The countdown for World Cup 2018 has begun. It is the summer’s biggest sporting event. Millions of fans around the world, 32 competing countries, hundreds of the sport’s best athletes, four weeks of nail-biting action… World Cup 2018 is going to be a showstopper.
For gamblers, the once-in-four-year event brings with it some of the biggest opportunities all year. Bookmakers all over the world have launched hundreds of new betting markets just for the World Cup 2018. From winning team to best player, group results to match-by-match odds, there is something for every punter. Plus, having some skin in the game amplifies the thrill and makes the event much more exciting.
With so many markets to analyze, we launched a series of articles to help punters understand the odds of each team. This particular post focuses on Iran. Iran was the first team to qualify from Asia. The team has a stellar line up of players and We spill the beans on the odds on Iran winning world cup 2018. We also cover the juicy info, including which players to watch, who are the rising stars, their opponents and more!
Iran World Cup 2018: World Cup History
This 2018 season is Iran’s fifth World Cup. They had also qualified in 1978, 1998, 2006 and 2014. However, the team has never advanced past the group stage. Back in 2014, Iran did not win a single game.
Coach, Carlos Queiroz has since made huge changes to the squad, including a pick of younger and more talented players and a strong defence strategy. In fact, Queiroz has already vowed that Iran will “not go to Russia as tourists.”
Will they make history this time? For starters, the team is in great shape. The current Iranian squad was unbeaten in 18 qualifying games across two rounds. Not a single goal conceded in nine games! That set the record for the most consecutive clean sheets in World Cup qualification without conceding. To finish it off, they finished with a 2-2 draw against Syria.
However, the team is up against a tough group. Iran meets European champions Portugal and 2010 World Cup winners, Spain. What do you think are the chances for Iran to win world cup 2018 odds? odds for Iran to win world cup 2018?
Iran World Cup 2018: Team
Iran has a younger crop of players at its disposal this time round. Take Sardar Azmoun for example. The entire nation will be watching him. The 22-year old forward has already tallied 22 international goals.
The winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh is another rising star. He is the best player in Netherlands this season with interest from Burnley, Watford, Bournemouth and Napoli. Add to that Reza Ghoochannejhad with 19 goals under his belt last season, and young midfielders Saeid Ezatolahi and Saman Ghoddos.
The team is led by veteran Portugese manager and former Manchester United coach, Carlos Queiroz. Queiroz led three different national teams to four World Cups. This includes the Iran team in 2014 World Cup. Since his leadership in 2015, Queiroz has since rebuilt the squad.
Now, they’ve got a younger team with more international experience. As some may put it, Carlos Queiroz turned Iran into Asia’s best World Cup hope.
Yet, Iran faces a tough draw this June. This talented squad will definitely show the world what they’re made of. If all goes well, these players may even get the chance to move to bigger clubs in bigger leagues.
Iran World Cup 2018 Odds; World Cup 2018 Iran Fixtures
Here are the betting odds Iran to win World Cup 2018:
Odds Iran World Cup 2018 Matches
- Iran vs. Morocco (Friday, 15th June 2018)
- Morrocco Wins 5/4
- Draw 2
- Iran Wins 13/5
- Iran vs. Spain (Wednesday, 20th June 2018)
- Spain 2/11
- Draw 5
- Iran 20
- Iran vs. Portugal (Monday, 25th June 2018)
- Portugal 1/3
- Draw 4
- Iran 8
The odds and predictions above were provided by SkyBet.
Odds of Iran World Cup Top Goalscorer
- Sardar Azmoun 4/1
- Alireza Jahan Baksh 6/1
- No Iran goalscorer 8/1
- Mehdi Taremi 10/1
- Reza Ghoochannejad 10/1
Odds on Iran winning 2018 World Cup
The current odds for Iran to win world cup 2018 stands at 500/1. The odds for Iran’s stage of elimination are as follows:
- Group Stage 1/9
- Last 16 11
- Quarter Final 40
- Runner Up 250
Let’s face it. The odds for Iran to win world cup 2018 isn’t high. However, there is a good match between Iran and Morocco. The Egyptian Melli, best team in Asia since 2014 vs. Morrocco’s Lions of the Atlas.
The coaches have already proclaimed it. Iran coach, Carlos Queiroz says, “It will be like our World Cup final — we’ll play like we are playing for our lives.”
Iran World Cup 2018 Fixtures
Iran kicks off the World Cup season in Group B. What do you think are the odds on Iran to win World Cup 2018? Well besides scouring the net for different points of view, you may want to catch one (or all) of their matches.
Here is the current schedule for Iran’s matches at the group stage of the tournament:
- Iran vs. Morocco
Friday 15th June, 11:00 PM (Local Time)
Saint Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg
- Iran vs. Spain
Wednesday 20th June, 9:00 PM (Local Time)
Kazan Arena, Kazan
- Iran vs. Portugal
Monday 25th June, 9:00 PM (Local Time)
Mordovia Arena, Saransk