World Cup Group B is hotting up, with every team still needing something to make sure that they qualify. See Last Word on Football’s predictions and the best odds available for USA vs Iran, as Gregg Berhalter needs a win to be sure of qualification.
USA vs Iran – Predictions and Best Odds
USA Current Run of Form
The USA are in a complex position at the moment. An up-and-down run of form prior to the World Cup is continuing into the World Cup, with a draw against Wales showing real quality in the first-half before a severe drop in the second, dropping two points to a late penalty from Gareth Bale.
Playing against England revealed both the strengths and weaknesses of this USA side. The USMNT looked incredibly strong throughout and threatened Jordan Pickford several times, but a lack of quality at the top of the pitch showed in what turned out to be a goalless draw.
Iran Current Run of Form
Iran’s form is frankly baffling. The first match of the tournament saw the Persian side dismantled in a 6-2 hammering that could have been worse if not for some questionable VAR decisions. They followed this with an impressive performance against Wales, but one in which the only breakthrough came after an incredible moment of madness that saw Wayne Hennessey kick an Iranian forward in the head. Iran don’t look great, providing a good opportunity for the USA.
What USA Need to Qualify
The only scenario in which the USMNT qualify for the next stage of the World Cup is with a win. No matter what happens, if Gregg Berhalter’s side win against Iran they qualify for the round of sixteen. Winning the group isn’t a scenario that looks likely, with a win by five goals necessary to overtake England.
USA vs Iran Prediction
Based on the results so far in this group, the USA should be okay against Iran. The Iranian side struggles to break down an organised defence, and with Tyler Adams providing an incredible screen for the backline a USMNT victory feels like it’s on the cards. Expect to see the USA up against the Group A winners at the end of the week.
Current Odds: USA vs Iran
The USA are by far the favourites at evens for a win.
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