QATAR World Cup 2022

Group B
21/11/2022 | 13:00 (GMT)
IR Iran
Khalifa International Stadium

England kick-off their 2022 World Cup campaign with a game against Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium. Gareth Southgate’s side enter their first-ever meeting against Team Melli as clear favourites to win, despite a four-match winless streak in June this year. The Three Lions’ main strength is in the attack. They netted 39 goals during qualifying, more than any other UEFA nation. Harry Kane is the star man and the player they will look towards to spearhead their frontline. The Spurs striker hit 12 goals during qualifying, averages a goal involvement every 1.14 international games and won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup. So, his Goal Scorer Odds are worth keeping an eye on, as are Harry Maguire’s. The Manchester United man may be a centre-back, but he managed to get on the scoresheet four times in the qualifiers.

Iran’s success is built on a solid defence. During the third round of qualifying, Carlos Queiroz’s team conceded just four goals in ten matches, keeping seven clean sheets. They need more of the same if they are to stop Kane and the rest of the England attack. The Asian outfit also have a goal scorer in Sardar Azmoun, who is lethal for his country. The Bayer Leverkusen frontman scored ten goals during qualifying and averages a goal every 1.57 matches for Iran. He is the man they will look towards to breach the English defence.

Iran have never beaten European opposition at the World Cup. In eight previous attempts, they have picked up two draws (including one against Portugal in 2018) while losing six times. Can they end that run by causing an upset in Al Rayyan? Join BetVictor today and make your predictions with our range of England v Iran 2022 World Cup Betting markets.

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