Iran v Spain Betting Tips – 20th June 2018
Iran did not expect to be leading Group B after one match before the World Cup. That outcome looked even less likely given the way that Morocco started the game in St. Petersburg but Iran stuck to their guns, used all their defensive nous and managed to steal a win in the 96th minute thanks to an own goal.
The chances of Iran remaining at the top of the group after the second round of fixtures are incredibly slim. While Portugal are favourites to pick up three points against Morocco, Iran have a huge job on their hands trying to avoid defeat against Spain in the Kazan Arena.
Spain are as short as 1/7 with some bookies to win the match but we’ve found some more tempting options in our Iran v Spain betting tips.
Spain to Break Through Iran’s Stubborn Resistance
There can be absolutely no doubt as to how Iran will be approaching Wednesday’s match. Carlos Queiroz has always been a defence minded coach and he has instilled a real solidity about Team Melli which is a major reason why they are widely thought of as the best team in Asia.
Spain are going to have the vast majority of possession and will have many more attempts on goal than their opponents. The are not, however going to have things all their own way.
Queiroz knows that his team will suffer a big defeat if they do not get a handle on Spain’s talented and creative midfield. They’ll sit deep, stay compact and try to limit Spain’s chances.
We think that Iran will be able to frustrate Spain’s attacking intent for significant periods of the match but Spain have more than one way of going about things. Their first goal against Portugal came because of an uncharacteristic long ball played up to Diego Costa from Sergio Busquets and it’s that ability to change things up which we think will see Spain through.
In fact, rather than simply backing the favourites at heavy odds-on, the first of our Iran v Spain betting tips is on Spain winning the match with a one goal handicap at 4/9 with William Hill.
Spain to Try and Coast to a Comfortable Victory
Fernando Hierro was thrust into the Spanish head coach role due to Julen Lopetegui’s shock sacking. Whether that farcical build up to the World Cup affects Spain’s chances or not remains to be seen but Hierro and his backroom staff are still very much planning for a long term stay in Russia.
After such an action packed match against Portugal, Hierro will be keen for his players to beat Iran with as little effort as possible. The best way of doing that is grabbing an early lead and dictating the tempo of the match which makes a bet on the Spain/Spain selection in Ladbrokes’ half time/full time market look well priced at 4/6 with Ladbrokes.
Another potential route to profit from a relatively comfortable win for the favourites is by betting on the Spain 2-0 correct score at 43/10 with Unibet.
Costa to Maintain Strong Form
Diego Costa was not assured of a start in Spain’s opening match against Portugal. Hierro decided to plump for the Atletico Madrid striker and was rewarded by Costa grabbing a brace.
Costa’s mixture of power and finesse makes him the perfect man to lead the line for Spain as he can fit into whatever sort of attack is required. He’ll be full of confidence after the Portugal game so Costa is a good bet to score the game’s first goal at 13/5 with Betfair.