The Qatar World Cup’s second round of group stage matches begins on November 25 with Wales taking on Iran at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium. Under a scorching noon sun, this Group B encounter will begin at 1 p.m. local time at which point both teams will be vying for a spot in the round of 16. Wales clearly has more quality, but Iran can find comfort in the comfortable and familiar surroundings. But who will rule Al Rayyan, and how can you make the most accurate World Cup 2022 predictions for your World Cup bets this year? You can find out with the help of our Iran vs Wales prediction. We have everything set out here, whether you are a seasoned gambler seeking for the finest World Cup betting odds or someone who has never placed a single football bet in their life.
Our Iran vs Wales prediction: Wales to win.
Wales will be in a somewhat upbeat mood when they arrive in Qatar, following a run of success that saw them earn spots in the Euro 2016 and 2022 World Cup. Wales went an astonishing 58 years without making it into any major competitions; their latest appearance was in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden (when the Welsh team reached the quarter-finals).
The group performed admirably at Euro 2016, defeating favourites Belgium in the quarter finals to advance to the semi-finals. Wales’ reemergence as a major international force and ascent to 19th place in the FIFA rankings wasn’t even affected much by their eventual elimination by eventual champions Portugal. They may have missed the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but they still have enough experience and qualification to advance farther this time.
World Cup History
Wales last competed in the World Cup in 1958 in Sweden, as we have already said. Since the tournament’s beginning in 1930, the Welsh have only ever made it to the finals once. Wales were fiercely competitive in 1958 and drew all three of their group stage games before defeating a strong Hungary team 2-1 in a play-off game to go to the quarterfinals. Wales’ assault was fueled by the famous John Charles.
In this match, they faced eventual champions Brazil in Gothenburg, where they once again put on a strong performance but ultimately fell short 1-0 thanks to a brilliant Pele goal. Wales will need to channel this spirit of grit and rivalry if they want to succeed in Qatar, especially given the calibre of Group B rivals England and the United States.
Qualification and Road to the World Cup 2022
Wales undoubtedly had to work hard to get via Play-Off Path A and to the World Cup finals in Qatar after placing second in Group E. They impressively only dropped one of their Group E games, 3-1 to Belgium in the first round of qualifiers, and then won four of their final seven games to finish first, one point ahead of second-placed Czech Republic. After Austria was defeated 2-1 at home in a nail-biting play-off semifinal, Wales defeated Ukraine 1-0 in front of a full house at Cardiff City Stadium.
|24th March 2021||Belgium vs Wales||3-1||Belgium|
|30th March 2021||Wales vs Czech Republic||1-0||Wales|
|5th September 2021||Belarus vs Wales||2-3||Wales|
|8th September 2021||Wales vs Estonia||0-0||Draw|
|8th October 2021||Czech Republic vs Wales||2-2||Draw|
|11th October 2021||Estonia vs Wales||0-1||Wales|
|13th November 2021||Wales vs Belarus||5-1||Wales|
|16th November 2021||Wales vs Belgium||1-1||Draw|
|24th March 2022||Wales vs Austria||2-1||Wales|
|5th June 2022||Wales vs Ukraine||1-0||Wales|
Wales Players to Watch
The majority of the Welsh national team play in one of the top five leagues in Europe, as one might anticipate. But who are the main figures you need to watch out for? Here are the top three as part of this entry in our World Cup tips series.
- Gareth Bale: Although joining LA Galaxy after leaving Real Madrid may appear to be a career step backward, it will provide Wales’ talismanic Gareth Bale plenty of playing time before the World Cup. This is crucial for the 33-year-old winger, who despite his advanced years continues to be the Welsh team’s most dangerous goal threat and someone who can open up a lot of space for others. Bale has scored a record 40 goals in 106 international games to date, and he will be eager to increase this total in Qatar this winter.
- Brennan Johnson: After scoring 19 goals in 51 Championship games during a breakout 2021/22 season, this gifted 21-year-old attacker is now illuminating the Premier League with Nottingham Forest. Even though he won’t play until 2020, he’s already a significant member of the national team and in some ways Bale’s heir apparent. His first international goal came during a 1-1 UEFA Nations League draw with Belgium; he has since earned 13 caps and scored twice for Wales.
- Daniel James: The 24-year-old speedster Dan James struggled to make an impact at Manchester United, but under Marcelo Bielsa and now Jesse Marsch at Leeds, he has progressively progressed. He will play a key role in Wales’ counterattacking strategy and provide a serious danger when positioned behind strong defensive lines since he now possesses higher football knowledge and a better finished product. James already has five goals for his country in 36 appearances, and he will once more be attempting to increase this total in Qatar.
Iran is not a nation that is often associated with football, but the squad has made steady progress in recent years and is currently ranked as the 22nd best team in the world by FIFA, making it all the more difficult to give our football predictions for this match. Iran is also considered the top squad in the AFC qualification group, surpassing more seasoned World Cup contenders like Japan, South Korea, and even Australia.
Iran will be competing in this World Cup for the sixth time overall and third time in a row. They hope to break new ground by making it past the group stage or first round for the first time ever. Iran still has a mountainous task ahead of them if they want to advance to the World Cup’s knockout rounds, and if Wales fails to surprise England in their opening Group B meeting, the match might take on enormous significance.
World Cup History
Iran didn’t officially join FIFA until the 1950 World Cup, and the nation didn’t make its maiden finals participation until 1978 due to a number of geopolitical concerns and on-field missteps. Iran was eliminated at the group stage’s first hurdle with no victories and only one point from three games. Although a historic 2-1 victory against the US wasn’t enough to guarantee a spot in the second round, their first World Cup triumph really didn’t arrive until their next appearance in the final in France 1998.
Iran failed to qualify for the finals at all in 2002 and 2010, while subsequent group stage exits occurred in 2006 and 2014. Iran won four points from their three group stage games last time out in Russia, when they just missed being eliminated by one point. This performance is debatably the team’s finest thus far in the competition. This run, which included victories over Morocco and a 1-1 draw with Portugal, gave rise to optimism that the country might be prepared to make its next significant international step.
Qualification and Road to the World Cup 2022
Iran was able to qualify for Qatar rather easily because of their top AFC rating, which gave them a pass to the next round of qualification. They won six of their eight games while capturing the AFC Group C title by one point over their neighbours, Iraq, and scored 34 goals in the process. This record includes crushing defeats over Cambodia by scores of 14-0 and 10-0, and despite close road losses to Iraq (2-1) and Bahrain (1-0), they were still able to advance to the third round. Here, Iran convincingly finished first in Group A ahead of South Korea with eight victories and only one loss in ten games. They thus qualified for Qatar as one of Asia’s top teams automatically.
|10th September 2019||Hong Kong vs Iran||0-2||Iran|
|10th October 2019||Iran vs Cambodia||14-0||Iran|
|15th October 2019||Bahrain vs Iran||1-0||Bahrain|
|14th November 2019||Iraq vs Iran||2-1||Iraq|
|3rd June 2021||Iran vs Hong Kong||3-1||Iran|
|7th June 2021||Iran vs Bahrain||3-0||Iran|
|11th June 2021||Cambodia vs Iran||0-10||Iran|
|15th June 2021||Iran vs Iraq||1-0||Iran|
|2nd September 2021||Iran vs Syria||1-0||Iran|
|7th September 2021||Iraq vs Iran||0-3||Iran|
|7th October 2021||UAE vs Iran||0-1||Iran|
|12th October 2021||Iran vs South Korea||1-1||Draw|
|11th November 2021||Lebanon vs Iran||1-2||Iran|
|16th November 2021||Syria vs Iran||0-3||Iran|
|27th January 2022||Iran v Iraq||1-0||Iran|
|1st February 2022||Iran v UAE||1-0||Iran|
|24th March 2022||South Korea vs Iran||2-0||South Korea|
|29th March 2022||Iran v Lebanon||2-0||Iran|
Iran Players to Watch
Many of the Iranian team’s players compete in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, therefore not all of them are well-known. To watch out for in Qatar, however, our staff has identified a few of the country’s top athletes.
- Ehsan Hajsafi: a 32-year-old seasoned midfielder who has 119 caps (and seven goals) under his belt, is Iran’s captain and a role model for younger players. He made his entire international debut in 2008 against Zambia, defeating them 3-2 while providing two magnificent assists as a preview of things to come. Hajsafi’s impact hasn’t diminished despite his advanced years, as demonstrated by his pivotal World Cup qualifying goal in Iran’s 3-0 victory over Syria in November 2021.
- Alireza Jahanbakhsh: Jahanbakhsh plays for Feyenoord and is one of the few Iranian athletes to compete at a high level in Europe. He is still a tricky winger with a superb eye for goal. To this end, the 29-year-old has scored 70 goals in 342 club games and 13 goals in 62 international matches. When he scored 21 goals for AZ in the Eredivisie in the 2017–18 season, the forward made history by becoming the first ever Asian player to lead the scoring in a major European League.
- Sardar Azmoun: the second-most expensive Iranian player of all time, who has scored 40 goals for his country in 63 games, serves as our last player. This total includes 10 goals in World Cup qualification, as Azmoun scored three times against Cambodia (14-0) and twice against Bahrain (3-0). Azmoun, a fantastic 27-year-old, has scored an astounding 105 goals in 274 appearances for his club, and he still performs at a very high level for Bundesliga team Bayern Leverkusen.
Iran vs Wales Betting Odds
At Betiton, you can access incredible WC 2022 betting odds across hundreds of markets. Here we reveal two of the most popular Iran vs Wales odds that you can pick on; Match Winner and the football betting market Over/Under 2.5 Goals.
|Wales to Win||Iran to Win||Draw|
Over/Under 2.5 Goals
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Who Will Win? Iran vs Wales Prediction
Given the relative quality of Gareth Southgate’s England team and the threat that the USA poses, this match is crucial for both teams in Group B. Iran will undoubtedly want to take advantage of the hot, muggy, and comfortable weather while they still have enough talent and experience in their team to pose a threat to the Welsh team. The star power of Gareth Bale and other players like Aaron Ramsey, though, are likely to make a difference in Al Rayyan, thus in our Iran vs Wales prediction, we’re expecting the Welsh to win by the odd goal in this match.
Our Iran vs Wales Betting Tips
Wales are the favourites to defeat Iran, although the bookmakers are rather hedging their bets in terms of online sports betting odds. Because there isn’t a clear favourite, betting on the match winner is dangerous and might be unprofitable, while handicap betting is prohibited.
However, we like the notion of betting on both teams to score since you can do so at 2.01 and profit from the fact that neither club has a formidably strong defence.