Group B has two European powerhouses in Spain and Portugal – between them they have won four major tournaments since Euro 2008 – but both Morocco and Iran will believe that they can cause an almighty upset by reaching the last-16 stage. The best way to increase the likelihood of that is to get three points on matchday one when the two underdogs face each other, particularly as the Iberians go head-to-head straight after on Friday night.
The match is taking place at the Kazan Arena, which is the home of Rubin Kazan, and the north Africans will be particularly grateful to be back on football’s biggest stage having last qualified in 1998. An in-depth preview for Group B from Tipbet is available, but Morocco surpassed expectations in the CAF qualification process, finishing above Gabon and the Ivory Coast. In addition, their potential for causing an upset was displayed in reaching the quarter-finals of the 2017 African Cup of Nations.
Hervé Renard has named a mixture of youth and experience for Russia 2018, with Juventus defender and captain Medhi Benatia their biggest name. Scoring goals could be an issue with Ayoub El Kaabi, who has 11 in 10 international appearances, the only player to have 10+ goals for the Atlas Lions.
Iran are among the weakest sides in the tournament and ahead of kick-off are at 520 to win the tournament; this is in comparison to the favourites Brazil at 5.25. When it comes to Group B, they are 5.50 to advance to the next round for the first time and Carlos Queiroz’s men have had some morale-boosting results before heading to Russia, with victories over Algeria, Uzbekistan and Lithuania.
This is a hugely important match for both countries and Tipbet have 101 different markets to bet on. Popular bets are shown at the top for ultimate convenience, with Morocco slight favourites in the match winner markets at 2.25. Iran, meanwhile, are 3.95 and it is 2.40 that both of the teams score. The half-time/full-time market is always popular, and the Africans to be top at both junctures is 4.05.
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