Wales vs Iran: Possible Game Plan, Formation and Lineups

The Dragons had come from behind to secure a 1-1 draw against USA in their previous match on Monday, while Iran got thrashed 6-2 by England on the same day.

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By Sreejith C R | Nov 25, 2022 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Wales will lock horns against Iran in a Group B fixture of the 2022 FIFA World Cup at Ahmed bin ali Stadium on Friday afternoon. The Dragons had come from behind to secure a 1-1 draw against USA in their previous match on Monday, while Iran got thrashed 6-2 by England on the same day. Iran boss Carlos Queiroz got his defensive tactics absolutely wrong against the three Lions and he would be desperate to turn the fortunes of the team in order to keep their hopes of qualification to the last-16 stage alive. Meanwhile, a victory for Wales could take them a pivotal step towards qualification for the World Cup knockout stages. 

Game Plan

Wales and USA played in a manner where they were settling for a point on Monday. Robert Page’s side were clearly the second best side in the first half and the attacking-duo of Gareth Bale and Daniel James failed to make an impact. However, after the break, the introduction of Kieffer Moore made an impact as the big striker gave a tough time to the opposition defenders. The 30-year-old is likely to come into the playing eleven against Iran, in place of James, and that could lead to a slight change in Wales’ tactics. The Dragons could resort to long ball strategy as Moore is capable of holding up play and that would allow Bale to operate around him. The Bournemouth-man is a physically imposing and nuisance in the opposition box. 

Iran, on the other hand, got their tactics wrong against England as they sat back and allowed the Three Lions to dictate the play at the Khalifa international stadium. Queiroz is an experienced coach and the Portuguese  tactician is likely to change his plan’s against a Wales side who are winless in their last six outings across all competitions. Mehdi Taremi, who netted a double against England is going to be the key man for the Asian outfit. Team Melli could switch to a 4-3-3 formation against Wales after opting for a 5-4-1 against england. Taremi is likely to spearhead the attack, with Jakanbakhsh and Sardar Azmoun as support. Taremi and Azmoun might switch positions as both are typical central strikers. 

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Possible Lineups

Wales midfielder 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. Meanwhile former Bayer Leverkusen player Azmoun, who has 45 international goals to his name might come into the playing eleven.  

Wales probable starting lineup (4-4-2): Hennessey, Mepham, Rodon, Davies, Roberts, Ramsey, Ampadu, Williams, James, Bale, Moore

Iran probable starting lineup (4-3-3): Hosseini, Moharrami, Pouraliganji, M Hosseini, Mohammadi, Nourallahi, Ezatolahi, Hajsafi, Jahanbakhsh, Taremi, Azmoun

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