Kickoff: 09:00 PM (GMT +8)
Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium
England v Iran Prediction (FIFA World Cup) – The most-awaited football event is finally here, as England take on Iran for their opening match in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides, who are both considered powerhouses in their respective continents. Will the Three Lions begin their campaign on a high note? Or will Team Melli pull off one of the biggest surprises of the tournament? Let’s read on for our prediction.
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England v Iran Prediction – Form (All Competitions)
England have been winless in their last five outings, which all took place in the UEFA Nations’ League last June. Iran, meanwhile, have played in four recent friendlies, which have resulted in two wins, one draw and one loss. Let’s now take a closer look at both sides.
England v Iran Prediction – Preview
England are seeking to end 56 years of frustration and bring home the Cup for the second time in history. They had a forgettable stint in the UEFA Nations League, as they were relegated from the top tier, having not managed a win against Hungary, Germany and Italy. In the tournament, the lone goal came from a Harry Kane penalty which forced a 1-1 draw against the Germans. Now, the Gareth Southgate-led squad are on a tight schedule after Premier League games still ongoing a week from the big event. While loaded with talent, the Three Lions will be without names such as Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Fikayo Tomori and Jadon Sancho. Will their gamble pay off as they try to chase the elusive Cup?
Iran will be participating in their third consecutive World Cup tournament, and their sixth overall. They topped their group in the third round, finishing with 8 wins in 10 matches and were two points clear of Korea Republic. And despite the later beating the former in March, Team Melli would still finish on a high note, beating Lebanon 2-0 with Sardar Azmoun and Alireza Jahanbakhsh scoring. Prior to arriving in Qatar, the Carlos Queiroz-led squad had friendlies against Algeria, Uruguay, Senegal and Nicaragua. Jahanbakhsh and Mehdi Taremi were standouts in these outings, which gave ample preparation as underdogs against a talented Three Lions squad. Could their preparations all pay off in the so-called “group of death”?
England v Iran Prediction – Final Thoughts
Despite Iran having more recent preparation as a team, the men of England have their teamwork down pat heading into opening day. The best of Asia will have their hands full with the Three Lions, who may have their most promising lineup yet in years. How far the Englishman can go in the competition remains to be seen, but for now let’s enjoy their opening hurrah against Team Melli. With that, let’s take a look at our prediction.
England v Iran – Prediction
We will be betting on the Asian Handicap and Over/Under in Euro football odds for this match:
Disclaimer: The odds change from time to time without prior notice and is only available at the time of writing
For this FIFA World Cup Group Stage England v Iran Prediction to win, England need to win by at least two goals. If they win by just one goal, the bettor loses all of the stakes. For the Over/Under bet to win, the total goal count should be above 2 goals.
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