World Cup Match 20: Iran v Spain

The final clash on Day 7 will see Group B leaders Iran taking on the might of Spain at the Kazan Arena in the second Group B game of the day.


What’s their current form?
Iran won their opening clash against Morocco thanks to an own goal by substitute player Bouhaddouz very late in extra time.

Spain came from 2-1 down against Portugal to bag 2 quick goals in the space of 4 minutes to lead 3-2 before Ronaldo equalized in the 88th minute to end the game in a 3 all draw.

Iran: Beiranvand; Rezaeian, Cheshmi, Pouraliganji, Mohammadi; Jahanbakhsh, Shojaei, Ebrahimi, Hajsafi, Taremi; Azmoun.
Spain: de Gea; Odriozola, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Alcantara, Busquets; Silva, Isco, Iniesta; Costa.

Any interesting facts I should know?
Since losing the Euro 2016 final, Spain have been undefeated in all 21 matches. However in their last 5 games, Spain have 2 wins and 3 draws, while Iran has 4 wins and a loss.

What should I be betting on?
Spain to run away with the game in the second half.

Wolf’s Prediction

Spain were The Wolf’s pre-tournament pick to win it all and he was more than happy with what he saw in their opening match. They were tested, falling behind twice, but played the best 30 minutes of football we have seen in Russia. They came out and put on a show at the start of the second half and Portugal had no answer. They completely starved them of possession and created chances at will. Only a Ronaldo hat-trick would deny them the win but Wolfy says they will take out their frustration on Iran. A familiar face from their battles with Australia, Iran showed very little ambition against Morocco and were lucky to score an upset win. Spain could finish this match with 80% possession and that makes it near impossible for Iran to get on the scoresheet. Spain will extend their unbeaten run to 22 games and to so with an emphatic win. The Spanish midfield will be in complete command and Diego Costa will reap all of the rewards.

Recommended Bets

Best: Spain WIN & Over 2.5 goals ($1.75)
Other: Win Both Halves – Spain ($2.40)
Value: Diego Costa 2 or more goals ($4.40)


TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news

What time is kick off? The game starts at 9pm (local time) on June 20. In Australia, kick-off will be at 4am on June 21st.

What TV Channel is it on and can I live stream it? In Australia, the only network with live broadcast rights is SBS. SBS Radio will also cover games that aren’t broadcast. Optus Sport in Australia will broadcast every game live as well via live streaming, however it will be available to subscribers only.

What’s the team news and who’s injured? Spain’s defender Dani Carvajal is rumoured to have fully recovered from the hamstring injury to his right leg and has been training with the squad. It is unknown whether the coach will risk him in this game just yet and may leave him for the final group match.

Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.

What happened the last time they played each other? This will be the first contest between these nations.