Iran – Portugal : Preview & Prediction
This last meeting of the Pool B already looks like a knockout match. Indeed, both teams play their place for the knockout stages of the World Cup. Portugal still has a clear advantage over Iran. After their draw against Spain and their victory against Morocco, the Portuguese are at the top of this group. For their part, Iran had to bow to Spain after a success against Moroccans. If the Iranians did not despair against the Spanish team, the men of Carlos Queiroz were able to take advantage of some clumsiness of La Roja to make them doubt until the last second. There is no doubt that Portugal will not underestimate Iran after having analyzed their first two meetings. Showing a steady defensive stance against defensive teams, Fernando Santos’ men also have plenty of offensive assets to foil the Iranian rearguard. Led by Cristiano Ronaldo in great form (four goals in two games), Portugal may well have the last word in the third day.
Portugal remains a series of five matches without defeat.
Iran will be forced to win to dream of a qualification. Complicated.
The two teams have already clashed at the 2006 World Cup for a win of the Portuguese (2-0).
Iran have lost two of their last three games against a European nation.
Cristiano Ronaldo is in great shape at the start of the World Cup and may well pose problems for the Iranian defense.
If Portugal needs only one point to ensure qualification, no doubt that Fernando Santos’s men will try to get away quickly. While Iran should skilfully play their chance from the first moments of this match, the Iranian team could be punished by the quality of the Portuguese counterattack. Whether Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva or Gonçalo Guedes, Portuguese players should be able to shake Iran many times. Many assets that should allow the Portuguese to get by with the three points. Victory of the European Champions!
Iran – Portugal : Betting Tips
Draw – Win Odds: 3.70
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 1.70
Over 2.5 Goals – Odds: 1.70