2022 World Cup Preview: Wales vs Iran

Iran will seek to respond to their humiliating defeat from their opening game as they lock horns with Wales at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium on Friday, November 25. The match begins at 10:00GMT

Carlos Queiroz’s men failed to activate their defensive trademark when they played England last Monday. Despite scoring twice in a game for the first time in; four games, it was England who had the lion’s share of numbers with a 6-2 victory.

Wales on the other hand had to come from behind to tie their game against USA on Monday night through Gareth Bale’s spot kick. In what happens to be their first World Cup game in 64 years, Wales may gave gotten the best result in that draw. However, they would relish the chance of continuing what England did to Team Meli a few days ago.

FORM GUIDE (LAST FIVE MATCHES)

The Welsh may have won a point against USA in their group opener but their previous matches haven’t produced a win. Iran have also conceded in goals in each of their last five games including the defeat to England.

WALES

21 November 2022         USA                 1-1            Wales               FIFA World Cup

25 September 2022         Wales              0–1          Poland               Nations League

22 September 2022         Belgium          2–1           Wales                Nations League

14 June 2022                   Netherlands   3–2             Wales              Nations League

11 June 2022                   Wales          1–1               Belgium           Nations League

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IRAN

21 November 2022      England         6–2         Iran                  FIFA World Cup

10 November 2022      Iran              1–0         Nicaragua           Friendly

27 September 2022     Iran              1–1         Senegal              Friendly

23 September 2022     Uruguay        0–1         Iran                    Friendly

12 June 2022                Iran            1–2         Algeria                 Friendly

 

HEAD TO HEAD

Iran is playing Wales for the second time after the two sides met in 1978.

18 Apr 1978              Iran           0-1        Wales               International Friendly

TEAM NEWS

WALES

Joe Allen may be the only major doubt as the midfielder works to fully recuperate in time for Wale’s remaining games. Kieffer Moore seems to have won the heart of Rob Page during their match with the USA and is likely to start

 

PREDICTED LINEUP

(3-4-3): Hennessey; Mepham, Rodon, Davies; Roberts, Ramsey, Morrell, Williams; James, Bale; Moore

IRAN

Sardar Azmoun may start from the bench once more as he patiently recovers from injury. Taremi is expected to lead the attack while keeper Hossein Hosseini makes the cut.

PREDICTED LINEUP

(4-5-1): H. Hosseini; Moharrami, Pouraliganji, Cheshmi, M. Hosseini, Mohammadi; Jakanbakhsh, Noorollahi, Karimi, Gholizadeh; Taremi