Iran World Cup Betting Preview: Latest odds, squad and tournament history

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A tough draw alongside Portugal, Spain and Morocco doesn't bode well for a side that have never made it past the group stage in four previous attempts

A staunch defensive showing will likely be Iran's number one priority in Russia but the Asian side will have their work cut out.

Group B sees them face Spain, Portugal and Morocco with their opening game against the African side undoubtedly the one that offers the best prospects of picking up three points for just the second time in their World Cup history.

2018 World Cup Qualification

Carlos Queiroz boasts a wealth of managerial experience in both club and international football and his Iran side were impressive in Asian qualification.

Sardar Azmoun Iran

The only unbeaten side in Group B, they finished top of the table above the likes of South Korea and Syria but their performances weren't particularly expansive.

Iran conceded just twice but scored only 10 times - an average of one goal per game - with four of those strikes coming from 23-year-old Sardar Azmoun who knows Russia well given his time spent with Rostov and Rubin Kazan.

World Cup History

Iran have been to four World Cups prior to securing their spot in Russia this summer but failed to make a significant impact on each occasion.

Group stage exits in 1978, 1998, 2006 and 2014 yielded just a single victory - 2-1 over the USA in France 20 years ago - and their tricky assignment in this edition means they're unlikely to avoid falling at the first hurdle once more.

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2018 World Cup Squad

GK DEF MID ST
Alireza Beyranvand Majid Hosseini Saeid Ezatollahi Alireza Jahanbakhsh
Rashid Mazaheri Ramin Rezaeian Masoud Shojaei Mahdi Taremi
Amir Abedzadeh Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh Mehdi Torabi Sardar Azmoun
  Morteza Pouraliganji Omid Ebrahimi Reza Ghoochannejhad
  Pejman Montazeri Karim Ansarifard Saman Ghoddos
  Milad Mohammadi   Ashkan Dejagah
  Roozbeh Cheshmi   Vahid Amiri
  Ehsan Hajsafi    

Latest World Cup odds

Market Price
To win the World Cup 500/1 (501.0)
To make the World Cup final 150/1 (151.0)
To win Group B 33/1 (34.0)
To qualify from Group B 6/1 (7.0)
To be the top Asian team 7/2 (4.50)

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