Iran vs USA is a match full of political tension. Certainly much less than their meeting in 1998 (when everything went smoothly), but political tension nonetheless. But it is also a game where the winner takes it all and moves to the next phase of the World Cup.
A draw is in Iran’s favour, provided that Wales doesn’t beat England in the match that starts simultaneously in Al Rayyan.
Iran vs USA
Date: 29 November 2022
Time: 19:00 (GMT)
Venue: Al Thumama Stadium (Al Thumama)
How do you follow a hard 6-2 loss to England? But with a win over Wales, one that gives you the advantage to hold your destiny in your own two hands. This is the case for Iran.
There are issues that coach Carlos Queiroz has to deal with ahead of the matchup of Iran vs USA. Alireza Jahanbakhsh received a second yellow card in each of Iran’s first two matches and will be in the stands. Sardar Azmoun is also questionable, but the latest news indicates he might be fit in time.
Goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand is cleared to play, after sitting out due to concussion protocol in the game against Wales. His replacement, Hossein Hosseini, however, was unmistaken in that match and it seems like he will keep the starting job.
Two matches, two draws, two points for USA. Now coach Gregg Berhalter knows that his team must win this Iran vs USA match to get through to the knockout stage.
The morale is high, after a sharp performance against almighty England, where the Americans showed incredible athleticism compared to their opponents.
Giovanni Reyna will most probably stay on the bench for yet another game, with Haji Wright and Josh Sargent fighting for the spot in the left-side wing. Yunus Misah, possibly the most impressive player for the USA so far in the tournament, trained by himself over the weekend, but he is deemed fit for Iran vs USA.
Iran (4-4-2): H Hosseini; Rezaeian, M Hosseini, Pouraliganji, Mohammadi; Ali Gholizadeh, Nourollahi, Ezatolahi, Hajsafi; Taremi, Azmoun
USA (4-3-3): Turner; Dest, Zimmerman, Ream, Robinson; Adams, Musah, McKennie; Pulisic, Weah, Sargent
No team will take risks. This Iran vs USA game will not be a goal fest, sorry to disappoint. The Under 2.5 goals option is properly valued.
Iran vs USA Pick: Under 2.5 goals @1.65
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