USA, Iran, continues to keep their hopes alive

USA, Iran, continues to keep their hopes alive

USA and Iran meets in a crucial group match as only one of these two teams can enter the knockout stage, depending on the result of this match. As this is their only hope for the knockout stage, expect an intense and competitive game. Both teams cannot afford to lose, as losing means losing their spot in the knockout stage as well. For USA, if they lose, they lose their spot as well. As for Iran, their situation is more complicated although a win or a draw will keep them in the campaign. This crucial match will be held on November 30, 2022, at 12:00 AM (GMT+8).

This will only be the third meeting between Iran and USA, but on those two previous matches, USA remains winless against Iran. They first met in the 1998 World Cup where Iran picked up a 2-1 win. Two years after, they meet again but that game ended in a 1-1 draw in the Friendlies. Before their campaign in the World Cup, these two teams have a different journey when across all competitions. USA last won a match in June with a 5-0 win against Grenada, but they are now winless in their last five matches across all competitions. As for Iran, they are actually having a quite a good game. From their last 16 matches, they were unbeaten in 14 of them, winning 13 and drawing one.

USA remains hopeful for a secured spot

World Cup: USA
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During their last meeting against England, they held a goalless draw against their opponent. This result is actually quite disappointing as they are dominant all throughout the game, despite being against one of the title favorites. During their opener, they also had a 1-1 draw against Wales, so they remain winless in the World Cup. Luckily for them, their draws are enough to give them a chance to be in the knockout stage. A win means securing a spot, but a loss means saying goodbye to their hopes for the title. Since a win is their only hopes for the title, they need to be the best they can be in order to win this match.

In addition to this team’s luck, there are no fresh injuries or any concern in this match, so their squad is full force for their campaign in the knockout round.

Iran holds on their hopes for their spot in the knockout stage

World Cup: Iran
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Iran thanked their victory against Wales in their last meeting as it gives them hopes for the knockout stage spot. It was a 2-0 victory that keep Iran’s campaign in the World Cup up and running. If it was not for that victory, they already bid their goodbye in their campaign after a frustrating defeat against England. England had a comfortable win against them with a score of 6-2. If they are able to win in this game, they can finally reach the knockout stage for the first time ever in their history.

It is unfortunate for Iran as they will be without Alireza Jahanbakhsh in this match after receiving a second yellow card. He is serving his suspension when his squad meets USA.

Prediction:

USA (1.0)
Odds: 0.90

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