England vs. Iran Bet Builder Tips: 16/1 double makes appeal for England's World Cup opener
Monday brings three World Cup matches with England facing Iran at 13:00. We’ve put together our best Bet Builder tips for the game in the form of a generous looking 16/1 double with bet365.
Gareth Southgate’s side have had less than a week to prepare for their first game of their group campaign after a hectic schedule of fixtures for his set of players. The heat may also be an issue with this being the only one of England’s Group B matches to be played at a 4:00pm (local time) kick-off time in contrast to the 10:00pm starts against USA and Wales which will be at a more comfortable temperature.
These conditions may favour Iran, with a slower tempo expected and bookmakers favouring a narrow win for England and the 1-0 correct score trading as short as 7/2 with some bookmakers.
Carlos Quieiroz is sure to have his Iran side well organised and they should not be overestimated with some strong attacking threats. One of those is Mehdi Taremi who has scored five goals in five appearances for Porto in the Champions League group stages along with six league goals in Portugal this season. The bookmakers make England the 1/3 favourites to kick things off with a win, the draw can be backed at 15/4, while Iran are around 10/1 with most firms.
England vs Iran Bet Builder Tips
We’ve picked out two selections that we think look good value in this game that England are expected to dominate, with the first of those being for Phil Foden to register Over 1.5 shots on target.
Phil Foden has scored seven goals in just 11 starts in the Premier League this season and has increased his output from 0.3 goals per 90 last season to 0.7 goals per 90 this campaign. With plenty of experience now under his belt both for club and country we expect Foden to shine in Qatar and looking back at his shooting data for Manchester City this season, he has cleared this line of Over 1.5 in four of his 11 starts. With this in mind 8/1 as a single simply looks too big with bet365, with the same single paying just 6/4 over at Paddy Power.
Paired with Foden to have Over 1.5 shots on target will be Kieran Trippier to have Over 0.5 shots, which take us up to a very backable 16/1. After all the talk about England’s right-backs and wing-backs over the last few months it looks like it will be Trippier who starts as the right-wing-back for the first game with Paddy Power 1/25 that he starts the game.
Many England fans will remember Kieran Trippier’s free-kick at the 2018 World Cup which gave England the lead against Croatia in the semi-final. We once again think the Newcastle man will be on free-kick duty, and with England expected to play three at the back there’s a strong chance we should see him in attacking areas. Iran will be hard to break down and with free-kicks in shooting positions a strong possibility we fancy Trippier to let off at least one shot. This same double pays just over 3/1 with Betfair and Paddy Power, so we’d certainly be recommending taking bet365’s offering of 16/1 here.
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