Iran v Nigeria Betting

2014 World Cup - Group F
16th June - KO: 8pm BST -
Curitiba

Iran and Nigeria meet for the first time in their history in one of the opening games of Group F. The teams clash in Curitiba on the fifth day - Monday 16th June 2013 - of the 2018 World Cup. Both countries will be desperate to start with a win in order to have any chance of making it through to the knockout-stages, as daunting games against Argentina and Bosnia are next in the pipeline.

Iran have failied to make it pass the group stages in three appearances at the World Cup, recording just one victory in nine.The Persian outfit are managed by the former Manchester United assistant Carlos Queiroz who led them to top spot in what proved to be a successful qualifying campaign, which included back-to-back victories over South Korea.

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Iran's defence was resilient during qualification - conceding just twice in eight matches - however they may not be so strong against the likes of free-scoring Argentina and Bosnia. A victory is the aim on Wednesday, and they stand the best chance of that against Nigeria, although it will still come as a shock if they grab all three points in Curitiba.

Reigning African champions Nigeria eased through qualifying to advance through to their fifth World Cup Finals. They look an impressive outfit under boss Stephen Keshi who can take a huge amount of credit for their transformation in the last two years. The Super Eagles are the favourites to win the opening match and if they are to have any chance of finishing in the top two they simply need to beat Iran, which will then give them confidence for their difficult games against Bosnia and Argentina.

Iran | Nigeria

Monday 16th June
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Tips: Under 2.5 goals @ 4/9  
  Nigeria to win the match @ 5/4  
  Method of first goal to be a header @ 9/2  

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Head to Head

The Group Stage meeting in Brazil will be the first encounter between the teams.

Key Players

Javad Nekounam (Iran) - Iran will look to veteran skipper midfielder Javad Nekounam to inspire them in Brazil. The former Osasuna player is not too far off a staggering 150 caps for his country and netted a fair few important goals in the process, including six in qualifying.

Emmanuel Emenike (Nigeria) - Nigeria have a talented team who are capable of playing attractive football, particularly going forward they have a mixture of pace and power. Nigeria's Player of the Year, Emmanuel Emenike, is definitely a player to keep an eye on. In 2013 he was the African Cup of Nations top goalscorer and his goals will be crucial to his country's chances of progressing at the World Cup.

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Who will win the 2018 World Cup?
Germany
17%
Argentina
12%
Brazil
15%
Spain
6%
France
8%
Belgium
6%
England
8%
Portugal
6%
Uruguay
2%
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