Match: Iran vs Portugal
Competition: FIFA World Cup Group B
Time / Date: 21:00h / 25 June 2018
Venue: Mordovia Arena, Saransk.
In the final match of Group B, the Portuguese team will face sympathetic Iran.
It looks like the match is without great importance for Ronaldo and company, on the other hand, Carlos Queiroz’s team have all the chances to continue ahead but this can only happen if they make almost impossible – to win over Portugal.
Iran vs Portugal Match Preview
After the goal fest in the opening match of Portugal (3:3) with Spain, Fernando Santos’s team earned a difficult victory over Morocco (1:0) as the main player in both events was of course, the star of The Navigators – Cristiano Ronaldo, after notching all four goals for the Portuguese so far.
This may be the last World cup for Real Madrid’s big star and he would like to have this trophy. With 4 points in his assets and the same goal difference with Spain, even a draw would give chance for Portugal to continue in the race.
Iran managed to win the first match with a great deal of luck, a late own goal (95 ‘) brought the three points in their side. The second match proved to be a tough one and Spain beat them with 1-0 only. Against Portugal, they will rely on defensive formation, good concentration and a high pace in counter-attack.
Iran vs Portugal Head-to-head
These two teams have faced just once before, with Deco and Cristiano Ronaldo scoring in a 2-0 win back in the 2006 World Cup.
Iran vs Portugal Team News
Iran were seriously unlucky not to get a point from their clash versus Spain and are not expected to make changes here.
Beiranvand, Rezaeian, Pouraliganji, Hosseini, Hajsafi, Ezatolahi, Ebrahimi, Amiri, Ansarifard, Taremi, Azmoun
Andre Silva could substitute Goncalo Guedes up front following an ineffectual pair of games, but aside from that it’s supposed to be more of the same from Portugal.
Patricio, Soares, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro, Moutinho, Carvalho, B. Silva, Mario, Ronaldo, A. Silva
Iran vs Portugal Stats and Streaks
- Portugal have won 10 of their last 11 matches (FIFA World Cup).
- Portugal have kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 8 matches (FIFA World Cup).
Iran vs Portugal Prediction
Ronaldo and co. will come out extremely motivated in this game. In the first match they showed a lot of defensive holes, but at their second meeting they recorded a clean sheets but the win over Morocco was deal of luck they took the three points. Iran can take advantage of the weaknesses in defense of Selesao they will try to defeat the European Champion with a strong battle, a lot of energy and self-reliance.
It is expected that the game will be heavy to lead with a very aggressive game on both sides and a robust battle in the centre of the field where the experienced players of Portugal can win the battle this way and the matches.
Our expectations are for Portugal to take a difficult win, not risking much in the attack and relying on not to concede a goal. In the early position, they will rely on Ronaldo where he expects to lead his team and win again. Iran team will not surrender and will try to take over the Portuguese Fortress. Our opinion is that they will not risk the opening minutes and that there is no goal scored by halftime.