Morocco v Iran One of Closest Match-Ups of Opening Group Stage Games

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Morocco play Iran in one of the opening matches of the World Cup 2018, Russia.  This is a Group B matchup.  Bet on it!One of the closest games of the group stage games is expected to be the Group B clash between Morocco and Iran. Neither team is expected to do much in the tournament, though both sides will desperately be looking for a way to increase their chances of making it out of Group B.

Group B is one of the "groups of death", as it features both Spain (one of the favourites to win the entire tournament) and Portugal (defending Euro champions, Cristiano Ronaldo). In order to make it through Group B, Morocco or Iran will need to finish with more points than one of these two teams, which seems like a quite deal to ask for.

Morocco, which has hopes of hosting the 2026 World Cup, qualified for the tournament in Russia on November 11th, 2017 after winning the CAF Third Round Group C. Iran, on the other hand, qualified months before after winning AFC Third Round Group A.

For both Morocco and Iran, this will be their fifth time participating in the World Cup - Iran's last appearance came in 2014 (when they famously missed out on a draw against Lionel Messi and Argentina), while Morocco's last appearance was all the way back in 1998.

Morocco has a decent amount of talent on their team with players that are active in some of the best leagues across the world. Medhi Benatia, the team captain, plays for Juventus, while the young Achraf Hakimi plays for Real Madrid. Morocco has a good mix of youth and experience on their side.

Iran doesn't have quite that level of talent on their side, with a number of their players participating in the Persian Gulf Pro League.

Iran and Morocco play at the Saint Petersburg Stadium at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.  Preview, odds and betting tips.  Arena illustration.

Morocco has the edge to win this match, though neither team is better than a coin flip to win. Here are the betting odds as of this moment, courtesy of Bet365:

Source: Bet365
Time Stamp: June 10th, 2018 11:38 am EST
Odds Subject to Change

Morocco, 2.2
Draw, 2.9
Iran, 3.75

Draw No Bet

Morocco, 1.53
Iran, 2.37

Correct Score (Top Five Choices)

Morocco 1-0, 5.5
Draw 0-0, 6.0
Draw 1-1, 6.0
Iran 1-0, 7.5
Morocco 2-0, 9.0

Over 1.5 Goals, 1.57
Under 1.5 Goals, 2.25


While this match may not attract the interest of say, Portugal vs Spain, it should be a very close and emotional contest as both teams desperately want to make some noise in Group B.

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