The Dragons started their campaign with a 1-1 draw against USA on Monday, while Iran suffered a disappointing 6-2 defeat against England, on the same day.
Wales and Iran will play each other in a Group B fixture of the 2022 FIFA WOrld Cup at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on Friday afternoon. The Dragons started their campaign with a 1-1 draw against USA on Monday, while Iran suffered a disappointing 6-2 defeat against England, on the same day. The defeat has left Iran languishing at the bottom of the group with zero points to their name, while Wales are occupying second position, having secured a solitary point. Asian outfit would be desperate to secure a victory on Friday in order to keep their chances of going through to the last-16 alive. Meanwhile, for Wales their final group-game is against heavy weights England, therefore head coach Rob Page will be aiming to secure all three points against Team Melli.
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On Monday, at Al Rayyan Stadium , Wales went behind through Timothy Weah’s 36th-minute strike. Both side’s particularly played in a manner where they were settling for a point and the Dragons were fortunate to be in the contest come the half-time whistle. Although Gareth Bale wasn’t at his usual best, the former Real Madrid-man’s 82nd-minute strike from 12 yards put Wales in a position where their fate will be in their own hands if they can defeat Iran. Meanwhile, the result extended Wales’ winless run to six games across all competitions.
Iran, on the other hand, were simply outclassed by England in their previous match. The Three Lions scored six times courtesy of a brace from Bukayo Saka, and one goal each from jude Bellingham, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish. Meanwhile, Team Melli netted two consolation goals courtesy of a double from Mehdi Taremi. Carlos Queiroz’s side are capable of turning their fortunes and putting their best step forward in their remaining two group-games.
Wales Page might be tempted to start with Kieffer Moore up front, as the big striker came off the bench to make an impact against the USA. The 30-year-old is pretty good in the air and has the ability to hold up play. Ethan Ampadi suffered an ankle knock in the last match and is being monitored carefully. As for Iran, goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand won’t be available for Friday’s game because of concussion protocols after suffering a head injury against England. Therefore Hossein Hosseini is expected to start in goal.
Wales probable starting lineup: Hennessey, Mepham, Rodon, Davies, Roberts, Ramsey, Ampadu, Williams, James, Bale, Moore
Iran probable starting lineup: H. Hosseini, Moharrami, Pouraliganji, Cheshmi, M Hosseini, Mohammadi, Jahanbakhsh, Noorallahi, Karimi, Gholizadeh, Taremi
The FIFA World Cup match between Wales and Iran will take place at Ahmed bin Ali stadium on Friday at 3:30 pm IST.
|Wales vs Iran||Key details|
|Venue||Ahmed bin Ali stadium|
|Kickoff time in Wales||10:00 am|
|Kickoff time in Iran||1:30 pm|
The FIFA World Cup in Qatar can be seen on Sports18 – 1 SD & HD – in India. Sports 18 will be telecasting the games on the regular and HD Channels. Besides, Viacom18 Sports announced that JioCinema will live-stream all the World Cup games. Besides, the match between Wales and Iran can be seen on S4C, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Sport Web, Talk Sport Radio UK and BBC One in the UK; and the beIN Sports network in Iran.