In the second Group B match Iran will face Spain at the Kazan Arena tonight at 11:30pm IST. Before their match Group B’s Portugal will be battling it out with Morocco.
With their earlier draw against Portugal with 3-3 the Spaniards will be looking for a win this time against Iran in tonight’s match. In the first match Spain managed to score 3 goals against a team with Ronaldo in it – Portugal, but on the other hand the Iranians have not scored any goals in their previous match against Morocco as the Moroccan forward had scored in his own goal, the win may have gone in their favor and they might have got full points but no player of Iran have managed to score in the tournament till now. The Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea will be on focus as earlier he made a mistake on his part which allowed the Portugal star Ronaldo to score his second goal, and earlier in their friendly match against Switzerland his mistake cost Spain a goal. But nonetheless the 2010 FIFA World Champions showed us some serious attacking form in their last game and fortunately we will be seeing their great form and solid attack line against Iran as they stomp the Kazan Arena. Spain’s attack will be led by Diego Costa who was on fire in the last game, along with Costa, Isco and David Silva will be partnering him as they attack the Iranian defenses.
Even though Iran won against Moracco and are on the top of Group B’s points table but their offensive power is weak and if its the same as the last game then it won’t work against the Spain whose midfield and defense are on point. Iran’s coach Carlos Queiroz will have to make some changes in the team if he wishes to stop the oncoming attacks from the Spaniards. The Asian giants’ goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand will have to be focused and stay on his toes in order to stop Spain’s advances, along with the goalkeeper the defenders which comprise of Ramin Rezaeian, Rouzbeh Cheshmi, Morteza Pouraliganji and Ehsan Hajsafi will also be needing to stand their ground.
Today’s prediction will go completely in Spain’s favor. And we will be looking at a score of 3-0 or 3-1 with Spain winning the game with either 2 or 3 points difference. Their previous form was excellent and they might have won the game against Portugal in the absence of Ronaldo. Now that they had a week to practice they will be ready to take on Iran and win the game and move forward into the competition.
Spain’s Predicted XI (4-3-3): de Gea; Nacho, Ramos, Pique, Alba; Koke, Busquets, Iniesta; Isco, Costa, Silva.
Iran’s Predicted XI (4-1-4-1): Beiranvand; Rezaeian, Cheshmi, Pouraliganji, Hajsafi; Ebrahimi; Ansarifard, Amiri, Shojaei, Jahanbaksh; Azmoun.