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England vs Iran - 2022 World Cup Betting Guide

England and Iran will play the first match of Group B. The game will take place on the 21st of November, and will be held in the Khalifa International Stadium, in Al Rayyan.

As the first game of the group, both teams will look to show their intent right from the first kick of the ball. Most of the English team play in the Premier League, and they will hope that there will be no major injuries or fatigue so that they can start their World Cup campaign smoothly. Iran, on the other hand, has a team that plays across many different leagues in the world, but mostly in the Persian Gulf Pro League. This World Cup is perhaps more important to the nation than any other competition.

England Team Info – Is Football Coming Home?

England qualified for the 2022 World Cup after winning Group I in the UEFA qualifiers. They hammered the competition, winning 8 out of their 10 games, and drawing the 2 others. They scored a whopping 39 goals and only conceded 3. That will come as no surprise to most football fans, seeing that England currently has one of the best squads in the world. They came to the semi finals in the 2018 World Cup, but had a surprise exit when Croatia beat them in extra time. Disaster struck again in the 2020 European Championships, when England reached the final but lost on penalties to Italy. This year, the squad has many of the same players and given their experience from the previous World Cup and last European Championships, the team will look to improve, and possibly bring the title home.

In goal, they have their longtime goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, but they can also choose to play Nick Pope, Aaron Ramsdale, or Dean Henderson. In defence, they have world class players such as Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, and many more. In midfield, they can play Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips, Mason Mount, Jude Bellingham, or James Ward-Prowse, amongst others. In attack, they have their captain Harry Kane, as well as top players such as Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, Marcus Rashford, and Jadon Sancho.

Iran Team Info – Threatening in Qualifying

Iran will enter the World Cup for the 6th time in their history in 2022. The team's new manager, Carlos Queiroz, has managed plenty of national teams, including Portugal, Colombia, Egypt, and more, but he is perhaps most famous for his stints as assistant manager in Manchester United. With the appointment of the Portuguese manager, who has already managed Iran between 2011-2019, the team are in good hands. The football team itself has not won many trophies in recent years; their most recent big run in a tournament was in 2019, when they came third in the AFC Asian Cup. Their qualification to the 2022 World Cup, however, was excellent. Out of 10 games, Iran won 8, drew once and lost once. They scored 15 goals and only conceded 4. Many of the current national players play in the top teams in the Persian Gulf Pro League.

Their first choice keeper is Alireza Beiranvand, who has 50 caps for his country. In defence, they have captain Ehsan Hajsafi and Milad Mohammadi, Hossein Kanaanizadegan, Shojae Khalilzadeh, Ramin Rezaeian and Morteza Pouraliganji. In the middle of the field, they have players such as Omid Ebrahimi, Saeid Ezatolahi, Samman Ghoddos and Ahmad Nourollahi. In attack, they have Mehdi Taremi, Vahid Amiri, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, and Sardar Azmoun.

England vs Iran Head-to-head

England has never played against Iran.

England vs Iran Betting Preview

As the two teams have never faced each other, it is difficult to speculate what may happen in this match. England will have shorter odds, meaning that they will be the favourites to win, but Iran had an extremely positive qualifying campaign, which suggests they may be able to cause an upset. You can find a huge list of bets for this game, which include everything from which team will win to bets with gigantic odds such as correct score.

Asian Handicaps

Handicaps offer you the chance to bet on a team to win by at least a certain margin, or you can use handicaps that favour the team by which they will be required to not lose by over a certain margin. There are three types of handicaps and each of them works slightly differently.

You can bet on England to beat Iran with a handicap of -2.5, which will require England to win the game at least 3 goals clear of Iran. If you bet on England to win the game with a handicap of -3, this will require England to win the game by 4 goals, but if they only win by 3 then the game will be counted as a draw and your stake will be returned to you.

You can also go halfway between those two handicaps with a bet of -2.75. This will divide your stake into two equal parts, with half going on a handicap of -2.5 and the other going on a handicap of -3. If England win by 4 or more goals then both halves of the bet will pay out, but if they only win by 3 goals then you will receive half of your money back.

Player Goals

You can back your favourite English or Iranian players in the match to score at any point during the game, score the first goal, or score the last goal of the game. If Harry Kane, Phil Foden, Marcus Rashford, or any of the other top English forwards are starting, then you will surely find the odds on them to score, score the first goal, and score the final goal of the game. Iranian forwards that you may want to keep an eye on are Mehdi Taremi, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, and Sardar Azmoun.

Over/Under Total Goals

Nothing is quite as exciting as a football match that is ridden with goals, and with the total goals bet you can bet on that to happen in the England vs Iran match. Using the over/under format, you will find bets for over/under 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, and 4.5. If you think that England and Iran can score 5 or more goals between them, you can take advantage of the long odds on that bet. If you think they may hold each other to a stalemate in the match, you can decide to bet on the two teams to score 1.5 goals or less.

X Goal Sequence

Goal sequence bets are not easy to predict as you will have to define the correct score at the end of the match as well as the order in which the goals were scored. For example, you may pick a 4 goal sequence and then you will see options such as H/H/A/H or H/A/H/H, amongst the many. The H stands for the home team whilst the A stands for the away team. You will then have to pick a sequence in which you think the 4 goals will be scored, for example: England/England/England/Iran, or England/Iran/England/England, and so on.

And Plenty More

In addition to the markets listed in this guide, you check through the entire list and discover many more. England to score the first goal, either team to score within the first 10 minutes, England to win both halves, Iran to score in both halves, England to keep a clean sheet, both teams to score at least 2 goals, England to reverse the result, are just some of the many bets you can check the odds on, and there are plenty of similar bets available.

You should always keep track of how much money you are gambling with when betting on the World Cup. With the group matches coming in rapid succession, there is a possibility to overspend. If you need more information on how you can keep your gambling safe and not spend more than you can afford to lose, you can always read through some of the useful information provided by organisations such as

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