One of the bookmakers’ favourites of winning the Qatar World Cup 2022, England, will get their campaign underway on November 21 in the Khalifa International Stadium.
Their opponents will be Iran, who have become something of a regular at the World Cup with four appearances in the last six editions of the tournament.
This England vs Iran contest pits the fifth best team in the world, according to FIFA’s rankings, against the 23rd, so it might not be the walkover for the Three Lions that many are expecting.
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High Expectations for England
Having reached the final of the rescheduled Euro 2020 last summer, the expectations of England supporters are that now is the time for Gareth Southgate’s men.
They went down in a penalty shootout to Italy on that fateful day, but once the dust had settled on that disappointment, many now see that the Three Lions are very much contenders to win Qatar 2022.
This is a squad of players drawn almost exclusively from the Premier League, which is the best division in Europe according to UEFA’s coefficient, and so really they ought to beat Iran.
England achieved the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification with ease, remaining unbeaten throughout their ten-game campaign and racking up eight victories along the way. They were led by the goals of Harry Kane:
It’s been 56 years since England last won the World Cup, and while the heat of Qatar is not exactly ideal for their squad of players, this could be their best chance in years to get their hands on the famous trophy.
Opportunity Knocks in FIFA World Cup 2022 Group B?
Iran are regular fixtures at the World Cup these days, but they are yet to progress to the knockout stage of the tournament in nearly 50 years of trying.
Maybe this could be their year? FIFA World Cup 2022 Group B pits them against England, Wales and the USA, and Iran head coach Dragan Skocic will be hoping that they can accumulate enough points to clinch one of the top two berths in the group.
They win plenty of games – hence their excellent FIFA ranking, but we have to be realistic and remember that the AFC section of FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers is somewhat easier than those in other regions.
Still, Iran won eight of their ten qualification games in the third round of the AFC competition, automatically booking their place in Qatar.
They were indebted to the goals of:
Those three players ply their club trade with PSV, FC Porto and Bayer Leverkusen respectively, so they clearly have plenty of quality. Iran will be relying on them to deliver the goals that take their team to unrivalled highs at World Cup 2022.
Betting Tips and Odds on England vs Iran in FIFA World Cup 2022 Group B
The key Qatar 2022 dates are these opening round fixtures – victory straight out of the gate gives a team plenty of margin for error in their group, whereas a draw or a defeat leaves them playing catch up on borrowed time.
England will expect to win this game and the bookmakers are predicting that they will too, with odds of 1/3 making the Three Lions one of the hottest favourites of the group stage.
The heat could have an impact upon England vs Iran too, and you wouldn’t expect this to be a high octane, rock and roll game of football if the mercury hits 30˚C as it can in Qatar in November – that may change how much goalmouth action (and thus goals) there are in this contest.
You can find out how the players cope first-hand, with this game broadcast live in the UK on BBC One.
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