Group Stage B: IRA vs. ESP
Iran vs. Spain June 20, 2018 2:00 PM ET (TV FOX) Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia
After a thrilling Group Stage B opener versus Portugal their last time out, the Spaniards will look to face an Iran squad that sees itself atop of the group standings when both teams face each other on Wednesday at Kazan Arena in Kazan; a matchup that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Playing to a 3-3 draw versus rival Portugal in what has been the best game of this tournament thus far, Spain will now seek to add to their point total but must do it against an Iran team coming off a 1-0 victory over Morocco as they sit alone with 3 points.
And, while just about everyone is favoring the Spaniards heavily heading in, Spain is all too aware what happened to Germany when they were favored to dispose of Mexico. Not wanting to look past the Iranians, Spain will need to showcase another impressive performance as to not give Iran hope by sticking around.
Meeting for the first time in the two countries history, the Spaniards can expect the Iranians to deliver their best shot as they enter as heavy underdogs (+1812 ML) by MyBookie. However, with Iran only allowing five goals in their 18 World Cup qualifiers, the Spaniards will need to find a way to break down the defense of Iran and find the back of the net.
Iran needed a late goal to earn 3 points in their opener over Morocco but will need to play their best football if they have any hopes of earning anymore points going forward with matches versus Spain followed by Portugal in five days but it won’t be easy with injuries to midfielder Omid Ebrahimi and striker Alireza Jahanbakhsh and now defender Rouzbeh Cheshmi.
This is Spain’s game to win if they can create plays and put the pressure on the Iranians and with already a better start than four years ago in Brazil, the Spaniards have to be feeling good about their chances moving forward? For sports betting purposes from our best sportsbooks for this IRA vs. ESP matchup, MyBookie is favoring Spain (-568 ML) over Iran (+1812 ML) with an over/under of 2.5 total game goals scored from 5Dimes; a number I will play as I will favor the UNDER of 2.5 total game goals scored as my best betting pick.