Morocco vs Iran
World Cup, first round in Group B
Morocco and Iran are both clear underdogs in this group. Neither of them should be too big threat for other two teams, Spain and Portugal. Still, Morocco and Iran would be looking for possible surprise and if one of them start with three points today, clearly would increase its chances to qualify.
But I really don't see this game as some too open match where both sides will go for a win at all cost. What more, quite the opposite. IMO this is going to be one cautious approach from both teams, especially early in the match.
That being said, I don't see early goals here and my bet will be Halftime Draw.
If there is some team which is great for such bets or for Under bets, then it's Iran.
In the qualifications Iran has conceded only 3 goals in the first stage (8 games). We can question quality of those opponents but in second stage and much tougher competition, Iran has finished on the top of its group with 6-4-0 record in ten games and with 10:2 goals difference. So, 0:0, 1:0 were the most common results when this team is in question. Also, 0:0 at halftime almost regular outcome.
Of course now at WC the competition is even more tougher so we can't expect such results to be repeated. But IMO we can expect it in meeting with Morocco cause these two opponents are pretty balanced when quality is in question.
I have watched Morocco recently when they faced Serbia. Morocco has won back then and it was surprisingly plenty of early goals in that match. But, friendly is complete different story from official match. Plus, back then there was some funny early penalty for Morocco that only referee saw, penalty that completely changed the pace of that game.
When Morocco played serious games like in the final stage of the African zone WC qualifications, those were similar games like those of Iran's. Namely in its group Morocco had 3-3-0 record and didn't concede single goal during those qualifications.
I see today's match as very very tough where defenses on both sides will be in the main roles.
The odds for halftime X as well fulltime X dropped a lot. So, who wants better value could try with 0:0 at halftime instead of X halftime.
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Morocco vs Iran prediction
|Halftime X||Pinnacle||1.87||8||0-0 WON (+6.96 units)|