Iran and Spain match up in Group B on Sunday 20th June, with both teams making solid starts in a tough group which also contains European champions Portugal and Morocco. The 2010 champions were involved in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Portugal while Iran defeated Morocco 1-0.
Where and when: Kazan Arena, Kazan – 20 June, kick-off 19:00
Where you can see Iran vs. Spain: William Hill, ITV
Last time: These two sides have never before met, neither competitively nor in a friendly.
|Iran ‘double chance’||5/1||Offer|
|Under 2.5 goals||6/5||Offer|
Iran vs. Spain Predictions and Preview
Iran have now qualified for four of the last six FIFA World Cup competitions but have never advanced beyond the group stage.
The majority of Carlos Queiroz’s side are based in Europe and have built their success upon a solid defence and tactical discipline.
An opening day 1-0 victory over Morocco was another tactical triumph for Quieroz’s side, who are now eyeing a remarkable qualification from the ‘group of death’.
Spain entered the tournament in chaos and controversy with the dismissal of Real Madrid-bound boss Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the competition, replaced by former captain Fernando Hierro.
La Roja are unbeaten in 21 matches including their opening 3-3 draw with Spain, in which they were denied by hat-trick hero Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Spanish are favourites to win this game at odds of 1/7, with an Iran victory available at 25/1 and the draw priced at 6/1.
Under 2.5 goals is available at 6/5 while over 2.5 goals is priced at 4/6.
A ‘double chance’ on Iran to battle their way to either a draw or a win is available at 5/1.
If you fancy Spain to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 4/6.
One to watch for Iran: Rubin Kazan striker Sardar Azmoun is the main threat for the Iranians with 23 goals in 34 appearances and is likely to start again in this clash.
One to watch for Spain: Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas has netted five goals in 11 international appearances, including a recent winner against Tunisia, and is likely to play a prominent role in this tournament.
Long shot: Iran have kept 10 clean sheets in their last 17 matches and will look to sit deep and nullify the Spanish threat. This game could be cagey and a scoreless draw in this game is available at odds of 16/1.