Make no bones about it: but for a couple of freak occurrences and the kind of performance that only Cristiano Ronaldo can produce, Spain would have trounced Portugal in their opening clash. As such, they will be full of confidence ahead of their meeting with Group B surprise package Iran, who proudly sit astride the table after one game. Let’s take a look at our Spain vs Iran betting tips to see how we see this one panning out.
The Spaniards dominated every measure of performance against Portugal apart from the one that matters: scoring more goals than your opponents.
But even then, we can make a case for their defence. Ronaldo scored a hat-trick consisting of:
- A fairly controversial penalty, certainly one you’ve seen not given in the past
- A David de Gea error; they don’t come along all that often
- A wonder strike from a free kick; again, a goal of low likelihood
So actually, we can say with some confidence that Spain deserved to win; especially seeing as though they hit the woodwork too.
Iran’s win over Morocco was rather more complex. They were on the back foot for much of it, won fewer corners, managed fewer shots on target and required a 95th minute own goal from Aziz Bouhaddouz, who curiously headed into his own net despite having nobody near him at the time.
That said, we’re not going to begrudge them the three points they worked so hard for.
But you sense they are going to have their work cut out keeping Spain at bay on Wednesday evening, so how can punters prosper? Let our Spain vs Iran betting tips show the way…
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Spain vs Iran Betting Tips
You don’t need to be a genius to work out how this match is going to pan out.
Spain are going to enjoy the vast majority of possession – it could be 75% or more – and that will make the job of the Iranian players so much more difficult. They will be doing a lot of running – chasing shadows at times – and on a warm evening in Kazan that will be very hard work indeed.
The Spanish players will employ their usual short passing game, but with Iran offering little going forward they will have red shirts bombing forward from all angles. The link-up between Isco and Andres Iniesta down the left-hand side could be particularly problematic for the Iranians.
The bookmakers have Spain installed as a 1/5 favourite – Iran are a fanciful 20/1 – and really our task with these Spain vs Iran betting tips is to work out how we can back Spain at the best price.
William Hill have the Spaniards at 4/7 with a -1 Handicap, and we expect Spain to win this match by at least two goals.
Spain vs Iran Betting Tips: Side Markets
As mentioned, when we are looking at such one-sided matches it can be hard to find betting value, but we reckon we might just have stumbled upon something with NetBet.
Against Morocco, Iran lost the corner count 2-5. Spain won their corner count against Portugal 5-4. Remember, Spain will dominate possession here and have plenty of the ball in wide areas; corners typically follow.
By that logic, Spain with a -4 corner handicap looks unmissable at 10/17 with NetBet.