Iran vs Spain: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
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Final score: Iran 0-1 Spain
For the match – Iran vs Portugal.
For the match – Spain vs Morocco.
20th June 2018 – 19:00 GMT
Kazan Arena Stadium
Spain have got their toughest game out of the way and they will fancy their chances of picking up three points in this match. They are predicted to collect their first win of the 2018 World Cup and can be backed at 2/11 with Betfred.
Iran could pose Spain a few problems but they are likely to be outclassed in this contest. They beat Morocco to give themselves a fighting chance of progressing but they are unlikely to upset the odds in this one.
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Fernando Hierro’s tenure in charge of Spain got off to an inauspicious start as his side fell behind after just two minutes against their Iberian neighbours. Nacho’s clumsy challenge gave Cristiano Ronaldo an opportunity to open the scoring and he duly obliged. They soon bounced back and led by the imperious Diego Costa, they turned the tie around. They will want to continue their excellent recent form in this fixture.
Iran competed admirably against Morocco and very few people can begrudge them their first World Cup success in twenty years. They were well-organised but also carried a threat in the final third. They will look to stifle Spain throughout and hit them on the counter-attack. Will they manage to pick up another shock result?
Iran vs Spain Score Prediction
Whilst Spain’s 3-3 draw with Portugal was an early contender for game of the tournament, this is unlikely to be quite as enthralling. Spain should get the job done here and they’ll be pleased to get away with a solid victory. It might take a while to break the Iranian resistance but they should find a way through. 2-0 Spain looks the likeliest outcome in this one. It can be backed at 41/10 with 888Sport.
This match could be fairly one-sided and Spain are likely to score the majority of the goals in this encounter. They netted three times against Portugal but also conceded three. Those goals were largely down to the individual brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo and they are unlikely to be too troubled by Iran’s forwards. It’s 1.33 for Under 3.5 Goals in this encounter and it will be popular with punters who don’t mind taking a short price.
Both Teams to Score Prediction
Spain’s resistance was broken after just two minutes against Portugal but Iran are likely to cause them significantly fewer problems. La Roja have one of the most experienced defences in the competition and they should be able to keep out Carlos Queiroz’s side. Iran needed a Moroccan player to put through his own net and many of their players panicked when presented with decent opportunities in that game. Don’t expect them to find the net in this one. 10Bet are offering 4/6 on Both Teams to Score? No.
Iran vs Spain Odds
Group B Standings
Iran sit top of Group B after the first match following their 90th-minute strike. Portugal and Spain sit level in second whilst Morocco are propping up the table and are the only side yet to have scored a goal.
- Iran’s victory over Morocco was their first World Cup victory in 20 years
- Iran only scored just one goal at the 2014 World Cup
- Iran have conceded 22 goals in their four previous World Cup appearances but kept a rare clean sheet against Morocco on June 15th
- Spain were champions in 2010, winning six of their seven games
- Sergio Ramos will be making his 15th World Cup appearance in this game, matching Xavi’s total
- Diego Costa scored twice against Portugal, those were his first World Cup goals. He is 6/1 with Bet365 to finish as the tournament’s top goalscorer
World Cup Qualifiers
David Silva – 5 Goals – 80/1 with 10Bet to finish as Top Goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup.
Diego Costa – 5 Goals – 25/1 with NetBet to finish as Top Goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup
Isco – 5 Goals – 50/1 with Betfred to finish as the Top Goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup
Sardar Azmoun – 4 Goals – 750/1 with 888Sport to finish as the Top Goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup
Why Should I Bet On Iran Against Spain?
Spain and Portugal were tipped to steam-roll Group B at the World Cup but the opening results have set up the last two matches nicely, with those two drawing 3-3 and Iran edging a surprise victory against Morocco. As a result, another shock win for Carlos Queiroz’s men against the 2010 world champions would put them in the last 16.
But while their backs-to-the-wall shift worked against the North Africans, it’s unlikely to do so against Fernando Hierro’s side. Spain exploited the weaknesses in the Portugal defence with a slick attacking performance and the likes of Isco and Diego Costa in particular caught the eye. Expect that to be too much for the Iran backline, so Spain at 1/7 to win with William Hill looks the obvious, albeit non-lucrative, option here.
Diego Costa to score first
One of the main question marks for Spain going into the World Cup finals surrounded the centre forward position. Who was going to lead the line in front of arguably the tournament’s most stacked midfield? Diego Costa, whose national team performances have often left much to be desired, got the nod. He repaid the favour with two fine goals against Portugal in the opening match.
The Atletico Madrid striker will definitely be the starting striker again against Iran and another one or two goals will cement his place as one of the favourites for the Golden Boot. Costa is at 5/2 to break the deadlock with William Hill.
Iran underlined their defensive credentials by beating Morocco 1-0 in their first match in Russia. That came off the back of a qualifying campaign during which they conceded just twice in 10 fixtures. Despite the plethora of talent they’ll face on Wednesday, the three-time AFC champions are unlikely to buckle completely.
Spain should have more than enough to breach the Iranian defence, though, having already scored three in a performance which was far from perfect. La Roja scored an average of 3.6 goals per game during qualifying, although that included two 8-0 victories against minnows Liechtenstein. Wednesday’s game should be a tighter affair than those at least and a 2-0 win for Hierro’s side at 7/2 with William Hill appears to offer good value.
Goalkeepers – Pepe Reina, David De Gea, Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Defenders – Sergio Ramos, Nacho Fernandez, Gerard Pique, Dani Carvajal, Jordi Alba, Alvaro Odriozola, Nacho Monreal, Cesar Azpilicueta.
Midfielders – Isco, Marco Asensio, Andres Iniesta, Saul Niguez, Koke, David Silva, Thiago Alcantara, Sergio Busquets.
Forwards – Iago Aspas, Rodrigo, Diego Costa, Lucas Vasquez.
Goalkeepers: Alireza Beiranvand, Rashid Mazaheri, Amir Abedzadeh.
Defenders: Majid Hosseini, Ramin Rezaeian, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Morteza Pouraliganji, Pejman Montazeri, Milad Mohammadi, Roozbeh Cheshmi.
Midfielders: Saeid Ezatolahi, Masoud Shojaei, Mehdi Torabi, Omid Ebrahimi, Ehsan Haji Safi, Karim Ansarifard, Vahid Amiri.
Forwards: Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Mehdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun, Reza Ghoochannejhad, Saman Ghoddos, Ashkan Dejagah.
19:00 – Kazan Stadium