World Cup 2022 England vs Iran, Tips & Predictions

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England vs Iran WC Predictions

England take on Iran in the opening match of Group B at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The game kicks off at 4pm local time (1pm UK Time) in the Khalifa International Stadium. 

England finished in 4th place at the 2018 World Cup after a 2-1 semi-final defeat at the hands of Croatia. Iran narrowly failed to get out of the group four years ago, finishing on four points in a strong group. 

And the World Cup betting for this big clash sees England currently as 3/10 favourites with Betzone to open their campaign with a victory, just as they did in 2018. 

England vs Iran Best Odds

Key Points and Trends

  • Head-to-Head: This will be the first meeting between the two sides at senior level.
  • England: England defeated Tunisia in their opening match four years ago but had previously failed to win their first game in both 2014 and 2010.
  • Iran: Iran have finished bottom of the group in three of their five World Cup appearances.
  • Player: Harry Kane won the Golden Boot in Russia 2018, finishing with six goals.

England vs Iran Betting Tips

England conceded and scored in their last three opening matches at the World Cup finals. They conceded to lower-ranked teams in Tunisia (2018) and the USA (2010).

BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE: 27/20 

The Three Lions ended a streak of failing to win their opening games at the finals with a late victory over Tunisia in 2018, and they should have enough to get over the line in this one. 

ENGLAND TO WIN AND BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE: 3/1

With Harry Kane leading the line, England have put teams to the sword in their last two major tournaments. They put six past Panama in 2018 and four past Ukraine in the Euros last year. 

ENGLAND OVER 2.5 GOALS: 8/5

England vs Iran Analysis

ENGLAND

Having underperformed for so long, England have gone close to success in their last two major tournaments. The semi-final defeat four years ago was followed by an agonising defeat on penalties in the Euro 2020 final against Italy. Nevertheless, the betting odds suggest they should go far in Qatar. 

Key Players: Harry Kane, Mason Mount, Phil Foden

Team News: The England manager has a wealth of talent to choose from, with his only concern being previously crucial players such as Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw being out of favour at club level.

Predicted Lineups: Pickford, James, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Saka, Rice, Mount, Bellingham, Sterling, Kane

IRAN

Although they have never made it out of the group at the World Cup finals, they put up a spirited effort in 2018, finishing on four points. They won eight of their ten qualifying matches for Qatar 2022 and topped the group with 25 points. Many predict another group stage exit, but this could be their year to advance. 

Key Players: Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Mehdi Taremi

Team News: Porto striker Mehdi Taremi has Champions League experience and will be vital to the success of the Iranians in this tournament.

Predicted Lineups: Abedzadeh, Moharrami, Kanani, Noorafkan, Mohammadi, Ghoddos, Ezatolahi, Amiri, Jahanbakhsh, Gholizadeh, Taremi 

England vs Iran Prediction

England face a challenging task against an Iranian side in their opening match but should have enough quality to come out on top. They have won the first game of their previous two major international tournaments and will be favourites again here.

BET ON ENGLAND TO WIN - 3/10 with Fitzdares

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