Tip Morocco - Iran
It wll be a major shock if either of these sides makes it through to the knock-out stages of this tournament. They have to take on both Spain and European Champions Portugal so an early exit is on the cards for both Morocco and Iran with this game most likely deciding who will finish third in the group. Morocco are the favourites to win this game and qualified for the finals by winning their group and did so without conceding a goal in their six games. They are currently ranked 41 in the world by FIFA and are unbeaten in their last 18 games.last losing to Cameroon in June of last year. Recent games have seen them defeat Serbia, Slovakia and Estonia with Younas Belhanda, who plays his club football for Galatasaray, scoring in the last two games after failing to score in any of his first 43 internationals. They will be pinning a lot of hopes on 24-year-old Ayoub El Kaabi who has scored 11 goals in his 10 games for them.
Iran also won their qualifying group and finished seven points ahead of second-placed South Korea. They were unbeaten in their ten games and only conceded two goals but only scored ten themselves.with their five away matches seeing just two goals scored. This is their third appearance in the last four World Cup finals but they are yet to get out of their group and are most unlikely to do so this time either. They have won three of their last four games but have suffered defeats by Tunisia and Turkey. Their top striker is Sardar Azmoun who has scored 23 goals in 33 internationals and all four of their strikers in the squad are in double figures re international goals scored. The suggested bet here is to go for Morocco to get the win over Iran to continue their good form over the past year.
Key points Morocco - Iran
Morocco are unbeaten in their last 18 games.
Morocco have won seven of their last eight games.
Iran have been beaten in recent months by both Turkey and Tunisia.
Conclusion Morocco - Iran
Morocco come into this tournament on a long unbeaten run. They qualified from their group without conceding a goal and have been winning plenty of games since ensuring qualification for Russia with some good European scalps. They take on an Iranian side that also had few problems qualifying for this tournament but often struggle to score goals with only ten in ten qualifiers. They have had a couple of recent defeats and the tip here is to go for Morocco to get the win in this game but then the much tougher games against Spain and Portugal come along for both these sides.
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