Soccer predictions for the World Cup 2018 game between Morocco and Iran
Morocco faces Iran in a match from Group B of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. This game is going to be played at the Saint-Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg. Here are our winning soccer predictions for this clash.
Morocco qualified for the World Cup after winning Group C in the African region of the qualifications. Herve Renard’s team won the group with 12 points and an unbeaten record of 3 wins and 3 draws. In Group C the Atlas Lions faced the teams of Ivory Coast, Gabon and Mali. They proved to be superior, finishing 4 points ahead of the 2nd Ivory Coast.
Yeni Malatyaspor’s striker Khalid Boutaib made a good impression during the qualifiers. He managed to score 4 goals for Morocco in the campaign, proving to be an important player for his team. Let’s see if he can make such an impression during the World Cup as well.
After the end of the qualification campaign, Morocco proved their class during the African Cup of Nations as well. They won the tournament, celebrating a 4-0 win over Nigeria in the final. This was another strong statement from the Atlas Lions that they are ready to impress at the World Cup as well.
Morocco will participate at the World Cup for a 5th time in their history and for a first time since 1998. Their best result is reaching the 1/8-finals in 1986. If they can do it again this year, this will be a great result for them.
The African team is currently managed by the French coach Herve Renard. In his career he has won the African Cup of Nations three times, doing it with three different teams – Zambia, Ivory Coast and Morocco.
Iran on the other hand will also participate at the World Cup for a 5th time in their history. They were among the teams to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. There Iran made one draw and lost twice, finishing their participation in the group stage. So far Iran have never reached the knockout stages of the World Cup. Can they do it this years? Most of the pundits don’t think so.
Iran qualified for the World Cup 2018 after winning Group D of the 2nd round in the Asia region. After this Iran remained very strong in the 3rd round as well, winning Group A and finishing ahead of Korea Republic and Syria. They finished their participation in the group unbeaten with a record of 6 wins and 4 draws.
Rubin Kazan’s Sardar Azmoun finished the campaign as Iran’s main goalscorer in the 3rd round. He scored 4 goals for the team, so we are going to watch him carefully during the World Cup games.
Portugal and Spain are the other two teams in Group B and it’s clear that they are the big favourites to reach the 1/8-finals. You can be sure that Morocco and Iran know this. And they also know that if they want to hope for some kind of a miracle in this group, they must start with a win against each other. These three points would be vital for any kind of hope against the two European giants in this group.
These are our winning soccer predictions for the World Cup 2018 game between Morocco and Iran. It’s clear that these two teams are the underdogs in this group, but you shall never underrestimate anyone who managed to qualify for the World Cup. If they are here, it means that they deserved it.