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15/06/2018 Kick Off:  4:00 pm Krestovsky Stadium V Predicted Score:2 - 1

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Match Summary

1 Look out for:

Khalid Boutaib. The 31-year-old Moroccan striker may not be a spring chicken anymore but with seven goals in 15 appearances, the 6ft 3in giant is on form and ready to make Iran pay.

Boutaib to score anytime is 12/5 with Betfair and that is one of the best football predictions for this game.

2 We fancy:

Both teams to score and Morocco to win at 11/2 with bet365.

The pair have been consistent scorers of late and even though many may have thought this would be a bore draw, the stats suggest the opposite is in store.

3 It's a long shot, but…

The 3-3 draw is 100/1 with BetVictor.

That is quite the long shot but based on the sides’ urgency to secure the three points or all but face elimination, it may just happen. 

Team News

Morocco world cup
Morocco's Last Six:

Won: 5 Drawn: 1 Lost: 0

Former Cambridge United boss Hervé Renard takes his team to Russia on form and eager to get an early three points under their belts.

Captain Mehdi Benatia is the country’s star man and will play a vital role against Iran, whilst midfielder Younès Belhanda is set to light up the middle of the park and will be a consistent goal threat for the Moroccans.

Iran team preview
Iran's Last Six:

Won: 4 Drawn: 0 Lost: 2

Former Manchester United assistant Carlos Queiroz is the man at the helm but two cancelled friendlies already this year leaves preparation somewhat disjointed.

After scoring last time out against Lithuania, 23-year-old striker Sardar Azmoun appears to have won the race as Iran’s main attacking threat.

Morocco vs Iran Football Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Morocco take on Iran at the Krestovsky Stadium in their opening World Cup fixture

Drawn in the same group as Spain and Portugal, it is of little surprise to learn that neither Morocco or Iran are expected to make it to the knockout stage. However, meeting each other in the opening group game gives both sides an opportunity to give themselves a chance of causing a shock. A draw will do little for either, but as we highlight in our World Cup predictions, if there is a loser, they may as well pack their bags home.

Morocco are 13/10 to win the match and that is good value for a side in good nick. The Moroccans have been on form and remarkably haven’t lost a game for almost exactly a year. During that time, they have beaten the likes of Nigeria and Slovakia and look good to get their World Cup off to a perfect start as one of our best football predictions. 

Iran are 29/10 to win but off-field problems appear to be hampering Queiroz’s side. Kit supplier issues with Nike and a cancelled friendly last week has done little to help preparation. With just one World Cup win to their name, which came at France 98, the Iranians will be up against it, making an Iran win one of the football score predictions to stay away from.

The draw is 2/1 and that result could effectively end either sides’ hopes of progression with games against Portugal and Spain to follow. However, the draw is unlikely as Morocco have only drawn twice in their last 14 internationals, whilst Iran haven’t shared the spoils with an opponent in their last eight games.

Over 2.5 goals in the game is 21/10 and that may prove to be one of the best football betting tips based on the pair’s recent form. Morocco have scored two or more goals in six of their last seven internationals, whilst Iran have scored a goal a game in their last four outings.

The draw at half-time is 5/6 and that is today’s football prediction. The opening game in a World Cup group is unlikely to see plenty of intense action early on but do expect the game to liven up in the second 45.

Predicted Score: Morocco 2 - 1 Iran

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Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!