Morocco vs Iran
Competition: 2018 World Cup finals
Date: 15 June 2018
Kick-off: 17:00 CET
Morocco flew to Russia having stayed undefeated in their last 18(!) matches. Truth is, having a similar unbeaten run if they had to go through qualifiers in another confederation (UEFA, CONMEBOL), would have been practically impossible, plus most of their friendly games were against much weaker sides, but no matter what, no one can claim that an 18-match unbeaten run is not a big thing, especially for Morocco. Their last friendly match was something under a week ago, a comfortable 3-1 win over minnows Estonia (the goal they conceded came after they had already gone 3-0 up). Winger Nabil Dirar’s fitness remains an issue, but either way, Morocco are not a team that depend on a single man, no matter how important he was in the qualifiers.
Who would have thought that right before Iran’s first game in the finals, their… boots would be an issue… Because of US sanctions on Iran, Nike announced they wouldn’t be able to supply Iranian players with boots, as it would be a violation of the government-imposed sanctions over the country. Nike’s public statement didn’t go down well with Carlos Queiroz, Iran’s coach, who made sure to express, publicly, what he things of Nike’ move. Iran had other problems as well, during their preparations for the finals. Two friendly games were canceled for different reasons, leaving them with no choice but to… settle for a last-minute game against lowly Lithuania, a game they won 1-0, but only thanks to an 88th-minute goal.
Previous five matches:
Estonia vs Morocco 1-3
Morocco vs Slovakia 2-1
Morocco vs Ukraine 0-0
Morocco vs Uzbekistan 2-0
Serbia vs Morocco 1-2
Iran vs Lithuania 1-0
Turkey vs Iran 2-1
Iran vs Uzbekistan 1-0
Iran vs Algeria 2-1
Tunisia vs Iran 1-0
Morocco’s next game is against Portugal, on Wednesday. Same day, Iran will be facing Spain.
Morocco vs Iran: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
Morocco vs Iran: Prediction
I will be surprised if Morocco lose, but I don’t trust them blindly to win the game. At any case, I don’t expect more than two goals.
Morocco vs Iran: Betting Tips
“No” no “both teams to score” is at 1.57, and Morocco’s win in “draw no bet doesn’t pay more than 1.50, both low. “Under 2.5 goals” pays even less. For something much better than 1.57, I would risk with Morocco’s win combined with a clean sheet. Like that, it pays 3.10, making the risk worth it.