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Group F gets underway on Monday evening with our tipster backing Carlos Queiroz’s men to frustrate the Super Eagles in Curitiba in what could be a closely fought match

Iran and Nigeria face off on Monday evening with both sides attempting to a stake a claim for the second qualifying spot in Group F.

Nigeria have gone through two World Cup finals since they last won a game in the competition, with victory against Bulgaria in France in 1998 being the last time they tasted victory on the world stage. They come into this World Cup after beating Ethiopia in the final round of qualifying, which saw them go unbeaten throughout their campaign.

However, it hasn't been all plain sailing for Nigeria and Stephen Keshi's men in their preparation matches, as they have yet to win.

Draws against Mexico, Scotland and Greece were followed up with a loss against USA. Despite not firing on all cylinders recently William Hill price them at 6/5 (2.20) to beat Iran.

Iran defeated the Korean Republic in their last match of Asian qualification to secure top spot in the group and safe passage to Brazil. Former Manchester United assistant boss Carlos Queiroz has been a huge influence on their success, turning around a side that failed to qualify for the South African World Cup in 2010.

In the last month they have remained unbeaten in their friendlies, drawing with Belarus, Montenegro and Angola, before beating Trinidad and Tobago 2-0. William Hill price them at 11/4 (3.75) to win their opening game, with the same firm pricing the draw at 2/1 (3.00).

With both sides knowing victory is vital if they are to challenge Argentina and Bosnia in qualifying from the group, you can expect an open game with plenty of goals. The over 2.5 goals bet at 6/4 (2.50) stands out, but the question of whether the sides have the quality up-front to see plenty of goals means it’s worth looking elsewhere for a bet.

Despite the draw being a tad shorter than usual at 2/1 (3.00) with William Hill, it’s worth a small investment, with Iran a solid unit that can frustrate Nigeria.

The Super Eagles struggled to find wins in their friendlies, drawing three of their four matches. With Iran also drawing three of their four games, expect a similar story in Curitiba.

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