History of Close Calls
Iran lost 6-2 to England in the Group Stage opener while Wales drew 1-1 to the United States. That’s why it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Dragons (+105) come in as the betting online favorites for Friday’s matchup. However, the margin is not as big as they would like because it leaves the door open for a surprise.
The point is that we’re set for a highly entertaining matchup and we’ve plenty of FIFA World Cup prop predictions for you to consider.
Let’s take a ride through Wales’ last 11 games, including the match against Team USA. During that span, they managed to get a 2-4-5 record. All four draws were 1-1, while all five losses were by one goal. That’s why a draw is worth a prop bet.
As for Iran, leaving the humiliating defeat against England out of the equation, its last four games finished either with a draw or a one-goal difference. Again, a reason to consider a draw, especially at +220.
- Picks: Score Draw (+375) / Exact Total Goals – 4 (+550)
Nothing to Lose
After the first fixture, Wales and Iran have nothing to lose and much to win. Assuming England defeats Team USA, the winner of this match would depend only on itself to advance to the Round of 16. Therefore, I expect both to go all in right from the start. Nevertheless, I think the game will end 2-2. Iran isn’t that bad, and Wales isn’t used to being the soccer betting favorite.
- Picks: Draw and Both Teams to Score – Yes (+375) / Draw and Total Over 2½ (+1300)
Best on the Pitch
Individually, there’s no doubt that Gareth Bale and Mehdi Taremi are the ones you should keep an eye on. Bale scored Wales’ goal against the Americans while Taremi scored a brace against England. Overall, Bale has scored 41 goals in 109 games for the Dragons. As for Taremi, he has scored 30 goals in 61 games for Team Melli.
As if that wasn’t enough, both are in charge of penalties while Bale is algo in charge of free kicks. In fact, Bale’s goal against the Stars and Stripes was from the penalty spot while one of Taremi’s goals against the Three Lions was also from the penalty spot.
- Picks: Any time Goalscorer – Gareth Bale (+160) / Mehdi Taremi (+375) / Iran to Score a Penalty (+800) / Wales to Score a Penalty (+550)
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