England Stats & Form
The whole of England was hoping that their national team will finally won its first major tournament after winning the World Cup in 1966 but the Three Lions failed in the EURO 2021 final against Italy on Wembley.
The football hopes are sky-high again as the England fans expect huge things from Gareth Southgate’s squad. He has young players ready for redemption in Qatar. The heartbreaking loss against Italy has made these players more experienced and hungry for another chance to bring the trophy home.
Harry Kane is one of the best scores today but England’s success in Qatar will depend more on the players in the midfield.
England finished on top of Group I in the qualifiers with 8 wins and 2 draws and a +36 goal differential. They haven’t played their best football recently as they have failed to win in the first four rounds of the new Nation League season. They lost 4-0 at home and 1-0 on the road against Hungary and played a draw against Italy and Germany.
England won the World Cup in 1966 and has not won any significant competition ever since. They made it to the semifinals in 2018 where they lost to Croatia even though they scored first.
Iran Stats & Form
Iran has become a regular participant in the World Cup from Asia. The investments in football have paid off and Iran has become a real force in Asia.
They finished on top of group A in the qualifiers with 25 points, two more than South Korea. Iran won 8 out of 10 games in the qualifiers with 1 loss and 1 draw. They lost the head-to-head against South Korea in the qualifiers but that didn’t make any difference that would have put their ticket to Qatar in jeopardy.
Iran has won 15 of their its 18 games losing only to South Korea and Algeria.
The Portuguese legendary coach Carlos Queiroz has done a great job with Iran and he is confident that his team is ready to make the biggest success in the team’s history. Given the fact that Iran is in the group with England, USA and Wales, their chances to advance seem pretty realistic.
Iran will participate in the World Cup for the sixth time. They have never made it past the group stage. They finished in 18th place in 2018 which was their second-best record at the World Cup.
England vs. Iran Head-to-Head Stats
This will be the first time England and Iran to play against each other.
England vs. Iran Betting Odds
England is a huge favorite in the game against Iran with -323 odds in their favor while Iran is at 1000. The odds for a draw are set at 398.
The total goals margin is set at 2.5 with 102 for over and -127 for under.
England fans have high expectations of their team and with the current roster, England looks like a real contender. Advancing to the knockout phase should be no problem for them but they will have to prove that in the opening game against Iran. England has the quality to win this game but whoever thinks it will be easy against Iran is very wrong. Anyway, Southgate will find a way to set up a game plan that will lead England to a win against Iran which will boost their confidence and maybe be just a start of a winning road.