Ace Football previews the World Cup game between Wales and Iran who meet up on Friday. The match preview includes the current team news, stats, and a recommended betting tip.
Wales go up against Iran this coming Friday in their second outing in the World Cup group stage.
Following the opening round of the World Cup matches in Group B, Wales rank number two with one point, while Iran have zero points as number four. While Wales enter this game on Friday as number 19 in the FIFA world ranking, Iran are number 20.
Wales are expected by the bookmakers to at least challenge for first place in their group. They would be disappointed to end the tournament after only three matches. Iran arrive at the World Cup with mischief on their mind, but seeing them get beyond the group would indeed raise some eyebrows.
Current position in the World Cup standings: Wales vs Iran
It was a nice and quiet opening to the World Cup group stages Wales delivered. Getting away with a 1-1 draw in the opener against the USA is good enough to build momentum. Poor Iran. They were left battered and bruised after opening their World Cup campaign by getting thrown under the bus by England. Are they able to avenge themselves, or have confidence taken too big a hit?
Team form: Wales vs Iran
A single point is all Wales have to show from their last three games, where they came up short, losing 2-1 and 0-1 against Belgium and Poland respectively. Their latest match brought some consolation with a 1-1 against the USA. The Dragons claimed two wins in their last 10 matches across all tournaments, while also drawing three along the way. They endured five defeats in this run.
Iran added four points to their collection in their last three matches, which began with a 1-1 draw with Senegal. A 1-0 win against Nicaragua followed, before a 6-2 defeat against England in their most recent match. The Middle East Nation claimed five wins in their last 10 matches across all tournaments, while also drawing one along the way. They endured defeat in four of the games in this run.
Betting stats and facts for Wales and Iran
Here are some stats and facts that might be useful for betting on the upcoming match between Wales and Iran. The facts are based on the data from the last couple of matches that these teams played across all competitions.
- In 10 of the last 12 matches Wales played, both teams scored
- In 10 of the last 11 Wales matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
- Wales have scored in 13 of the last 14 matches
- Wales have conceded in 11 of the last 12 matches
- Wales have not won 8 of the last 9 matches
- In 16 of the last 17 Iran matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
- Iran have scored in 22 of the last 24 matches
- In 8 of the last 10 Iran matches the sum of goals was under 2.5
- Iran have not won 3 of the last 4 matches
Players in form: Wales vs Iran
As the new World Cup campaign has recently started, we are still a bit in the dark, as to which striker will dominate the top scorer table for Wales and Iran this season. However, there might be some interesting prospects, when looking at the list of players who are in the best form at the moment.
Popular markets: Wales vs Iran
Wales claimed all three points twice in their last 10 matches across all tournaments, while also drawing three times along the way. They endured defeat in five of the games in this run. Iran have won five of their last 10 games, while drawing one and losing four in this series of matches.
Both teams to score
Amazingly, Wales scored the first goal of the match in just three out of the last ten games at home. Iran scored the opening goal in six of the last ten away from home. Iran were able to win five of these matches without conceding a goal. Perhaps a number worth keeping in mind for an accumulator, depending on your betting strategy.
Wales witnessed over 2.5 goals in five of their previous ten matches across all tournaments in which they averaged 1.1 goals a game. Over 2.5 goals came up in two of the previous ten matches that Iran played across all tournaments. They managed to score an average of one goal in these matches. Wales conceded a goal in their previous 6 matches on the spin.
Betting prediction: Wales vs Iran
In conclusion, the upcoming game between Wales and Iran seems like a decent betting opportunity. Considering the abovementioned stats and facts, we have come up with a betting suggestion for this World Cup match.