World Cup betting picks: Best bets for Iran vs USA
Alex Buck makes his picks and predictions for Iran vs USA at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
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After a disappointing first performance and subsequent result against Wales in the opening game of the USMNT World Cup campaign, fans saw what appeared to be a totally different US team against England on Friday afternoon.
The USA currently have two points and sit third in Group B following back-to-back draws, and while they should be proud of their performance against a talented England team, the result does mean they have to win against Iran if they wish to progress.
Meanwhile, the Iranian national team stole a late win as Wales fell apart late in their game. The result catapulted Iran into second in the group with three points. While many teams still have multiple options in order to advance to the knockout phase of the tournament, including Iran, the Americans have no choice but to get the three points that come with victory. A draw in this game would send the USMNT home. Gregg Berhalter and his team find themselves playing knockout football one game earlier than they’d hoped.
This article analyses the USMNT World Cup odds vs Iran in the last round of Group B. There are also my favorite same game parlay world cup picks for the match.
Iran vs USA Odds
3-way handicap: Iran +1 (-130) | Draw -1 (+260) | USA -1 (+280)
Draw No Bet: Iran +165 | USA -235
Over/Under Goals: Over 2.5 (+120) | Under 2.5 (-155)
Double Chance: Iran or Tie –125 | Tie or USA –340 | USA or Iran -290
Both teams to score: Yes (-105), No (-115)
1st Goal: Iran +145 | No Goal +800 | USA -145
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The USA went into their second group game against England as a big underdog, but it was the USMNT that controlled the game for the majority. They did an excellent job of frustrating a very talented England team, who were on a high after scoring six goals in their previous game. The USA dominated the middle of the park with a high-energy performance, with their midfield players working so hard for the team both in and out of possession.
England were restricted to only three shots on target throughout the entirety of the game, and were unable to get behind the solid centre back pairing of Tim Ream and Walker Zimmerman. As those frustrations grew, the US team's counters proved dangerous. In terms of chance creation, Weston McKinnie had a great chance to take the lead that flashed over, before Christian Pulisic hit the crossbar with sweetly struck left-footed strike from the edge of the box. USA will be disappointed to have drawn the game given their overall domination and performance levels.
Looking forward to the game vs Iran on Tuesday, the USA will need to reproduce the same performance levels they showed against England, but will need to convert their chances this time round. Iran will know that USA need to play on the front foot as nothing less than a win is good enough to progress. Therefore, expect Iran to set up tactically with 11 men behind the ball, playing counter-attacking football.
The Iranian national team started out this World Cup tournament extremely disorganized and lacking confidence against an England side that fully capitalized on this. There was a complete turnaround vs Wales as they won 2-0, having 21 shots in the process despite only having 38 per cent of the ball. This gives the Iran team belief in the gameplan going into a massive fixture against the USMNT.
Iran has some great quality going forward. Porto striker Mehdi Taremi is one of their most dangerous threats and doesn’t need many opportunities to score. While they lost 6-2 in their game against England, Taremi scored two goals off very limited service. Sardar Azmoun is just as talented, playing his domestic football with Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga.
Ready for kick off, let’s look at my USA vs Iran free soccer World Cup picks and predictions.
Iran vs USA Predictions
The pendulum could swing dramatically in either direction in this game. It will be all decided by whichever team scores the first goal. If USA scores the first goal, they will force Iran onto the front foot when they suddenly need to score to stay in the tournament.
It’s crucial to USMNT’s chances of progression that they score the first goal and, with plenty of possession quite likely, they need to find a way to break through Iran's stubborn defensive set up and take their chances. Timothy Weah has scored their only goal of the tournament so far with a through ball from Christian Pulisic, and that’s exactly the kind of moment they need in this game.
Below are my free soccer same game parlay picks.
Iran vs USA Same Game Parlay Picks
The USA have the quality in their ranks to win this game and progress to the knockout stages of the tournament. They just need to show a sense of ruthlessness upfront, ensuring they don’t squander any clear-cut opportunities in front of goal.
This could be the game where Christian Pulisic makes his mark on the competition after coming so close against England, or perhaps Timothy Weah can step up again for the USA after having his first taste of World Cup glory against Wales.
Either way, I believe the USA can suffocate Iran with possession far better than Wales were able to. USA to win and progress to the knockout stages is the first of my picks.
The big moment in this game has Christian Pulisic’s name all over it. When the USA needs somebody to show up and control their fate, he’s the guy to do it. I would like to see him run at Iran with a little more intensity in this game and, knowing the importance of the result, that’s exactly what I expect to see.
A moment of magic from Pulisic to send the USA through to the knockouts stages seems to be written in the stars in this one. While I like Timothy Weah as a goalscoring option if he gets the right service, Pulisic led the USMNT in goals during their World Cup qualifying campaign, scoring five times in ten games. He is overdue on the main stage.
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With a draw enough for Iran to progress, don’t expect many goals in this fixture. Combined with Iran’s stubborn defensive set up, USA are not a high scoring outfit either and have only scored one goal in the tournament so far. While I expect them to get the breakthrough, it may come late, leaving Iran little time to react. Betting on the under makes a lot of sense.