Iran vs Portugal Betting Tip
Iran vs Portugal | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
Iran are playing in their fourth World Cup and their second in succession having also qualified for the 2014 tournament in Brazil. Their only World Cup victory to date came in the famous 2-1 win over United States in the 1998 edition in France and it would be a huge upset if they were to record their second win in this game. Portugal come into the 2018 World Cup as the European champions. They defeated the hosts, France at Euro 2016 and won 9 of their 10 games in qualifying for the World Cup. They are expected to win this game and seal their place in the Round of 16.
Iran are the underdogs for this match but have shown enough in their previous two games to suggest they could cause Portugal problems. Iran failed to win a game at the 2014 World Cup and are hoping to show the world they have made progress in the last four years by winning this game and qualifying for the next round. Portugal know a point would be good enough to see them through to the knockout stages. However, if they have any desire to win the group, they must win this match by a better margin than Spain defeat Morocco or hope the Spanish slip-up in their game.
Not a great deal was expected of Iran when they were drawn in what is a very tough group. Many people predicted they would finish bottom of the group but that is now unlikely thanks to their excellent 1-0 win over Morocco. It took a deflected goal for Spain to defeat Iran and they seem capable of causing Portugal problems in this game.
Portugal started their opening match positively against Spain and went in-front only to then fall behind in the match. However, with Cristiano Ronaldo in their team they will always have a chance and the Real Madrid man scored an equaliser in the dying minutes. The former Manchester United man scored the winning goal against Morocco and is very much the key player for the Portuguese in this match.
Iran vs Portugal Head to Head
Portugal and Iran have met twice in the past, with Portugal coming out on top in both games. Their most recent meeting came at the 2006 World Cup and Portugal won the game 2-0, with Cristiano Ronaldo among the goal scorers.
Odds and Predictions
As the European champions and with superior quality players throughout the team, Portugal will start this match as the favourites to win. You can back Portugal to take maximum points at 1.72. Iran have been given very little hope in this match by the bookmakers and although the win at 5.75 could be out of reach, a draw is not out of the question at 3.70. Iran will be taking the same approach as in their previous two matches and will attempt to defend well and take any chances which come their way on the break. This could result in a low scoring game and the draw and under 2.5 goals is 4.00. There is one man Portugal will turn to in order to break the deadlock in this match and that’s Cristiano Ronaldo. With 4 goals already to his name the Portuguese will be eager to add to his tally and is 3.50 to open the scoring. Alireza Jahanbakhsh is arguably Iran’s most talented player and enjoyed a great season in the Eredivisie. The AZ winger is 5.00 to score at any time in the match.
Iran vs Portugal Top Betting Tip: Draw (1-1)
Portugal are the favourites to win this game but they struggled at times during their run to the final at Euro 2016 and this could be another difficult match. Iran proved themselves to be worthy opponents against Spain and will believe they can get something from this game.