Iran v Portugal Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 25th June
Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews Iran v Portugal and provides us with his best bets for Monday afternoon’s World Cup Group B clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Iran v Portugal Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 25/06/18
- Time: 19:00
- Venue: Mordovia Arena
- Channel: N/A
The final matches of Group B take place on Monday evening and Iran face off against Portugal. Iran’s last minute victory against Morocco sees them in with a chance of reaching the knockout rounds if they manage to gain a famous victory in the Mordovia Arena. Portugal also need a positive result in order to secure their passage to the second round. They sit on 4 points level with Spain in Group B and they’ll be fighting to not only get through to the next round but to try and finish top of this entertaining group.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been in inspired form in this World Cup and he sits in second place for the Golden Boot on 4 goals. Just like in Euro 2016 Ronaldo has dragged his team into contention for going deeper into this tournament. He’ll face a stern task against a well organised Iran side coached by Carlos Queiroz, who took charge of Portugal in 2010, but he should be backed to grab himself another goal in this tournament against the team he opened his World Cup account against in 2006.
Iran have looked organised throughout the tournament and were somewhat unlucky against Spain were they lost narrowly 1-0. However despite their organisation they haven’t looked very threatening up front and they will need to throw caution to the wind in a game that is a straight shoot-out for to qualification to the next round. This need for a win will hopefully leave plenty of gaps for a Portugal side who have looked threatening on the break. Five of Portugal’s last seven games have seen the sides share over 2.5 goals and this match could continue that run. Portugal to win and over 2.5 goals is best priced with William Hill at 21-10.
Iran may be without Olympiakos defender Ehsan Hajsafi, who sustained a thigh injury against Spain. Milad Mohammadi is likely to start if Hajsafi is not fit enough to play.
Portugal did have concerns over Midfielder Joao Moutihno who missed several training sessions due to the flu, but he has recovered in time to play and will once again be looking to make Portugal tick in midfield. Left back Rapahel Guerrerio has recovered from a leg injury that he picked up in the last game.
Potential Iran Starting XI: Alireza Beiranvand; Ramin Rezaeian, Morteza Pouraliganji, Majid Hosseini, Milad Mohammadi; Saeid Ezatolahi, Mehdi Taremi, Omid Ebrahimi, Vahid Amiri; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Sardar Azmoun.
Potential Portugal Starting XI: Rui Patricio; Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro; William Carvalho, Adrien Silva, Joao Mario; Bernardo Silva, Goncalo Guedes, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Head To Head
- Iran and Portugal have met only twice with Portugal coming out on top in both meetings, most recently in 2006 with Deco and Cristiano Ronaldo Scoring in a 2-0 win.
Key Stats & Facts
- Iran are winless in seven World Cup meetings against European sides (D1, L6), with that draw coming against Scotland in 1976.
- Portugal have won 3 of 4 of their World Cup games against Asian opposition, losing to host nation South Korea in the 2002 competition.
- Portugal’s 1-0 win over Morocco was their first clean sheet since a goalless draw against Brazil in 2010, ending a run of five matches without a clean sheet.
- Portugal have scored 4 goals from just 5 shots on target at this World Cup.
- Iran 21/4
- Draw 11/4
- Portugal 8/11
We have a very intriguing game in store for us tomorrow evening. Iran will be fighting for everything to try and get through to the knockout phase of the competition for the first time in their history and this should help to provide an open game with goals a plenty.