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Betting Preview: Morocco v Iran: Back the Atlas Lions to avoid defeat

2:30 PM IST 14/06/18
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Herve Renard’s side will be looking to start the tournament on a high when they clash with Carlos Queiroz’s men

Morocco kick-off their 2018 campaign against Iran at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Friday.

The Atlas Lions will be making a return to the global tournament after missing out in the previous four editions and to ensure a decent campaign, they have played a number of tune-up games.

They will be heading into the competition on the back of an impressive 3-1 victory over Estonia, their second consecutive win.

The north Africans will be targeting maximum points against Carlos Queiroz’s men to boost their chances of qualifying for the round of 16 and can be backed at the odds of (2.30) with Bet365 to achieve the feat.

Although Herve Renard’s men have never met with the west Asians, nevertheless, (3.00) is on offer for both sides to cancel each other out.

Iran were dumped out in the group stage of the 2014 edition but were the second team to nick a place in Russia following a 2–0 home win over Uzbekistan.

They edged past Lithuania in their last warm-up game after previously suffering a 2-1 loss to Turkey. However, they have odds of (3.90) to surmount and put themselves in good stead for the knock-out stages of the tournament.

Morocco are unbeaten in their last five encounters and will be looking to maintain the form in this outing which punters can back with the same betting firm at the price of (1.28).

The Atlas Lions have scored in four of their previous five ties while Queiroz’s men have not failed to find the net in all their last 11 games. As a result, punters can reap profit by staking on both sides to score at odds of (2.25).

Considering that this is their opening game, they will likely be cautious with each other and Bet365 tips this contest to produce less than three goals at odds of 1.36).

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.