Morocco v Iran Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Atlas Lions to sink Iran in opener

Morocco v Iran - World Cup 2018

Morocco v Iran Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 15th June – 4.00 p.m
(Full time: 0:1 – goals: Bouhaddouz (OG) 95´)

This is a big game for both of these two nations at the 2018 World Cup because the rest of the fixtures they will face in Group B are going to be tough. With Portugal and Spain strong favourites to occupy the top two spots in Group B, this may be an early battle for pride and a positive start between Morocco and Iran.

Morocco News and Form

Morocco could get a good start here and continue some good form they have produced in 2018. Morocco have played five games this year winning four of them and drawing one. Their most notable victory of the year came come against Serbia and just looking at their overall form, they do look favourites to collect maximum points in this game.  They haven’t been goal shy either because they have netted at least two goals in all but two of their last eight games played. That is the kind of scoring that should be able to topple Iran’s challenge. In the bet365 correct score market, a Morocco 1-0 result is at 4/1 odds with a Morocco 2-0 option at 8/1 odds* (betting odds taken on June 11th, 2018 at 5:56 p.m.). Morocco won their qualification group in the CAF and they didn’t concede a single goal during their six games.

Morocco v Iran - World Cup 2018 Infographic

So you can have a look at Morocco to win to nil at 21/10 odds option at bet365* (betting odds taken on June 11th, 2018 at 5:56 p.m.). Over their last 10 games, Morocco are W8 D2 and so have some great form and some great confidence going as well. They have conceded in just one of their last seven games as well going back to the start of September 2017. Waiting for them in the group after this game will be Spain and Portugal and it is their game against Portugal which could end up being the pivotal one in the race for a qualification spot. So Morocco will want to get themselves off to a very positive start here against Iran. The Atlas Lions have a couple of main threats in their attack and they are Khalid Boutaïb and Ayoub El Kaabi who are worth looking out for in the anytime goalscorer market.

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Iran News and Form

Iran were comfortable through the qualification campaign to reach the World Cup finals and they went unbeaten in their 10 matches, shipping only the two goals. Their form reads really well at the moment as it is W7 D1 L2 in their last 10 games played. However, this is one of those occasions where you have to look at the quality of opposition that they have faced and it hasn’t been great, Iran not really having met anyone of note in that sequence. Really their biggest games in that run was a draw against Russia in October last year and then a recent defeat against Turkey in a friendly. Team Melli may, therefore, struggle to get anything out of this game and looking at the state of the group this is their most winnable match. They do have the experience of head coach Carlos Queiroz there to help them through this but they look justifiable underdogs for this game. This is the fifth appearance in the World Cup finals for Iran and from their 12 previous World Cup fixtures they have produced only the one victory. Just because Morocco are in pretty decent shape and have faced tougher opposition than Iran have recently, both teams not to score is at 8/15 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken on June 11th, 2018 at 5:56 p.m.) as Iran may struggle to create any openings.

Morocco v Iran Head to Head

This will be just the second game between Iran and Morocco and the previous one was a 2002 international friendly which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Morocco v Iran Betting Odds*

Morocco 13/10
Draw 2/1
Iran 29/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 12th, 2018 at 4:18 a.m.)

Morocco v Iran Predictions

Morocco looks at the value option going into this one although Iran will prove to be a stubborn opponent. But Morocco are carrying more form than their opponents and should be able to go out and land themselves the three points but probably by nothing more than a one-goal margin.