England v Iran World Cup Betting Tips 21/11/2022

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England takes on Iran in the opening Group B match at the 2022 World Cup, so enjoy our England v Iran World Cup Betting Tips. The two nations head into the tournament in contrasting form. England’s form has dipped, and the Three Lions had a Nation League campaign to forget earlier this season. Iran meanwhile is in decent form and looks hard to beat. Both sides will be eager to make a positive start in the hope of sealing qualification to the knockout rounds. This match kicks off at 1p.m, and it will be shown live on the BBC.

Form and Team News 

England head to Qatar following a six-match winless run in the Nations League. The Three Lions lost three and drew three of their fixtures against Hungary, Germany, and Italy in the competition. Gareth Southgate’s side ended a two-match losing run against Hungary (4-0) and Italy (1-0) with a 3-3 draw with Germany. Iran enters the World Cup in solid form after going unbeaten in their last three matches. Friendly wins came against Nicaragua and Uruguay (1-0) and they drew with Senegal (1-1). 

Looking at the team news, England duo Kalvin Phillips and Kyle Walker are doubtful. Iran’s attacker Sardar Azmoun is also an injury doubt ahead of the opener. 

Match Winner Betting

Despite the current form of England and Iran ahead of this Group B fixture, there is one clear favourite among the bookmakers. Iran is in strong form, but their record in previous World Cups is poor. The Middle Eastern nation has qualified for the last two World Cup finals. But they have lost three of their six matches and crashed out at the group stages in 2014 and 2018. A potential Iran win comes with long odds, and Coral is offering the best returns at 12/1. Better value could come from a potential draw. England has drawn three of their last five international matches, while Iran is unbeaten in 19 of their last 21 games in all competitions. As a result, there is decent value on backing a stalemate at 15/4. Although their build-up to the World Cup has been poor, England should have enough quality to earn a Group B victory over Iran. Our pick for this fixture is an England win, and Unibet has the best odds with 4/11.  

Under 2.5 Bet

England is likely to control possession against Iran. However, the Three Lions could struggle to break down an organised Iran side. Due to this, we are backing under 2.5 goals in the fixture. England has seen under 2.5 goals in three of their last five matches, while Iran has seen two or fewer goals in seven of their last eight fixtures. At 4/6, William Hill has the best current odds for an under 2.5 goals scoreline between England and Iran.

Anytime Goal Scorer Bets

Even though a low-scoring result is expected, both England and Iran have goalscoring threats. In the absence of the top scorer, Sardar Azmoun FC Porto striker Mehdi Taremi could take the mantle as Iran’s goal threat. The striker has scored six goals in 13 appearances for Porto this season, and 888Sport have good value for a Taremi anytime goal at 13/2 odds. But, England’s Harry Kane is the top pick among the potential goalscorers in this fixture. The 2018 World Cup Golden Boot winner has scored 12 goals in 15 appearances for Tottenham and scored seven goals in his last nine Premier League matches. At 6/5 odds, offered by Bet365, there is decent value on Kane to get off the mark against Iran. 

England enters this contest as clear favourites, and Southgate will be eager for his side to make a professional start against Iran. However, the Three Lions will need to be on their toes to avoid a potential Iran upset. We hope you have found our England v Iran World Cup Betting Tips useful, but please remember that our betting tips each weekend look to provide good value. However, they are never guaranteed to win. Our aim is to find good betting value from bets which hopefully will lead to long term betting profits. To help this, we searched for the best possible betting odds from the online bookies at the time of writing, so you can get the best possible potential betting returns.

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