England vs Iran prediction, odds & betting tips

England vs Iran prediction, odds & betting tips

Kick-off: 1300, 21/11/2022

Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium


England and Iran square up on an action-packed opening day of the 2022 World Cup with Gareth Southgate’s side strongly fancied to take the points.

Wales and USA make up an interesting Group B and a winning start at Khalifa International Stadium could be key to making the knockout stage.

The Three Lions should have enough to edge it and a win with both teams scoring at 3.7 is our first England vs Iran prediction.

England Odds

England are big favourites for this one – and to top the section – but they simply do not do statement wins when kicking off a competition.

In the 10 major tournaments they have featured in this century, their record in their opening match has room for improvement.

Going back as far as Euro 2000, England fans have watched their side start out by losing to Portugal, France and Italy, as well as drawing with Sweden, USA, France and Russia.

Their only victories came against Croatia, Paraguay (both 1-0) and Tunisia (after an injury-time goal from Harry Kane in Russia four years ago).

As expected, the Three Lions had no real problems in qualifying for Qatar 2022 but have stuttered since.

Their early Nations League form was poor – no wins from four matches – and there have even been calls from some sections of the support for Southgate to go.

Those calls were rightly ignored and Southgate will be in charge come November, when he can oversee a win for his team after drawing at half-time.

Looking at the England vs Iran odds, that combination bet is available at 4.0.

Iran Odds

Like England, Iran topped their group in qualifying.

They posted 14-0 and 10-0 wins over Cambodia in the second round but had to beat Bahrain and Iraq in two of their final three games to head into round three as group winners.

Team Melli finished first again, winning eight and drawing one of their 10 matches, losing only to South Korea once a place in Qatar was sealed.

Mehdi Taremi and Alireza Jahanbakhsh shared eight of the 15 goals Iran scored in the third qualifying round.

Both men featured at the last World Cup, with Taremi missing a golden chance against Portugal as his side just failed to make the knockout stage for the first time.

Iran beat Morocco and drew with the Portuguese four years ago, while their sole defeat was when Spain’s Diego Costa scored the only goal of the match in Kazan.

So, they can mix it with the big boys, but we still fancy Southgate’s men to shade it and a 2-1 correct score at 8.75 completes our England vs Iran betting tips.

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