won 1:0.

The goal ratio in the qualification may lead to the conclusion that Iran performed well on defense, but one needs to mention that Iran’s defense was never really tested on international top level against teams like South Korea, Syria or China. According to our prognosis it will be hard or even impossible for Iran to hold their own against the offensive lines of the international top teams from Spain and Portugal at the World Cup 2018. Additionally head coach Queiroz doesn’t have a very dangerous offensive line that might be able to step in take charge: 10 scored goals in the qualification is only slightly above average.

Solely the young talent Sardar Azmoun is able to spark some hope on offense. In Russia a compact defensive performance won’t be enough in order to make it past the group stage. Iran’s only chance to pull off a sensation and make it to the knock-out stage at the World Cup 2018 is a victory against Morocco. Without these three points in the first match in Group B even two sensational draws against Spain and Portugal won’t be enough. These speculations shouldn’t distract from Iran’s role as an underdog though: Anything but Spain and Portugal finishing first and second in Group B would be a small miracle.

What are Iran’s biggest successes at World Cups?

So far Iran’s national team participated in 4 World Cups, but they never were able to make it past the group stage of the tournament. They have been able to win the Asian championship three times though. The last time they started at a World Cup final round was in 2014. International expectations are low regarding the World Cup 2018, but making it to a World Cup final round for the second time in a row triggered euphoria and makes the politically conservative country with its football crazy fans dream of more. According to our analysis the qualification for the World Cup 2018 final tournament is already a big success for the Iranian national team. Making it to the knock-out stage in a group with Spain and Portugal, what many fans dream of, would be one of the biggest surprises at the World Cup in Russia, however.

*All odds: status 10.02.2018

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