World Cup 2022: England v Iran betting tips
The Three Lions have a history of making a slow start at the World Cup and their opening group game could be a tight encounter. England begin their World Cup campaign on Monday evening at the Khalifa International stadium when they face Iran in the opening match of Group B.
While USA and Wales battle later in the day for breathing room in Group B, England and Iran match up in the other clash in the group as the Three Lions hope to establish early supremacy.
Gareth Southgate’s sides chances have been dismissed by many after a poor Nations League campaign. England are a team who made the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and were runners-up at Euro 2020. The English squad for the World Cup is quite different from the one we saw in the Nations League but the team is far from being a real contender in this World Cup.
England’s most recent match, a 3-3 draw against Germany at Wembley, was well and truly a game of two (differing) halves. The first half was a goalless, boring affair but things then kicked into life, with all six goals coming after half-time. And that’s been the case for a lot of England matches. Of the 20 goals scored in England matches in 2022, both for and against, 15 have come after half-time.
The game will take place on the tournament’s opening day, 21st November. With a 4 pm local time kick-off, in the 45,000 capacity, Khalifa International Stadium, situated at just 8 miles from Doha city centre.
England v Iran possible line up
England: Pickford – Trippier, Stones, Dier, Maguire, Shaw – Bellingham, Rice – Sterling, Kane, Foden
Iran: Beiranvand – Moharrami, Kanaani, Hosseini, Hajsafi – Nourollahi, Ezatolahi, Gholizadeh – Jahanbakhsh, Azmoun, Taremi
The Three Lions are heavy favorites against Iran, but this team rarely kicks off major tournaments well. In fact, they have only won three opening matches at a major tournament since Euro 2000. Luckily for the Three Lions, talisman Harry Kane is in fine form, totaling 13 goals for Tottenham this season. They will need him to be at the top of his game against Iran, where Carlos Queiroz, “the master of defense,” is at the helm.
Queiroz knows he doesn’t have star names on his team, and he uses this to his advantage by stifling opponents’ attacks. His team closes down its shape and keeps two lines of players between the ball and the goal at all times.
England v Iran picks and key stat
- England faces Iran in the first game in Group B.
- The Three Lions are favorite to win the game, but Iran will make it difficult.
- Expect a low-scoring win for Southgate’s team.
- A solid defense will make it difficult even for Iran’s top strikers Taremi and Azmoun.
- Much more experience in major events than Iran
We think that match will be very echilibrate. By the way Iran can keep a clean sheet for long time. Taremi is a very good stiker. I think that England will win but no clean sheet for them.