Iran vs Portugal Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions
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25th June 2018 – 15:00 ET
Mordovia Arena, Saransk
Portugal were unconvincing against Morocco but their quality shone through and they should be able to secure their place in the round of 16 with a victory in this game. Fernando Santos’ side weathered the storm and displayed their ability to grind out results. The European champions were far from free-flowing in France two years ago and they will be happy enough to make it through the group stage. Cristiano Ronaldo has netted all four goals for the Iberian side and he poses a huge danger to the Iranian backline. He should make the difference in this clash and guide his side to victory. Portugal can be backed at 1.60 with 888Sport and should be able to sneak three points.
Iran vs Portugal Preview
Whatever happens in this game, Iran will leave the 2018 World Cup with tremendous credit and can hold their heads high. They competed admirably against Spain and were denied an equaliser by VAR. They opened their Group B campaign with a 1-0 victory over Morocco and Carlos Queiroz’s side cannot be completely dismissed here. They have a number of hard-working players who will constantly close down the opposition and make it difficult for the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Goncalo Guedes. They need three points from this fixture and will be required to make a fast start.
Portugal have picked up four points from their first two games but have been largely reliant on Cristiano Ronaldo. They created very little against Morocco and could find it potentially tricky to break down Iran. Pepe and Jose Fonte held firm but they lack mobility and the Group B underdogs will look to exploit that. They netted three times against Spain with two of those goals coming from set-pieces and that may also be their best route to goal here.
Don’t expect Portugal to hit three or four goals here. They are likely to do the bare minimum. Iran are unlikely to afford them much space in this game and they may show some signs of frustration. Fernando Santos’ side have a Champions League winner and one moment of magic could make the difference. Iran aren’t particularly prolific and they may struggle to find the back of the net. 1-0 Portugal looks the likeliest scoreline and can be backed at 5.50 with 888Sport. It’s 2.30 with William Hill to be 0-0 at half-time and that may also be a wise wager.
Whilst there is very little at stake in the other Group B clash, there is plenty riding on this one. Portugal cannot afford to lose this game, whilst Iran must collect three points. If Iran fall behind, they are unlikely to turn it around and they’ll be extra vigilant at the back. Portugal are relying on Cristiano Ronaldo and just one goal from CR7 could be enough. Under 2.5 Goals looks a decent option in this game and that can be backed at 1.61 with Sports Interaction.
Iran vs Portugal Odds
Group B Standings
Portugal and Spain are both on course to qualify for the round of 16. Iran could potentially crash the party but will need to pick up three points in order to usurp Fernando Santos’ side. Morocco have failed to pick up a point so far and have already been eliminated.
Iran have managed to find the net in four of their last five games. Both Teams to Score? Yes is 2.25 with William Hill
They commanded just 32% possession during their 1-0 defeat to Spain
Iran are looking for just their second ever victory at this tournament
Portugal only managed two shots on target during their recent 1-0 victory against Morocco
Cristiano Ronaldo has netted all four of their goals at the tournament. He’s netted seven World Cup goals in total, two behind Eusebio
2006 was the last time that Portugal won more than a single group game at the World Cup
Head to Head
These two sides were drawn together at the 2006 World Cup and Portugal emerged 2-0 winners. The Group D game in Frankfurt was nicely poised at half-time but Portugal emerged with more purpose after the break. Deco’s wonderful strike remains Portugal’s only World Cup goal scored from outside of the box and Cristiano Ronaldo added a late penalty which ensured a comfortable victory for the European side.
Portugal 2-0 Iran – 17/06/2006
Sardar Azmoun – Azmoun hasn’t been at his fluent best in 2017-18 but he’s extremely capable and he has been linked with a number of mid-table Premier League clubs. The 23-year old can play as an outright striker or just behind the frontline and is extremely dangerous.
Cristiano Ronaldo – All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo in this fixture and CR7 is prominent in the top goalscorer market. He could single-handedly guide Portugal to the latter stages of the tournament and should find gaps in the Iranian defence.
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