Iran vs Portugal Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions
25th June – 19:00 GMT
Group B – Kaliningrad Stadium, TV: BBC
Iran vs Portugal Predictions
Iran are stubborn. They are difficult to break down and are unlikely to make it easy for Portugal. They will hassle and frustrate throughout the 90 minutes and Fernando Santos’ side must be more inventive in order to find a way through. Portugal are favourites for this game and they should just about have enough to collect three points. Their approach is results-based and they proved incredibly effective at digging in and grinding out results at Euro 2016. Iran may keep them off the score-sheet for the first 45 minutes but they are likely to come unstuck in the second half. Portugal can be backed at 2/3 with William Hill.
Iran vs Portugal Preview
Iran can still qualify for the knock-out round but they will need to collect three points against Portugal in Saransk. Carlos Queiroz’s side beat Morocco with a last-minute strike before suffering a narrow-margin defeat to Spain. They were incredibly unlucky against La Roja, falling behind to a deflected effort before having a goal chalked off by VAR. They will work hard throughout the 90 minutes and will not allow the opposition any room. A point would not be enough to send them through and they need to go for broke in this encounter.
Portugal were excellent against Spain and raised their game in the Iberian-derby. Cristiano Ronaldo has netted all four of their tournament goals so far and their over-reliance on the Real Madrid man is a concern for fans. Fernando Santos’ side took the lead against Morocco but failed to create any further opportunities and were hanging on to their slender lead throughout the second half. They were extremely unconvincing and will need to improve significantly here. Can the European champions secure their place in the round of 16?
Iran vs Portugal Correct Score Prediction
It’s 4/1 with William Hill for Portugal to win this game 1-0 and that looks like a sensible bet in this tie. They needed a single Cristiano Ronaldo goal to edge past Morocco and a similar outcome looks likely. Iran will battle throughout the 90 minutes and will defend in numbers. Portugal may need one moment of magic and it may come from a free-kick or penalty. A 0-0 draw is also a possibility and that’s available at 33/5 with Royal Panda.
Iran will need to put pressure on the Portuguese defence as they search for a winner. Their opponents haven’t been convincing at the back but should be able to hold relatively firm here. This game looks likely to be a slow-burner. Portugal can’t afford to lose, whilst Iran simply must pick up three points. Under 2.5 Goals looks a decent option in this Group B fixture and it can be backed at 8/13 with Bet365. Carlos Queiroz’s side don’t do high-scoring games, with five of their last seven matches ending with fewer than three goals.
Iran vs Portugal Odds
Group B Standings
Portugal are joint-top of Group B alongside Spain. They have an identical goal difference coming into this fixture. Iran have collected three points from their opening two matches and can still qualify for the knock-out round. Morocco are bottom and have been eliminated from the competition.
- Iran have found the net in four of their last five matches. Both Teams to Score? Yes is 5/4 with William Hill
- They had just 32% possession against Spain
- Iran are looking for just their second ever victory at the World Cup
- Portugal only had two shots on target during their 1-0 victory against Morocco
- Cristiano Ronaldo has netted all four of their goals at the tournament
- 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 goalless at half-time but the European side made their dominance count after the break. Deco’s wonderful strike remains Portugal’s only World Cup goal scored from outside of the box and Cristiano Ronaldo added some gloss to the scoreline from the penalty spot late on.
Portugal 2-0 Iran – 17/06/2006
Sardar Azmoun – He may have endured a frustrating season in the Russian Premier League but he is a wonderful talent and it’s unsurprising to see him linked with a number of Premier League clubs. He creates plenty of chances and pops up with the occasional goal or two.
Cristiano Ronaldo – There is no other choice. The multiple Champions League winner is the focal point of this side and can potentially single-handedly guide his side to the latter stages of the competition. He has the knack of netting crucial goals and we can expect plenty of majestic displays from CR7 in Russia.
19:00 – Kaliningrad Stadium