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England vs Iran – Match Preview, Betting Picks, Best Odds

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England go up against Iran in a game played out at Khalifa International Stadium this coming Monday. The upcoming clash will be their first outing in the World Cup.

As we are in the opening round of the World Cup group stage, both England and Iran will battle for the first group stage points. England head to their upcoming match as number 5 in the FIFA world ranking. Meanwhile, there is a pretty big gap to upcoming opponents Iran. They enter the game ranked number 20 in the world.

England are heavy favourites with the bookmakers to top their group. England have enough quality in their ranks to also reach for a final at the World Cup.

Iran arrive at the World Cup with mischief on their mind, but seeing them get beyond the group would indeed raise some eyebrows.

England vs Iran Preview

England Form

England only added a single point to their account in their last three games, where they lost 0-4 and 1-0 against Hungary and Italy respectively. At least they managed a 3-3 draw with Germany. England claimed a modest four wins from their previous 10 matches across all tournaments. They drew three of the games, whilst losing three.

England show off very admirable numbers from their past ten matches, as they scored 2.4 goals on average per match. That makes a total of 24 goals, whilst they allowed 11 goals against, for an average of 1.1 per outing. They pulled off four clean sheets.

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Iran Form

In their last three matches, Iran beat Uruguay 1-0, drew 1-1 with Senegal and beat Nicaragua by 1-0. Iran were able to win seven of their previous 10 games across all tournaments, while drawing one of the games. They suffered two defeats as well.

Iran are currently decent goalscorers, as they managed a bearable 13 goals in the past ten outings for an average of 1.3 goals a game. Their opponents scored a total of six goals, and while Iran claimed a clean sheets six times, they conceded an average of 0.6 goals per match. Three points look like a given for England, when they open their campaign at Khalifa International Stadium. It would be astounding to see the favourites leave behind points, when considered such big favourites.

England vs Iran Stats

  • England have not won the last 6 matches in a row
  • In 6 of the last 8 England matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
  • England have conceded in 5 of the last 6 matches
  • In the last 15 Iran matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
  • Iran have scored in 25 of the last 27 matches
  • Iran have not lost 19 of the last 21 matches
  • In 7 of the last 8 Iran matches the sum of goals was under 2.5

Tournament Overview

Three points look like a given for England, when they open their campaign at Khalifa International Stadium. It would be astounding to see the favourites leave behind points, when considered such big favourites. Iran enter their first match at the World Cup as considerable outsiders at Khalifa International Stadium. It is exceedingly tough to come up with an argument on their behalf, as a defeat looks unavoidable against this opponent.

Goalscorer market

Harry Kane is the most prolific World Cup scorer for the home team with two goals recently. England relies on him to once again shine in their upcoming match. Meanwhile, Iran will be looking to Sardar Azmoun, hoping he can add to his current total of two World Cup goals in his latest games.

Full-time market

In their last 10 matches across all tournaments England won four times, drew three and lost three times. Iran claimed seven wins, one draw and two defeats in their last 10 games away.

Total goals

England performed an average of 2.4 goals a game in their previous ten matches in which over 2.5 goals came out six times. Over 2.5 goals happened in three of the last ten outings for Iran, who managed to score 1.3 times in those matches.

BTTS & First to Score

Surprisingly, England have just scored first in three games out of last ten games. Iran have scored first in six games out of last ten home games.

England managed the first goal of the game in only three of those 10 previous games played. Meanwhile, Iran were first on target in six of their last 10 outings.