DISCLAIMER: Odds and article last updated 10:05 11/06/2018
It might not be a glamour tie on the scale of Friday night’s other Group B clash Portugal v Spain, but Morocco v Iran will be the best chance to see both sides play their natural game.
Our man Jonathon Hague will be looking through the World Cup betting markets to sniff out the value to be found in Friday afternoon’s Morocco v Iran game.
Morocco to Win @ 13/10 – BET NOW
Returning to the tournament for the first time in twenty years, Morocco just edge Iran in the World Cup odds for this game as 13/10 favourites while the bookies place Iran at 14/5 to win this match.
Morocco enter the World Cup in scintillating form, not only are they the only African side to go unbeaten in their World Cup preparations but the Atlas Lions are on an 18-match unbeaten run going into Russia.
Morocco manager Hervé Renard has made a name for himself in Africa, becoming the first manager to win two Africa Cup of Nations with different countries (Zambia and Ivory Coast) and with Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech creating the chances as the side’s playermaker, the Moroccan team have a real chance of hitting all three Group opponents on the front foot.
Iran breezed trough Asian qualification and are easily the best team in their respected continent. Former Real Madrid manager, Carlos Quiroz has the team playing very defensive, but effective football that saw them concede just two goals in qualifying.
For the first time the Iranian national team has reached back-to-back World Cups, but their stuffy football could prove to be a detriment when it comes to facing not just Morocco, but Spain and Portugal too, as they ‘park the bus’ as they say, in typical Portuguese style.
Iran do have the potential to frustrate teams like Portugal and Spain in their other two Group B games, but unless they can get a result against Morocco then their chances of pushing for a qualification spot to the Round of 16 are extremely limited.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh to Score Anytime @ 4/1 – BET NOW
24-year-old Alireza Jahanbakhsh is Iran’s brightest prospect and is linked with Napoli in the summer after tearing up the Eredivisie for AZ Alkmaar this season. Jahanbakhsh finished as top goal scorer with 21 goals and ended up tied for third in the assist table with 12 goals created in a single campaign. The AZ man became the first Asian player ever to become the top goal scorer in a top level European league.
Currently for the Iranian national team, Jahanbakhsh has been unable to replicate his form in The Netherlands on to the International stage with just four goals in 38 appearances for Team Melli. However, with a potential move to the Carlo Ancelotti managed, Napoli, on the cards for the winger, the match against Morocco will be the game to impress the Serie A runners up.
With two hattricks in the final month of the Eredivisie season, Jahanbakhsh is the man Morocco must keep an eye out for as he could be the difference in a potentially tight match and at a best-price of 4/1, if the AZ winger can get a handle on the game, you would definitely bet on him to take his game to next level on the International stage by making his mark with a goal in Russia.
Below are the result for the last six games games played by Morocco and Iran. The winners for each game are highlighted in bold.
Estonia 1 - 3 Morocco (09/06/2018)
Morocco 2 - 1 Slovakia (04/06/2018)
Morocco 0 - 0 Ukraine (31/05/2018)
Morocco 2- 0 Uzbekistan (27/03/2018)
Serbia 1 - 2 Morocco (23/03/2018)
Ivory Coast 0 - 2 Morocco (11/11/2017)
Iran 1 - 0 Lithuania (08/06/2018)
Turkey 2- 1 Iran (28/05/2018)
Iran 1 - 0 Uzbekistan (19/05/2018)
Iran 2 - 1 Algeria (27/03/2018)
Tunisia 1 - 0 Iran (23/08/2018)
Iran 4 - 0 Sierra Leone (17/03/2018)
Morocco predicted line up: Munir Mohand Mohamedi, Achraf Hakimi, Romain Saiss, Medhi Benatia, Nabil Dirar, Karim El Ahmadi, Mbark Boussoufa, Hakim Ziyech, Younes Belhanda, Nordin Amrabat, Khalid Boutaib
Iran predicted line up: Alireza Beiranvand, Milad Mohammadi, Pejman Montazeri, Morteza Pouraliganji, Ramin Rezaeian, Masoud Shojaei, Saeid Ezatolahi, Ehsan Hajsafi, Mehdi Taremi, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Sardar Azmoun
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