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Iran vs USA Prediction – 2022 World Cup

Sean Fenech
November 22, 2022
Modified: November 23, 2022

What are our World Cup 2022 predictions for this tasty fixture? Will this be an easy game for the US team or will Iran make this more than just football? There will be plenty of interest in this game all because of the politics behind it, but we are here to discuss online sports betting, but will outside influences affect the match? We look at what each team has gone through so far with their first round of games done. Plus, we look at past results, player stats, and present you our Iran vs USA prediction. We have also added the latest odds on two popular betting markets that you can click on to instantly activate your bet slip. 

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Our Iran vs USA prediction: USA to win.

Iran Preview

Iran took a beating against the England team, which was to be expected. What was not expected by any World Cup predictor is that they would be able to score two goals. As a World Cup betting, that would have returned some major odds on a correct score with Iran to bag two goals. While England did dominate there are signs there that Iran can pose a threat to any team and score goals. Given how the US team allowed Wales back into their game, you might say that there is a chance, be it slim that at least a point could be made. 

World Cup History

This is Iran’s seventh World Cup appearance and it’s a good record given that their first was in 1978. Does this have any impact on World Cup predictions for this game? Well, it doesn’t but they have more experience with the competition than the US. Iran’s highest finish was 14th place, which was in their first competition.

Qualification and Road to the World Cup 2022

The Iranian team has to play 14 games before qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar. Here are the results that lead them to be in Group B.

Date Match Final Score
03/06/2021 Iraq vs Hong Kong 3-1
07/06/2021 Iran vs Bahrain 3-0
11/06/2021 Cambodia vs Iran 0-10
15/06/2021 Iran vs Iraq 1-0
02/09/2021 Iran vs Syria 1-0
07/09/2021 Iraq vs Iran 0-3
07/10/2021 UAE vs Iran 0-1
12/10/2021 Iran vs Korea Republic 1-1
11/11/2021 Lebanon vs Iran 1-2
16/11/2021 Syria vs Iran 0-3
27/01/2022 Iran vs Iraq 1-0
01/02/2022 Iran vs UAE 1-0
24/03/2022 Korea Republic vs 2-0
29/03/2022 Iran vs Lebanon 2-0

Iran Players to Watch

Here are the three best players Iran has that might be able to upset any football betting made against the Iranian team. 

  • Sardar Azmoun: Position: Forward. 66 caps, 41 goals, and 7 assists. His brilliant stats keep growing and he will be a dangerous man in this game. While he may not score, he has the chance to provide assists to striking partners.
  • Mehdi Taremi: Position: Forward. 62 caps, 29 goals, and 13 assists. A very talented player for the Iranian squad. A handful to play against and has pace, and a good eye for goal. Has good passing accuracy and takes free kicks at times.
  • Alireza Jahanbakhsh: Position: Right Winger. 66 caps, 13 goals, and 6 assists. When Iran is in full flow of a game, then he will cause trouble to defensive players. Good at crosses and good at scoring goals from outside the box.

USA Preview

The game against Wales in the first round of fixtures saw an epic first-half dominance from the Americans. Many World Cup bets did have this as a close game, but the first 45 minutes were constant pressure which resulted in the 1-0 lead. However, when a team has the likes of Gareth Bale playing, the result wasn’t too surprising, as it ended in a one-all draw. How will it go against a team like Iran? Well, put it this way, going out of the tournament with a loss to Iran will not sit well with the country, purely because of the politics. It’s a must-win, at all costs, even if they do not qualify, but they just might if they can get the 3 points.

World Cup History

Yes, for many tournaments, the USA did not qualify. Between 1954 and 1986, the Americans did not qualify. Since the 1990 World Cup, they have experienced Group Stage, Round of 16, and even the Quarter-Finals in the 2002 World Cup, finishing 8th place overall.

The US got to host the 1994 World Cup and will be repeating the honour with the 2026 tournament that will be shared between the US, Canada, and Mexico.

Should you make football predictions based on tournament history? While it can be an indicator of how a national team is progressing it’s entirely relative to the players within the squad. This is a new era for the American national team, they are also the youngest in the tournament. A footballing approach used by the US to embed young players with as much experience as possible. In the 2002 Cup, they reached the Quarter-finals and ended in 8th place. This was their milestone, but also, they will be hosting their second tournament in 2026, following their 1994 success. The 2026 World Cup will be co-hosted with Canada and Mexico.

Qualification and Road to the World Cup 2022

14 gruelling games were played by the USA team to reach Qatar. But it wasn’t an easy task when you see some of the results. Perhaps the result of being a young team. The US even lost their two friendly games in the build-up to this competition, which adds to their inconsistencies. Here are their qualifier results.

Date Match Final Score
03/09/2021 El Salvador vs USA 0-0
06/09/2021 USA vs Canada 1-1
09/09/2021 Honduras vs USA 1-4
08/10/2021 USA vs Jamaica 2-0
11/10/2021 Panama vs USA 1-0
14/10/2021 USA vs Costa Rica 2-1
13/11/2021 USA vs Mexico 2-0
16/11/2021 Jamaica vs USA 1-1
28/01/2022 USA vs El Salvador 1-0
30/01/2022 Canada vs USA 2-0
03/02/2022 USA vs Honduras 3-0
25/03/2022 Mexico vs USA 0-0
28/03/2022 USA vs Panama 5-1
31/03/2022 Costa Rica vs USA 2-0

USA Players to Watch

The American national team has a young squad and their best players form their midfield. Like the Wales predictions, these are the same players that we believe might be the ones to help America claim the 3 points, that will keep their Group B hopes alive. 

  • Christian Pulisic: Position: Right Winger. 53 caps, 21 goals, and 13 assists. He is seen as the team’s best player, and he will need to be on form. Expect him to play more behind Weah in this game to help contribute more assists.
  • Brenden Aaronson: Position: Midfielder. 25 caps, 6 goals, and 5 assists. Started the first game as a sub but will be a starter for this game as he is far too dangerous to leave on the bench. Collect free-kick, has a good cross on him, and likes to run with the ball, something Iran struggles with.
  • Tyler Adams: Position: Defensive Midfielder. 33 caps, 1 goal, 1 assist, and 5 yellow cards. The US captain will be the pivot from defence to attack in this game. He most likely will pick up a booking because that is his style of play. Not a scorer of goals but helps to stop them from being conceded.

Iran vs USA Betting Odds

By using Betiton for your FIFA World Cup coverage, you can access hundreds of betting markets with highly competitive WC 2022 betting odds. These are two of the most popular markets being used right now for this tournament. Select any odds you like and instantly activate your bet slip to wager on.

Match Winner

Iran to Win USA to Win Draw
4.35 1.75 3.50

Over/Under 2.5 Goals

Over 2.5 Goals Under 2.5 Goals
1.96 1.73

Who Will Win? Iran vs USA Prediction

Our football predictions see this being an even game. Both teams are likely to score and settled by one goal.

Our Iran vs USA prediction: USA to win.

Our Iran vs USA Betting Tips

The best tip out of all World Cup tips that we can give is to add USA to your bet slip and to add five or more other predictions to it. By forming accumulator bets, you can increase the potential return. 

Sean Fenech

Content Writer at Betiton™

Sean has been writing casino and iGaming content ever since 2018. Moreover, he is also an alumnus of the University of Malta, having graduated with an M.A. in English in 2020. Finally, he also manages the Betiton Medium blog, where he publishes research into the history of popular casino games. You can access this blog here: https://betiton.medium.com/