Carlos Queiroz’s side suffered a sickening blow on Saturday evening when Lionel Messi’s dramatic stoppage time winner for Argentina finally broke Iranian resistance to ensure that the South Americans progressed to the last 16.
Iran must beat Bosnia-Herzegovina and hope that Nigeria lose to Argentina if they are to have any chance of joining Alejandro Sabella’s side in the next round.
Despite already having been eliminated from the competition following back-to-back defeats against Argentina and Nigeria respectively, Bosnia are favourites to end Iran’s hopes of reaching the next phase, with William Hill making Safet Susic’s side a 6/5 (2.20) chance to end a bitterly disappointing campaign on a positive note.
Carlos Queiroz’s men have yet to find the net in Brazil and can be backed at 12/5 (3.40) with William Hill to claim a famous victory in Salvador while the same firm go 9/4 (3.25) that the match ends all square.
Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has endured a disappointing tournament but, with the 28-year-old likely to spearhead Bosnia’s attack against the Asian outfit, William Hill go just 7/2 (4.50) that Dzeko scores first here while the same firm offer 23/20 (2.15) that the Bosnian front man finds the net at any time.
Given that these two sides have mustered just a solitary goal between them in the tournament thus far, it is somewhat unsurprising that William Hill offer just 7/10 (1.70) that fewer than three goals are scored in Salvador on Wednesday evening.
Bosnia-Herzegovina may have failed to shine in Brazil but Safet Susic’s side should prove to be too strong for an Iranian side bereft of a genuine goal threat and the 6/5 (2.20) quote for the European side to win looks to represent solid value for punters ahead of the final round of fixtures in Group F.
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