Updated: Nov 14, 2022
Iran has for a long period of its history been absent from competing in the World Cup finals.
A nation that wasn’t originally too heavily focused on football has gradually adopted the world’s favourite sport and become a force to reckon with the Middle Eastern region.
Now rated as the 20th best football country in the world by FIFA, Iran has qualified for three World Cups in a row – the fourth, fifth, and sixth in their history – and they continue on an upwards path of development.
Mehdi Taremi and Alireza Jahanbakhsh are standouts in a very attacking-orientated squad, dominated by quick wingers and strikers that will be looking to undermine the bigger teams in their group.
They are in Group B with England, the United States and Wales and though they aren’t favourites to escape, they certainly have the capability to cause some trouble.
Iran Team Odds To Win World Cup
Iran is 500/1 (+50000) to win the World Cup.
Not given the best odds of winning in their opening game of the tournament, Iran has unsurprisingly been backed to lose to England and are 11/1 (+1100) – original odds: 9/1 (+900) – to claim victory or 15/4 (+375) – original odds: 4/1 (+400) – to draw.
Coming up against England, the United States and Wales, they haven’t been given the best chance of winning Group B at 16/1 (+1600), leaving them as the rank outsiders in the pool.
An appearance in the knockout stages for the first time in their history and qualifying from their group is not completely out of the question for Iran, but at 3/1 (+300), they are again the least fancied team to do so.
If you think they can upset the odds and make history, they are then 11/1 (+1100) – original odds: 15/2 (+750) – to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament.
How To Bet On Irani Team In Qatar
You may have decided which bet you want to put on Iran already, but it should be noted that there are hundreds of betting options to choose from when deciding what to put your money on during the World Cup.
It is also worth remembering that odds change all the time, team and player form dip and injuries can unpredictably occur.
A smart bettor will take the time to review all of their options beforehand and evaluate what seems like the best option at the time, as it’s all about choosing the right bet at the right time.
Below we’ve run through some key bets to watch out for to help you maximise your chances of winning a bet this winter.
Player Prop Bets
One of the options you could pick is a player prop bet. This is a bet on an individual player’s performance and will be determined by what they do during a match.
A player prop bet on Mehdi Taremi, for example, might involve Taremi to score a brace against the United States.
Team Prop Bets
A team props bet is similar to a player prop bet but is based on a team’s performance during a match, rather than an individual player’s display.
An example of this would be Iran getting on the scoresheet during their opening fixture against England. The outcome of the bet would then come down to whether or not Iran were able to find the back of the net.
An Asian handicap bet means that one team during a match effectively has a head start after the handicap is applied. It gives that side a virtual advantage and also removes the eventuality of a draw.
For example, when Iran plays England at the World Cup, England will be favourites so the handicap might be two and a half goals in Iran’s favour.
England would have a handicap of -2.5 goals and Iran a handicap of +2.5 goals.
It would then be your choice on whether to place a bet on England to win the game with a -2.5 goal handicap or Iran to do the same with a +2.5 goal handicap.
If England could then only beat Iran 3-2 and you bet on them to win with the handicap, you would lose the bet as a win by one goal wouldn’t be enough for the Three Lions to cover the handicap.
A goal lines bet involves making a prediction of how many goals are going to be scored in a game.
With Mehdi Taremi in good form, it might be worth putting a bet on Iran to be involved in a World Cup game with multiple goals scored in it.
For example, you may predict Iran’s clash with England to feature five or more goals so placing a bet on over 4.5 goals to be scored over the 90 minutes would be a good option.
During the World Cup, a bookmaker may predict there to be a certain number of goals scored during an Iran game against England.
A totals bet gives you the freedom to then decide whether or not there will be more or fewer goals scored than the bookmaker’s prediction.
It allows you to bet on over or under the total number of goals predicted to be scored, which in this instance might be four goals.
How To Sign Up At Sportsbook & Place A Bet On Iran
You may now have a good idea of what bets you want to put on Iran at this winter’s World Cup in Qatar.
Before that can happens, though, you must sign up with an online bookmaker.
Once you’ve done this you can then start choosing the types of bets you want to make, accept special offers, and take up any sign-up promotions, before then placing any bets.
If Mehdi Taremi to score first for Iran against England is your preferred market, here are the correct steps to follow when getting ready to place your bet.
- Find the bet you want to place and add it to your betting slip.
- Work out how much money you want to wager and input it in the relevant area.
- Ensure you have the right amount of money in your betting account before making the bet.
- Then hit ‘place bet’ or similar once you have deposited the right amount of money.
- Make sure to keep referring to your betting slip throughout the match as there may be an option to cash-out from your bookmaker.
Iran Team Overview For Qatar
Iran is currently now ranked as the 20th best footballing nation in the world by FIFA and shares the table with the likes of Senegal and Sweden in 18th and 25th respectively.
This is the third World Cup they have qualified for in a row, and only the sixth in their history, but a team of quick and athletic players are proving that history doesn’t define the present, as they climb the ranks of the elite and look to challenge some strong sides this winter.
They will begin their Qatar campaign alongside the United States, England, and Wales in Group B.
Iran may be the outsiders but they have proven they can put in great performance games against top teams with a draw against Portugal in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
They have a strong team of high-scoring attackers who combined to score 34 goals in their qualifying campaign.
And though perhaps lacking compared to other teams in their group, Iran can certainly fancy their chances of causing an upset or two in Qatar this winter.
Key Football Players
At this year’s World Cup, Iran will field one of the strongest sides they have ever produced with the majority of the core of their first-choice team playing in top European leagues.
Strengths of the squad lie in the attacking and midfield positions, with their weaknesses arguably coming in their defence.
Iran has a series of talented strikers and wingers that are certainly capable of doing some damage against the bigger teams in Qatar.
Mehdi Taremi is the crown jewel of the Iranian team, a striker who moved to Porto in 2020 and scored 26 goals while assisting 17 in all competitions in the 2021/22 season.
Midfield is another strong point, with wingers Ali Gholizadeh of Charleroi and Feyenoord’s Alireza Jahanbakhsh supporting the strikers.
It is an attacking force that appears likely to supply goals.
A strong goalkeeper in Amir Abedzadeh is another key member of the Iran squad, though they are lacking bigger names in their defence, who could struggle against the better teams of their group if under pressure for prolonged periods of time.
Despite that perceived weakness in the team, Iran has shown a great togetherness over the course of the qualifiers which, if kept up over the opening fixtures in Qatar, could prove invaluable.
Bayer Leverkusen forward Sardar Azmoun is likely to be ruled out of some of the World Cup after tearing a muscle fibre in his calf, though there is still slim hope he could feature towards the latter stages of Iran’s group games.
Other than that, the majority of the Iran national team plays in Europe and will be part way through a busy season when the World Cup kicks off in November, so keep an eye out for any injuries.
Coaching & Technical Staff
Experienced manager Carlos Queiroz, who was Iran manager between 2011 and 2019 before picking up the reins again earlier this year, is the current Iran boss. The Portuguese coach also had stints as Manchester United assistant manager between 2002 and 2008, as well as a short period in charge of Real Madrid between 2003 and 2004.
Iran is known for their aggressive, attacking style of play with a focus on possession, though it remains to be seen if they’ll stick to that style against the likes of England this winter.
Iran Team Road To Qatar
Iran’s Asian qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup was very impressive. The Middle Eastern side won 14 out of their 18 qualifying games across two rounds, topping both of their groups.
They were also the highest-scoring team in both of their groups, scoring a whopping 49 goals across their 18 games.
Highlights of the campaign were a 10-0 and 14-0 demolishing of Cambodia in which Karim Ansarifard scored four in the latter fixture.
As a result, Iran head into the World Cup in Qatar near their all-time highest FIFA ranking of 15th as the 20th best team in the world.
A nation that in the 20th century was virtually non-existent at most major tournaments has experienced tremendous progress to inspire a population that has been becoming more and more encapsulated by the sport.
Iran’s World Cup History
Qualifying for their third World Cup in a row, Iran’s national team has gradually become a powerhouse in its Middle Eastern region and now boasts a squad capable of threatening some of the world’s better teams.
Iran didn’t feature in many World Cup tournaments up until the 2000s, only qualifying for the 1978 and 1998 editions, but they have since developed into a side worthy of the elite stage more frequently.
Making it to the 2006, 2014, and 2018 World Cups, Iran have qualified again for the 2022 edition and will aim for the first time to escape their group and progress to the coveted knockout stages.
While Iran has never made it out of the group stage in the five times they have participated in the tournament, promisingly their highest points tally achieved was at 2018’s World Cup in Russia.
They won, drew, and lost one game each, scoring two and conceding two.
Perhaps a slightly more fortunate group draw would have seen more success, with Portugal and Spain the two sides that qualified from the pool.
Football has been growing in popularity in Iran in recent years with the national team also growing in presence on the international stage.
Now competing regularly with some of the best footballing nations in the world, Iran has grown into a modern-day World Cup regular. Iran’s fans have followed suit with the popularity of the game heavily increasing across the country.
Not too far from Qatar, Iran will bring shed loads of supporters and expect them to make some noise.
Their third World Cup in a row, the Iranian fans are getting used to major tournaments and will do everything to make themselves heard.