All about the Iran Team at Football World Cup 2018

Football is a marvel that attracts millions of fans all over the world. The last FIFA World Cup accumulated over 3.2 billion viewers with the final match accruing more than one billion fans. Despite being five months and some days away, it is still no doubt that this is going to be the most significant gambling event ever. The number of World Cup bet placers have continually increased thus this will be no different: slightly might top the gambling history charts. Thirty-two teams have qualified to depict their prowess; Iran is no different from these.

Tips for Betting on Iran in the World Cup 2018

Iran will appear for the fifth time in the World Cup finals, having done so in 1978, 1998, 2006 and 2014. Team Melli has for the first time appeared in the World Cup two consecutive times. Unfortunately, Iran’s previous records of tournaments played in all these instances are lacking. Notably, they have never succeeded past the group stage. From the twelve matches at the World Cup finals tournaments, Iran has in fact swept up but one victory. The said victory was in 1998 when they shook the United States in Lyon, France for a 2-1 win. Additionally, this struck the first time in which they did not finish at the bottom of their group.

Consequently, in 1978, Iran lost not only to Peru but also to the Netherlands and drew against Scotland 1-1. The 2006 World Cup finals saw Iran put up well-spirited and courageous performances that led to them defeating both Mexico and Portugal before they drew against Angola 1-1. Similarly, in 2014, they put up great performances that led to a 0-0 draw with Nigeria. At the 92nd minute in their match against Argentina, they lost. Their game against Bosnia was very one-sided with them landing a defeat of 3-1. Realistically speaking, Iran will most likely battle to finish third in their group. The teams in Group B are Morocco, Spain who won the 2010 World Cup finals and finally Portugal. Their previous meets with both the latter two saw them suffering a defeat. The odds of them winning the Group are priced at 25/1 while that of qualifying for the next round is at 6/1. Finally, yet importantly, they may garner five yellow cards and two corners. Nevertheless, Iran may be out after their group stage.

Betting Odds on Iran to Win the World Cup 2018

Iran has yet for a fifth time qualified for the World Cup: having won the Asian Group A qualifiers. Throughout their qualification campaign, they went unbeaten and came first before South Korea after not only winning six of their ten matches but also drawing four of these. Thus, they will be under heavy scrutiny to make an excellent impression. In their first game, Iran is set to play against Morocco on 15th June. The betting odds of Iran winning the World Cup in 2018 are set from 250 to 607.

Expected Iran Lineup at the World Cup

Iran’s supposed approach to the World Cup matches has excellent chances of being similar to that of 2014. In their games, they will counter all their plays with two or three of their quickest players in a bid to refute being drawn out of their group position. In Brazil, they superbly defended in all their tournaments, and they are likely to do the same at the 2018 World Cup.

Nevertheless, in spite of them having no attacking prowess in their last matches in Brazil, their attackers such as Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Reza Ghoochannejhad might have accrued attacking wisdom within the four years leading to the World Cup that might be a game changer for the national team. Their coach Carlos Queiroz who had earlier been subjected to scrutiny and almost faced a nonrenewal of his contract, which, however, under high considerations, was renewed, will lead the team, Melli. His tactics involve reacting with a deeply rooted defence mechanism and quick counterattacking approaches. In their recent friendlies against Venezuela, Panama, and Russia, they used different tactics, with them pressing increasingly high up the pitch. They depicted an adoption of a heightened aggressive approach.

The perception of many in Iran concerning the Coach illustrates that he has continually gained popularity for the achievement of results as well as for his teams’ brave performances. Iran’s team line up might highly consist of players who have played outside their nation. The lineup includes Mohammad Reza Akhbari, Mohammad Rashid Mazaheri, and Alireza Beiranvand. Additionally, Milad Mohammadi, Mohammad Ansari, Ramin Rezaeian, Vouria Ghafouri, Ezzatollah Pourghaz, Pejman Montazeri, Seyyed Jalal Hosseini and Morteza Pouraliganji will play. Finally, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Omid Ebrahimi, Vahid Amiri, Ehsan Hajsafi, Masoud Shojaei, Ali Karimi, Mehdi Taremi, Sasan Ansari, Reza Ghoochannejhad, Sardar Azmoun, Karim Ansarifard, and Saeed Ezzatollahi will join.

One of the teams expected to grab worldwide attention during the World Cup finals tournament is Iran because they have good players whose technical abilities are increasingly high. The Iranian national team has managed to enter into yet another World Cup opportunity for the second time after accomplishing to qualify and play during the 2014 world tournament. Despite them lacking a good record in these sports, they are winners of three Asian cups. Under their coach Carlos Queiroz, team Melli has shown good performances over the last couple of years. They have several young players who have become increasingly promising. One of these is Sardar Azmoun who is a forward in Rubin Kazan, a Russian club. He has scored 20 goals for Team Melli. If the team plays well and falls under the relatively average in their group, they have the possibility of gaining the FIFA’s Wild Card in 2018.

The chosen players in the goalkeepers’ position are Hamed Lak and Alireza Beiranvand. On the other hand, the players that may play defence in the team include Seyyed Jalal, Saeid Aghaei, Rouzbeh Cheshmi, Hosseini, Vouria Ghafouri and finally Mohammad Ansari. The other Iranian outfitters for the domestic Team Melli are Omid Noorafkan and Vahid Amiri who will play the midfield. Finally, the forwards that will lead the team’s attack include Mehdi Torabi and Mehdi Taremi. This expected line up will play in the upcoming World Cup matches that Iran has against teams such as Portugal, Morocco, and Spain. Evidently, the team is expected to use their preferred 4-2-3-1 system that they used to qualify for the FIFA World Cup tournament. Notably, the team has very dedicated fans that will both psych and support their team urging them to forge forward and achieve the immense success possible in the upcoming summer.

  • Mehdi Taremi

    Mehdi Taremi on two occasions has become the top scorer in the Persian Gulf Pro League since he joined Persepolis in 2014. He is a product of the Bushehr clubs as he began his career playing for the Bargh Busher football club before playing for Iranjavan football club in his senior career. During the World Cup Qualifiers, he scored two goals for the national team against Guam. In 2016, he short termly joined the Çaykur Rizespor a Turkish Super League club. Nevertheless, he returned to Persepolis after a couple of days. In the World Cup Qualifiers’ final match against Qatar, Taremi scored the winning goal that sealed the 1-0 victory against Qatar. He again scored against China in their 1-0 decisive victory. Finally, he sealed the nation’s first consecutive World Cup qualification by scoring the second goal against Uzbekistan.

  • Sardar Azmoun

    Sardar Azmoun who is a top scoring threat plays forward both in his Russian side club Rubin Kazan as well as for Team Melli. He has represented the team in 2015 AFC Asian Cup since joining it in 2014. He is also ranked as the fifth highest all-time scorer. His style of play is unique, as he is known for being aerially empowered and creative with acceleration outbursts. He has been referred to as the Iranian Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimović’s younger version. In the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers, he scored against Turkmenistan and Guam. He, later on, went ahead and scored against Macedonia his first Team Melli hat-trick and scored the qualifying goal against Uzbekistan.