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25 November 2022 - 05:00

World - World Cup

Day 2

Wales
Wales
VS
Iran
Iran

Tip :

Wales wins the match

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Wales vs Iran Predictions & Betting Tips (World Cup)

 by Ioannis |

It is match day two at Group B of the World Cup, with Wales facing off against Iran at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, in a pivotal game for both teams’ future in the competition. Wales are sitting joint-second with a point, while Iran are bottom after their defeat to England with zero points. Wales kicked off their first World Cup game after 64 years in pretty nervy fashion, yet mustered a resolute response in the second-half and rescued a point against the USA, courtesy of a thunderbolt penalty kick by talisman Gareth Bale. Iran were humbled by England in their opener, with their 6-2 demolition certainly being catastrophic in terms of team morale. Will they manage to gather themselves for a simply must-win game? The serious head injury of their first choice goalkeeper will surely make things tougher in light of an already crumbling Iran defence.
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The best odds for betting

Bookmaker 1 X 2 Bonus up to
Bet365
2.1 3.2 3.8
1xbet
2.04 3.26 4.26
Vbet
2.29 3.11 3.63
Betobet
2.05 3.1 4.1
Shangrila
2.15 3.15 3.7
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Wales are offered as slight favourites going into this one, with a win found at average odds of 2.20 at most bookmakers. Iran’s price has shortened in the lead-up to this encounter, with their odds for an away win hovering around the 3.80 mark. It is quite peculiar, given that while Wales have not exactly shined in recent games, they surely showed much more convincing signs than their Iranian counterparts in the tournament’s opener.

Form

Ranking

4e
Wales
World Cup Group B
2e
Iran

Last matches

Wales
Wales Last matches
L D L L L D

21 Nov 2022 - World Cup

USA
1 :  1
Wales

25 Sep 2022 - UEFA Nations League

Wales
0 :  1
Poland

22 Sep 2022 - UEFA Nations League

Belgium
2 :  1
Wales

14 Jun 2022 - UEFA Nations League

Netherlands
3 :  2
Wales

11 Jun 2022 - UEFA Nations League

Wales
1 :  1
Belgium

8 Jun 2022 - UEFA Nations League

Wales
1 :  2
Netherlands
Iran
Iran Last matches
W L W D W L

21 Nov 2022 - World Cup

England
6 :  2
Iran

10 Nov 2022 - International Friendlies

Iran
1 :  0
Nicaragua

27 Sep 2022 - International Friendlies

Senegal
1 :  1
Iran

23 Sep 2022 - International Friendlies

Iran
1 :  0
Uruguay

12 Jun 2022 - International Friendlies

Iran
1 :  2
Algeria

29 Mar 2022 - World Cup

Iran
2 :  0
Lebanon

Form Analysis

The atmosphere at the Wales camp right now is one of reserved optimism. The character shown by the team in the second half was an important step going forward, while a victory against Iran will do them wonders in terms of qualifying for the next round. On paper however, the Welsh side’s form has left a lot to be desired. They are winless in their last six games, while they have now conceded in eleven of their last twelve. Moreover, their struggle to finish opponents off was evident once again on Monday night. They have now scored more than once in just one of their last nine encounters, while they have only beaten Belarus with a margin larger than a goal (5-1) in their last seventeen games. In simple analysis, one could argue that Iran’s game plan went out the window the moment talismanic goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand was forced off due to a head injury in the early stages of the first half. Iran proceeded to concede six goals and concede a heavy defeat, prompting several Iranian fans to boo their own players in a move that outraged head coach Carlos Queiroz. In terms of form, Iran have now won just three of their last eight games, keeping three clean sheets in the process. They have also lost three of their last four away games, conceding ten goals in the process.
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Starting 11

Wales

Formation : 3 - 4 - 3

1
W Hennessey
5
C Mepham
6
J Rodon
4
B Davies
9
B Johnson
7
J Allen
12
D Ward
3
N Williams
11
G Bale
13
K Moore
20
D James
9
M Taremi
10
K Ansarifard
16
M Torabi
18
A Karimi
15
R Cheshmi
7
A Jahanbakhsh
5
M Mohammadi
19
M Hosseini
8
M Pouraliganji
23
R Rezaeian
24
H Hosseini

Formation : 4 - 4 - 2

Iran

Missing players

Wales
Wales
Goalkeeper W Hennessey
Iran
Iran
Midfielder A Jahanbakhsh

Squad analysis

Who more suitable to rise to the occasion and score Wales’ first World Cup goal since 1958 than Gareth Bale? The talismanic winger put his name in Wales’ history and should be again the main man to trouble the Iranian defence. Besides his apparent influence, Kiefer Moore looked lively once subbed on adding an extra element of aerial threat in the Welsh attack, making it extremely likely for him to get the nod in this one. For Iran, the loss of first choice goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand will undoubtedly hurt both in terms of morale and in terms of defensive stability, with the Iranian side having kept five clean sheets in nine games with him under the goal posts. On a positive note, Mehdi Taremi proved sharp when needed against England, scoring both of his side’s consolation goals.

Wales - Iran key points

  1. Iran have conceded eight goals in their last two games
  2. Iran have lost three of their last four away games
  3. Wales are unbeaten in their last five games against non-European opposition
  4. Wales have won five of their last ten major tournament games
  5. Iran have won just three of their last eight games
  6. Wales have lost just five of their last seventeen international games
  7. Iran have lost three of their last four games without their first-choice goalkeeper
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Our Wales vs Iran prediction

Despite Wales not possessing a mighty form on their recent record, they will not find a more suitable opponent than Iran. Ordinarily tough to beat, the Iranian side are low on morale and a 6-2 drubbing is always hard to recover form. Although expected to struggle in front of goal, we expect the Welsh outfit to eventually find the breakthrough, with a bet on them to win being the smartest play in this encounter.

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Other interesting tips

No Goal Before 35:00 - odds : 1.83 at Vbet

Wales are slow starters, a trend also evident in their opener against the USA. Iran will aim to build a solid defensive base in the opening half of the game and then push on as the Welsh get more desperate. With that logic in mind, backing the lack of a quick goal is a great alternative pick.

Wales to win by exactly one goal - odds : 3.75 at Vbet

In what should be a tight game, only two of Wales’ last eight victories have come with a margin greater than a single goal. Backing the trend to continue here is another solid value bet.

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Wales vs Iran match : Frequently asked questions

UK based viewers can watch the Wales vs Iran match on BBC One. It is also available to stream using the BBC iPlayer or the BBC Sport Website. You can also follow along with the action using SportyTrader's Livescore function!
The Wales vs Iran match kicks off at 10 AM UK time / 1 PM local time in Qatar on Friday, 25th of November.

The venue for this fixture will be the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan.

As the first match scheduled for the day, the Wales vs Iran match will see rather hot conditions with an expected temperature of 26 degrees.
The referee for the Wales vs Iran match is set to be Mario Escobar from Guatemala.
Wales are deadlocked on points with the United States with one a piece following their draw. Iran's heavy defeat to England sees them bottom of Group B with 0 points and facing an uphill battle due to their -4 goal differential.

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