Prior to the start of the 2022 World Cup, team USA was the betting online favorite to finish as the runners-up in Group B. Well, the Stars and Stripes remain undefeated, but they must defeat Iran in order to make it out of the Group Stage. As for Team Melli, a draw could be enough to rewrite history since they’ve never advanced to the Round of 16.
Let’s check the latest World Cup odds, stats, injury reports, and World Cup lines for Iran vs United States. We’ve plenty of World Cup betting odds for you to consider.
Iran vs United States Betting Lines
Iran started the tournament on the wrong foot, losing 6-2 to England. The good news about that game for Team Melli is that Mehdi Taremi scored twice, allowing him to regain a lot of confidence.
Four days later, Team Melli managed to pull off the upset against Wales. Curiously enough, they won 2-0 with both goals being scored in stoppage time. Rouzbeh Cheshmi scored the opener, while Ramin Rezaeian sealed the deal.
Iran finished with 21 shots in total, 11 more than Gareth Bale and company, though the Dragons won possession with 62%. That’s why a draw could be enough for Iran to qualify. That’s if England defeats Wales, which is likely to happen.
Finally, keep in mind that Team Melli only failed to score once in its last 10 games in all competitions. Plus, they finished with a clean sheet in four of those games. In other words, we’re talking about a more balanced team than many believe.
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United States: Eye of the Tiger
The United States played a great first half against Wales, enough to have a 1-0 lead at halftime. However, something changed in the second and the Dragons took over. Eventually, they managed to score the equalizer from the penalty spot.
Most recently, the Stars and Stripes drew 0-0 to England in a game that, believe it or not, they took more shots than the Three Lions. So, I guess we could say that they should have won. And they almost did, but Christian Pulisic’s shot at the end of the first half hit the bar.
The result marked the first 0-0 draw for the United States in a World Cup. It was also their first shutout of a European side in the tourney since 1950.
Team USA is also a well-balanced team. Besides Pulisic, the attacking unit also includes Timothy Weah, Haji Wright, Brenden Aaronson, and Weston McKennie, to name a few. As for the defense, they finished with a clean sheet in two of their last three games. Besides England, they didn’t allow Saudi Arabia to score. Yes, the same team that defeated Argentina last Tuesday.
Iran vs United States Match Information
- Match: Iran vs United States
- Date: Tuesday, Nov. 29
- Time: 2 p.m. ET
- Location: Al-Thumama Stadium, Al-Thumama
- Iran vs United States Live Stream: fuboTV
Iran vs United States Picks & Prediction
- Is it Worth betting on the Moneyline?
Yes. As mentioned before, team USA was the favorite to finish in second place in Group B. That hasn’t changed. The Stars and Stripes are offering a -115 price in the sportsbook to win straight up. That means you would need to invest $115 to win $100. Considering they advanced to at least the Round of 16 in three of the last four WC editions, that’s a really tempting deal. And yes, I do believe team USA will get the three points.
- Is it Worth betting ATS?
Again, considering all of the above, yes, since USA is offering the same price at –½ goals. That basically means to win the game. The thing is that if you were looking for an underdog to include in your soccer picks, Iran at ½ -105 is very tempting.
- Is it Worth betting on the Totals?
Yes, in fact, betting on the total going over 2½ goals at +120 is my recommendation. After all, both must go-all in right from the start in order to qualify for the Round of 16. The last time they met in the WC was in the 1998 edition and the game finished with a 2-1 victory for Iran. This time, I expect the same final score but in favor of the United States.
Score Prediction: USA 2, Iran 1