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Wales will play Iran on Friday at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium with a midday kickoff in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Welsh could almost seal their progression to the knockout stages with a win versus Iran, but they will need England to defeat the United States later in the day. 

The Dragons can heap pressure on the United States with a victory early in the day. Wales's late penalty goal from Gareth Bale (who else?) led the team back to draw 1-1 versus the States on opening day. 

Iran were smashed on the opening day of Group B by England 6-2. The Iranians were barely in the game versus the Three Lions, and it looks like the team could finish last in Group B. 

Wales are still behind the United States in group betting to qualify for the knockout stages. Rob Page’s team is at the best betting odds of 11/8 to qualify, while the United States are 8/11. Iran are at odds of 8/1 to qualify for the knockout stage. 

Sportsbooks’ best betting odds on a Wales win at full-time are 1/1. Iran are at odds of 16/5 to win, while a draw is at the best betting odds of 11/5. Let’s explore some ideas for a bet builder for the World Cup fixture.

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Wales vs Iran Bet Builder

Looking ahead to Friday morning's match between Wales vs Iran, we have handpicked five selections for this bet builder worth 4/1 at the time of writing. Stake £10 and you could return £50 on this Wales vs Iran bet builder.

Double chance: Wales win or draw

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Wales can almost qualify for the next round of the World Cup with a win against Iran. The deciding factor could be goal difference. The Welsh will fancy their chances against Iran, but the pressure is on the team to win. 

Wales are not in good form. The Dragons are winless in six straight games, with two of those matches ending as draws, including their 1-1 stalemate with the United States. 

Iran are coming off back-to-back losses to Tunisia and England. They conceded eight goals across those six matches. Our betting tips prediction is to back Wales to get a result. However, we aren’t confident in Rob Page’s team to win, so our betting tips prediction is for a double chance win or draw for the Welsh.

These teams have not played since 1978. Wales won the fixture 1-0 in an international friendly. 

Both teams to score in the first half: NO

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Five of the nine opening games of the FIFA World Cup finished with both teams not scoring goals. Of the nine opening games in the tournament, eight of the nine fixtures went into halftime, with both teams not scoring goals. 

The first half of the opening nine World Cup games have been low scoring. Iran saw both teams not score in the first half of the match versus England. Wales also saw both teams not score in the first half against the United States. 

Our betting tips prediction is for both teams not to score between Wales and Iran. Neither side are great scoring teams. Wales scored just two goals in their last three matches. Iran scored twice in their last two fixtures. They conceded six goals against England, but Wales do not have the same attacking threats. 

Sixty-six per cent of games in the FIFA World Cup after nine games finished NO BTTS. There has been a lack of goals at times. 

Total goals: Over 1.5 goals 

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If either team wants to reach the knockout rounds, they will need to score goals. Both teams saw over 1.5 goals in their opening game of Group B. Wales were hanging on at halftime against the Yanks before Rob Page made the necessary changes. 

Iran were never in the race and will likely use a back-up goalkeeper. The Iranians were far more aggressive than England in the opening game and should continue their physical play. Medhi Taremi scored twice for Iran in the opener and he is their best hope for goals. 

Iran's last two games finished with over 1.5 goals. Five of Wales’ last six games in all competitions ended with over 1.5 goals. Six of the opening nine games of the tournament finished with more than 1.5 goals. Our betting tips prediction is for over 1.5 goals scored. 

Gareth Bale to score anytime

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Gareth Bale wasn’t in the game during the first half against the United States. The addition of Kieffer Moore in the second half allowed Bale to become a bigger part of the match. Bale ran off of Moore as the target man held the ball up and allowed Wales to move up the pitch. 

Page should start Moor in attack and allow Bale to run off him. Bale is Wales’ biggest attacking threat despite a lack of football over the last 24 months. He stepped up and scored a brilliant penalty against the United States and could get a goal anytime versus Iran. 

Bale has 39 goals in 108 career international matches for Wales. Our betting tips prediction is for Gareth Bale to score anytime against Iran. 

Total corners: Over 6.5 corners

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Iran conceded eight corners to England on the opening day of Group B. The Iranians did not tally a corner of their own as attacks were few and far between. Wales and the United States combined for eight corners as well, with the former collecting three. 

Both teams would normally sit back and invite pressure. However, Wales and Iran will be forced to come out and attack. Wales had just 41% possession in their opening game. Iran had 21% possession. Match No 2 of the group stage should see the teams have more possession, with both tallying around 50%. 

The need for both teams to win could lead to attacking football. Offensive football would then lead to corners, and our betting tips prediction is for over 6.5 corner kicks. .