Today’s Predictions : Iran Vs Spain
Iran 0 – 1 Spain
The 20th match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 is a mismatch between Iran and 2010 World Champions Spain.
- Date : 20th June 2018
- Time : 11:30 PM (IST)
- Venue : Kazan Stadium
As we move further in the second round of the group stage, we have Spain taking on Iran, who were shock 1-0 winners over Morocco in the their first game. Iran would be looking to be defensively resilient again, while Spain would be looking for a big win to kickstart their campaign after a draw.
FIFA World Cup Qualification
Iran had one of the most dominant and straightforward qualifying runs of all 32 teams at the World Cup. Not only did they win their group, they did not concede a single goal till their last game, which was played after qualification had already been achieved. They were the second team to qualify for the World Cup after Brazil.
Spain were even more dominant in their Qualifiers, staying unbeaten throughout the phase, with 9 wins and 1 draw. ‘La Roja’ scored 36 goals and conceded just 3 in those 10 matches. Their biggest win was over Italy at the Bernabeu, with Real Madrid sensation Isco scoring a brace to earn a 3-0 victory for his nation.
Iran has been in decent form themselves, with 4 wins in their last 6 matches. However, they lost their most recent game to Turkey 2-1. They scored 9 goals and conceded 5 in those 6 games. They started off the World Cup with a huge win over Morocco, courtesy of a last minute own goal, and surprisingly are the current group leaders in a group containing Spain and Portugal.
Spain have been as solid as ever, staying unbeaten in their last 6 matches, with 3 wins, the biggest of which came against the mighty Argentina, who were mercilessly thrashed 6-1. They have several players in form, with 4 different players scoring 5 goals each in the qualifiers. Diego Costa scored twice against Portugal but couldn’t save them from dropping a point as the match ended 3-3.
Iran and Spain in the World Cup So Far
Spain kicked off their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign with one of the most exciting matches in recent international tournaments. Facing their Iberian rivals Portugal, Spain broke the deadlock with a brilliant opening goal from Diego Costa. However, a roller coaster match ensued, with Cristiano Ronaldo stepping up to score a hattrick, including a brilliant free kick to make the score 3-3. The battle for top place is still very much open in this group.
Iran faced Morocco in their opening game, and as expected, set out very defensively to try and absorb a lot of pressure and counter attack. Despite a lot of domination from Morocco, Iran held tight at the back till the last few minutes and then were gifted an own goal which led to an extremely vital and unexpected 1-0 victory.
Head To Head Record
These two nations have never played a competitive fixture against each other before.
Spain have dropped some of the biggest names in world football in their final 23-man squad, such is the talent at their disposal. Top players like Alvaro Morata and Cesc Fabregas, who could have walked into any other national side, could not find any place in the final squad. Spain do not have any significant injury scares, although their squad selection has been widely criticized.
Iran have no significant injury scares and would be happy to name their 23 strongest players in the World Cup squad. With a pacy and youthful attacking setup, and a solid defence along with an experienced keeper, Asia’s highest ranked team would be looking to take advantage of their brilliant start to the campaign.
Players To Watch Out For
Spain still have an abundance of incredible talent at their disposal. While this may be his last international tournament, Andres Iniesta is still one of the best midfielders in the world and would be looking to be decisive again. Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique form arguably the toughest center back pairing in the world, while Isco has elevated his game to another level in recent times. Diego Costa would be looking to fight for the golden boot after scoring a brace against Portgual.
Iran have a plethora of young talented attacking players, with many saying this is the best Iranian side in history. Young forward Sardar Azmoun led the line brilliantly during the qualifiers, with 11 goals to his name. The ‘Iranian Messi’ is expected to take his team as far as possible. His partner Alireza Jahanbakhsh was the top scorer in the Dutch league last season, and would be looking to share the goal-scoring burden, especially after a fantastic performance in the opening game.
Iran Vs Spain Betting Odds And Key Statistics
- Spain are massive favourites to win this match handsomely, despite drawing their first game 3-3 to Portugal. They played some of their best football in recent times but still couldn’t manage a win.
- Iran defended really well throughout the 90 minutes against Morocco, and ended up being gifted a winner, and hence would like to replicate their performance.
- Spain usually have a tight defence, only undone by the very special Cristiano Ronaldo, and we expect them to keel a clean sheet in this match. With Iran also boasting of a great defensive record, we recommend betting on the under 2.5 goals to score market, as well as the both teams not to score market.
- Spain would be looking to relive their glory days which seemed to have disappeared after the 2012 Euro championships, and would be looking to go all the way in this tournament, improving their goal difference to get a lead on Portugal, who are also expected to beat Morocco in the other fixture.
Diego Costa seems to be in great form for the Spaniards, and we expect him to score again in this fixture, though we do not expect a lot of goals in this match. Spain should comfortably win this match with the quality they possess.
Our Predicted Scoreline: Iran 0 – 2 Spain