Iran v Portugal Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

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Iran v Portugal- World Cup 2018

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Portugal go into their final group stage match looking for something that will see them edge out Spain for the top spot in the group. They start the final round of group matches level on points and level on goal difference with the Spaniards. Iran are still in contention for a place in the round of sixteen, but they would need to win this. After a great performance against Spain in midweek, really getting under the skin of the Red Fury our Iran v Portugal predictions can see the underdogs doing the same to Portugal.

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All credit due to Iran for their valiant effort against Spain, losing 1-0 but having more than one chance to get a draw out of the game. They were fully committed and if they produce the same intensity again than they could have a chance against Portugal in their final group stage match. They are still in with a shout of making it to the round of sixteen but they will need to win this game in order to do that. A draw will not be enough for them. They are taking on the European champions and Iran are underdogs here, but still, punters won’t be put off by an Iran-Draw double-chance option at 6/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 22nd, 2018 at 9:32 p.m.).

Iran are W4 L2 in their last six games and we see this being tight so under 2.5 goals at bet365 is a good Iran v Portugal betting tip at 8/15 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 22nd, 2018 at 9:32 p.m.). If Iran were to get the win it is hard to imagine that it would anything more than a 1-0 success as they don’t look a massive threat in front of goal. Four of their last five games have been settled by a 1-0 scoreline. But they are well organised defensively and overall it is that defence which has helped them get a W8 D1 L3 record in their last twelve games. The question on everyone’s lips then, is can Iran keep Cristiano Ronaldo quiet?

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Portugal News and Form

Cristiano Ronaldo, as was fully expected, has carried Portugal through this tournament. He has scored all four of their goals which has earned them four points so far. He got the only goal of the game against Morocco in their second match and that was early on in the fixture. He then disappeared totally in the game as the Africans threw down a stern challenge to the Portuguese. Portugal were second best in terms of chances and possession against Morocco in their second group stage game and they look as if they could be vulnerable here. Portugal have posted just a W1 D3 record in their last four games played so there could be some stresses in this game for them.

The draw at 11/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 22nd, 2018 at 9:32 p.m.) in the match outright for this fixture just appeals so much. Of course with Ronaldo in the side Portugal will get chances and he is at 5/2 in the bet365 first goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from June 22nd, 2018 at 9:32 p.m.) and that’s a pretty straightforward Iran v Portugal prediction. Portugal are now with just three wins in their last eight games (D4 L1) so the resilience is there, but is the winning touch? They do have to go for the win though if they want to get the top spot in this group from Spain. A draw secures qualification and a loss sends them home.

Iran v Portugal Head to Head

The one previous fixture between Iran and Portugal was a World Cup game back in 2006. Portugal came away with a 2-0 success on that occasion and Ronaldo got one of the strikes from the penalty spot.

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Iran v Portugal Betting Odds*

Portugal 7/10
Draw 11/4
Iran 5/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 22nd, 2018 at 9:32 p.m.)

Iran v Portugal Predictions

Iran have something to play for and they will find Portugal less of a challenge than Spain were and that is because they will get more ball in this fixture. We ultimately don’t see them getting the three points in the game, but Portugal, who struggled badly against Morocco could find themselves being held. An Iran +1 Asian handicap may be worth a look in the game.