Remarkably, Iran can knock Portugal out of World Cup 2018 by beating them in Saransk on Monday. That would not go down too well with Cristiano Ronaldo! So can the Iranians do it? Let’s take a look with our Portugal vs Iran betting tips.
The European champions have completely flattered to deceive in this tournament, and while it’s a pointless question to some extent where would they be without the talents of Ronaldo, who has notched all four of their goals thus far.
Many will be quick to write Iran off here, but they kept a clean sheet against Morocco and lost to a solitary, fortuitous Diego Costa goal against Spain.
Carlos Quieroz’s men won’t reinvent the wheel – they will still defend in numbers, man mark CR7 and look to nick a goal on the break, but it’s not beyond the pale that they might achieve the unthinkable.
So, Group B comes down to this game….let’s see if our Portugal vs Iran betting tips can uncover some value.
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Portugal vs Iran Betting Tips
This Portugal outfit is as close to a one-man team as you are ever likely to see. Even Ronaldo’s support acts – Bernardo Silva, Goncalo Guedes and Joao Mario – have failed to fire, leaving the Real Madrid man with the weight of a nation’s hopes on his shoulders once more.
You suspect that’s just how he likes it….
The worry here is Iran’s ability to put the ball in the net. They have fashioned just two shots on target in 180 minutes of football, earned just four corners, and we do wonder if they can really trouble the Portuguese here.
But they will need to come out of their shells at some point to get that all-important goal, and that is when Portugal will prosper.
The European champions have been poor thus far, and there is very little about them to suggest that they can enjoy a lengthy run in this tournament. What happens if Ronaldo has an off day?
But they should have just about enough to see off Iran here, and the 4/6 available with William Hill is worth backing.
Portugal vs Iran Betting Tips: Side Markets
There is little chance of this descending into a barn-burner, even with plenty at stake.
It’s just not in Iran’s nature to attack with abandon, while you wonder where Portugal’s goals come from if Ronaldo is unable to find the net.
So let’s take the Under 2.5 Goals line at 10/19 with NetBet, as the laws of probability suggest that is the most likely outcome.