In Group B action, Wales (0 wins, 0 losses, 1 draw) and Iran (0-1-0) open Friday’s World Cup action with kickoff from Ahmad bin Ali Stadium set for 5 a.m. ET (FS1). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Wales vs. Iran odds, and make our best World Cup bets, picks and predictions.
Wales’ World Cup opener vs. USA ended in a 1-1 draw Monday as F Gareth Bale scored from the penalty spot late in the 2nd half. Wales had 41% of possession but held USA to just 1 shot on target.
Wales has the 2nd-best odds to win Group B at +900, behind England at -699.
Iran lost 6-2 vs. England in its World Cup opener Monday. F Mehdi Taremi scored both goals for Iran, including a stoppage-time penalty. Iran had just 22% of possession and 3 shots on target.
Iran has the worst odds to win Group B at +10000 (bet $100 to win $10,000).
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Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated Thursday at 2:15 p.m. ET.Moneyline: Wales +110 (bet $100 to win $110) | Iran +300 (bet $100 to win $300) | Draw +220 Over/Under: 2.5 (O: +145 | U: -170)
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Wales 1, Iran 1Moneyline (ML)
BET DRAW (+220).
Wales has the more talented squad, but Iran should bounce back defensively after allowing England to tie its record for most goals in a FIFA World Cup match (6). I don’t like Iran to win, but a low-scoring, physical match should help Iran earn an important point in Group B.Over/Under (O/U)
BET UNDER 2.5 (-170).
After allowing 6 goals vs. England Monday, Iran should tighten up defensively to avoid another embarrassing loss. While USA is a tougher opponent than Iran, I expect this match to be low scoring and look very similar to Wales’ World Cup opener Monday.
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