After one game, England remains heavily favored to win Group B. The thing is, the race for a second place got very interesting after the opening draw between Wales and the United States. So interesting that even Iran has options. Well, that’s if Team Melli manages to beat the Dragons on Friday.
Wales vs Iran Betting Lines
Wales: Great Second Half
Wales players looked a bit nervous during the first half of the game against Team USA, especially after Timothy Weah scored the opener in the 36th minute. Nevertheless, head coach Rob Page must have given a great pep talk during the break because his players came back with a completely different attitude for the second half.
Despite losing possession with 41 percent, the Dragons ended up with seven shots in total, one more than the Stars and Stripes. Three of those shots ended up being on target, while the U.S. team finished with only one. Summing up, the Dragons were much more aggressive in the second half, an attitude they must show right from the start against Iran.
As expected, Gareth Bale was crucial for Wales to win a point on Monday. He scored the equalizer from the penalty spot with only 10 minutes left on the clock. Defender Ben Davies also had a great game.
Finally, keep in mind that Wales scored in nine of its last 10 games in all competitions. Plus, they’ve no major injury concerns. In other words, this looks like a great opportunity for the Dragons to get their second victory in WC history.
Iran: Nothing to Lose
After losing 6-2 to England, Iran has nothing to lose and much to gain. Team Melli resisted for 35 minutes, but once the Three Lions scored the first goal, it all went downhill. The first half finished 3-0.
As if that wasn’t enough, goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand had to leave the field after colliding with Majid Hosseini while trying to deflect a cross. He’s expected to miss the rest of the tournament.
Despite the loss, there were also good things. Mehdi Taremi scored a brace, which made him one of the tourney’s top scorers. Having scored two goals against England could end up making the difference regarding the ticket for the Round of 16.
Curiously enough, Iran also failed to score only once in its last 10 games in all competitions. So, if there’s something you can expect from these two, it’s goals. Maybe not a goal-fest, but I think we can rule out a goalless draw.
Finally, Carlos Queiroz has way more experience than Page. It’s time to prove it.
Wales vs Iran Match Information
- Match: Wales vs Iran
- Date: Friday, Nov. 25
- Time: 5 a.m. ET
- Location: Al-Rayyan Stadium, Al-Rayyan
- Wales vs Iran Live Stream: fuboTV
Wales vs Iran Prediction
- Worth Betting on the Moneyline?
Totally. Wales comes in as the betting online favorite at +105, which means it’s not that clear. On the other hand, Iran is offering a +310 price. If Team Melli ends up pulling off the stunner, a $100 wager will turn into a $410 payout. Last but not least, the draw is offering a +220 price. I think this is going to be a highly entertaining game that will end in a draw.
- Worth Betting ATS?
Not really since Wales is –½ (+105) and Iran is +½ (-125). Again, that basically means there’s no clear favorite. The risk is pretty much the same, but the reward isn’t as attractive as with the moneyline.
- Worth Betting on the Totals?
The best option here is wagering on Wales total, which is set at 1½ in the sportsbook. The over is offering a +150 price. On the road to Qatar 2022, the Dragons managed to score two goals against Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Austria. All three are considerably better than Iran.
SCORE PREDICTION: Wales 2, Iran 2