World Cup 2022: USA vs. Iran Betting Preview
Even if you weren’t satisfied with a tie against England, USA’s 0-0 draw against one of the strongest teams in the World was impressive. The USMNT plays like a unit of young studs, hungry for victory. Oh and by the way, it’s called “soccer”!
Note (from FanDuel Sportsbook): No team will be playing at home during the World Cup in Qatar. For betting purposes, FanDuel explains that: “Home Team refers to the team listed first, Away Team refers to the second team listed.”
Game: USA vs. Iran, +300
Iran has no chance of winning this game. The United States fought with energy against a strong British team. Veteran center defenseman Tim Ream was excellent on defense for the men’s team, making critical tackles against the English offense. Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane struggled to get open shots in the box against the US’s defensive line. Christian Pulisic has also played phenomenally, and it was Timothy Weah who was able to score America’s only goal of the tournament against Wales. A draw is a strong result for this young squad against England, who finished as runners up in the 2020 Euro.
With that being said, Iran was able to pull off a huge win over Wales in their second game of the competition. Wales did go down a man as a result of a red card in the match. In fact, Wales’ Wayne Hennessey was handed a red card in the 86th minute of the game, allowing Iran to score in the eighth and 11th minutes of added time. Obviously, Iran got lucky with a late red card to Wales, allowing them to play 11 on 10 ferocious offense in added time. Iran had just 38% of possession but finished the game with 21 shots while Wales had 62% possession in the game but just 10 shots. Obviously, the majority of Iran’s offense came very late in the game, allowing them to upset Wales in stoppage time.
To me, it seems evident that the US will quiet Iran, especially as they got lucky to take the win away from Wales, who had 501 total passes in the match to Iran’s 298. The U.S. should cream Iran in a game which they really would like to win.
The Pick: USA, +100
In addition, you can expect the U.S. to score the first goal in this game. They have a stronger, hungrier team than Iran that got very lucky to score two goals against Wales past the 90th minute of regulation time. A red card allowed them to take advantage of more than 10 minutes of stoppage time and score two goals to beat Wales. Against the U.S., Iran won’t have it easy. They certainly will not score the first goal in this game because we will.
The Pick: USA to Score the First Goal, -150
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