Iran v Portugal Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

June 21, 2018

- Grant Whittington

Mordovia Arena - World Cup Group B

Next up for Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo is a stubborn Iran team, as World Cup Group B comes to a climax at the Mordovia Arena. Portugal’s captain has been the difference for his country so far in Russia, and the No 7 will fancy his chances of scoring again in this one.

Past Meetings

These teams have only met once before, which was in the group stages of the 2006 World Cup. Deco and Ronaldo were on the scoresheet as Portugal claimed a 2-0 win at the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt.

Team News

Roozbeh Cheshmi will miss this game for Iran after picking up a muscle injury in training prior to his team’s match against Spain. The defender will be a big miss after playing well against Morocco in Team Melli’s opener, but the Iranian back-line were also impressive against La Roja on Wednesday.

Portugal have got through their first two World Cup games without picking up any injuries, meaning Fernando Santos has a full set of players for this one. Joao Mario came into the starting line-up against Morocco after starting as a sub against Spain, and the Portuguese boss could freshen up his side for this match.

Iran v Portugal Preview and Predictions

Iran put in a superb performance to contain the attacking luminaries in the Spanish team on Wednesday, only for a rebound off Diego Costa to fly into their net and VAR to chalk off what looked like an equalising goal. Carlos Queiroz has got his team well-organised, and they will need all of that discipline against Portugal.

The European champions did what they needed to against Morocco, although there was the expectation they might go on to score a few goals after Ronaldo struck inside the first five minutes. They were hanging on at times, and their defence looked vulnerable on numerous occasions.

Iran will sit back against Portugal on Monday, and hope they can take advantage of any lapses in concentration at the back. However, that still seems unlikely, with Portugal priced at 17/25 for a win which would see them safely into the knockout stages.

Iran are available at 37/4, which would see them go through instead of their opponents in this one after their opening victory over Morocco. That doesn’t look like a wise bet though, with the draw a more likely outcome if you think Portugal will slip up in Saransk. Any Iranian success is likely to be built on a solid defensive display, and with that in mind, the goalless draw is 9/1.

Recommended Bets

Portugal to win 1-0 at 6/1

Iran have won and lost 1-0 in Russia, while Portugal beat Morocco by the same scoreline in their last match. The odds rise to 15/1 with Ronaldo as the scorer.

Iran to win 1-0 at 13/1

Or if you think Iran are going to spring a major shock and dump out the European champions, back them to win by the same scoreline.

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