Group B will kick off the 2022 World Cup with a showdown between England and Iran during the second day of action in Qatar.
The Three Lions enter the tournament as one of the top favorites to win it all, while Iran is looking to qualify past the group stage for the first time in their nation’s history.
Will England open their World Cup with a strong showing? Or will Team Melli play the role of spoiler during this Group B match?
Let’s look at current betting lines and identify the best bets for England vs Iran.
England vs Iran Odds
- 3-Way Handicap: England (-275) | Draw (+400) | Iran (+800)
- Draw No Bet: England (-1100) | Iran (+575)
- Over/Under Goals: Over 2.5 (-115) | Under 2.5 (-125)
- Both Teams To Score: Yes (+135) | No (-190)
England vs Iran odds are current as of Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. EST on BetMGM Sportsbook.
England opens as a massive favorite over Iran during the first round of group play with odds as high as -1100 in a Draw No Bet wager. Therefore, backing the Three Lions straight up will not lead to a worthwhile profit, with a draw looking like a possible early value.
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England vs Iran Prediction
England 2:0 Iran
Gareth Southgate and the Three Lions have struggled mightily to score goals in international competition this year. Even with attacking options such as Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling, England was still relegated from the UEFA Nations League due to their inability to find the back of the net consistently.
However, England enters the World Cup with one of the strongest defensive units in the tournament, even without Reece James (knee). Even if the Three Lions fall short of expectations, the Iranian offense will have a tough time penetrating the stacked defense from the English side, especially if Sardar Azmoun (calf) is unavailable.
England vs Iran Betting Tips
- This is the first meeting between England and Iran.
- England led World Cup qualifying with 39 goals.
- Iran scored the second-most goals in World Cup qualifying.
- England recently went 450 minutes (5 matches) without a goal from March-September.
England vs Iran Best Bets
England Wins & Under 2.5 Total Goals (+195) at BetMGM Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
The Qatar heat and defensive effort from the Three Lions should keep this a low-scoring affair. It would not be a surprise to see the English offense wake up against Iran, but the odds are stacked toward the Under.