England’s opening game of the FIFA World Cup 2022 takes place on Monday 21st November, and sees the favourites of the group pitched against Iran, the Group B underdogs, who will be playing their 3rd successive World Cup and 6th in their history. England might have struggled for results coming into the World Cup but anything other than them topping the group would be considered an underachievement. The other two sides in Group B, Wales and USA, will likely be fighting it out for 2nd place, although Iran will want to try and cause an upset. Based on their form coming into the tournament, they will be feeling confident, easing to World Cup qualification with 8 wins from their 10 qualification games and finishing top of their group.
There have been many questions asked about England coming into the 2022 World Cup after a poor run of form during their 2022 Nations League campaign which saw them win 0 of the 6 matches, with 3 draws and 3 defeats. As well as the clear lack of good recent performances, many have also questioned manager Gareth Southgate’s squad selection, with a seemingly over-reliance on players that are struggling with form at club level such as Harry Maguire. However, England’s performances at their last two major tournaments have been impressive, with them reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and finishing as runners-up to Italy in the Euro 2020 final (played in 2021). With one of the best squads on paper there will be much optimism from England fans that they can go one step further at this competition and win their first World Cup for 56 years.
Iran will be looking to make it to the knockout stages of a World Cup for the first time in their history, having failed to do so in their last 5 World Cup appearances. Although their results during qualification have been consistent, off-the-field activity threatens to derail their hopes of advancing in the 2022 World Cup. A change of coach just months before the tournament starts is not the best way to prepare and in September Carlos Queiroz replaced the man who guided them to the World Cup, Dragan Skočić. In terms of their squad, several of their players ply their trade in Europe’s top divisions. The players that they will be backing to help them progress from Group B will be their 3 main attackers, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Sardar Azmoun and Mehdi Torabi. If those players can find their groove, don’t be surprised if Iran make life tough for the likes of Wales and USA.
England vs Iran betting tips
Whenever England arrive at a major tournament and in particular a World Cup, there is both excitement and in more recent years, real expectation. For Iran, they will be looking to do more than just make up the numbers but there should only be one winner in this Group B opening game. When it comes to our England vs Iran prediction we expect Iran to make life difficult for England and likely sit deep and force England to break them down. Typically England take a few games to click and find their form at tournaments which means it's likely to be a game which England will win with over 1.5 goals scored but not a cricket score. With regards to the England vs Iran Odds, we can expect England to be the clear odds on favourites and it’s hard to see Iran taking anything from the game.
If the England vs Iran betting odds are favourable for over 1.5 goals to be scored across the match then this would be our tip. As well as goals scored, a correct score prediction would be one to watch out for. England will back their forwards to score against Iran, with the likes of Kane and Sterling boasting good records at major tournaments. If there are good odds for a 2-0 England win this may provide a good value bet. Our England vs Iran tips are a simple singles on over 1.5 goals and correct score for England to win 2-0.