World Cup Gp B 4:00pm Friday 15th June Krestovsky Stadium
Morocco take on Iran in Group B of the 2018 World Cup with both countries aiming to get their first world cup three points at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.
Spain and Portugal take up the other spots in the group, leaving Morocco coach Herve Renard and Iran’s Carlos Queiroz both knowing that three points are likely to be crucial should they want to muster any sort of serious challenge for second spot.
Morocco were the only team not to concede a single goal in the third round of African qualifying, while Iran kept nine straight clean sheets in AFC qualification, letting in just two during their final game against Syria.
Iran striker Alireza Jahanbakhsh finished as last season’s Eredivisie top scorer with 21 goals for AZ Alkmaar. Morocco playmaker Hakim Ziyech – who plays his club football for Ajax – contributed the most assists in the Dutch league with 21.
This tournament represents Morocco’s fifth appearance at a World Cup and the country have only been able to progress from the opening stages once in their history, reaching the last 16 in 1986 before suffering defeat to West Germany
Iran’s main ambition will be to secure only their second victory in the history of the tournament. Iran’s first and last win in the competition came in extraordinary circumstances when Team Melli infamously beat the United States in France 20 years ago.
- Head to head
Morocco and Iran have never faced each other in an official competitive match.
- Team news
Iran will be without the suspended Saeid Ezatolahi, while there are fitness doubts surrounding Mehdi Taremi and Askhan Dejagah.
Morocco will be hoping Nabil Dirar is passed fit. Dirar missed Morocco’s last two friendlies against Slovakia and Estonia due to a calf injury.
- Morocco possible starting lineup:
Mohamedi; Amrabat, Benatia, Saiss, Hakimi; Boussoufa, Ahmadi; Harit, Belhanda, Ziyech; Kaabi
- Iran possible starting lineup:
Beiranvand; Rezaeian, Cheshmi, Pouraliganji, Mohammadi; Safi, Shojaei; Jahanbakhsh, Ansarifard, Taremi; Azmoun
- 360nobs Prediction
Morocco 1 Vs 1 Iran