Place: Russia. Kazan. Kazan Arena.
Date: on the 20th of June, 2018 (Wednesday)
Match start: 19:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup, group B, 2nd round
Iran (the head coach Carlos Queiroz)
The famous Portuguese expert, the former coach of the Red and Greens at the World Cup 2010 in the Republic of South Africa Carlos Queiroz headed the national team of Iran in 2011. And for the second time in a row Don Carlos has brought his team into the final tournament of the World Cup. But, if four years ago in Brazil, having appeared in group F with Argentina (0:1), Nigeria (0:0) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (1:3), the national team of Iran has taken the last 4th place, then now, in frames of the FIFA World Cup in Russia, according to the results of the first round Carlos Queiroz ‘s team became the sole leader of group B: Iran – 3, Spain – 1, Portugal – 1, Morocco – 0.
Three winning points to Iran in an opening match with the rival which was equal both on the level and the class of a game, were brought by direct shot on the 95th minute by the Moroccan forward Aziz Bukhadduz. And the goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand has been called the best player of the match in St. Petersburg.
Spain (the head coach Fernando Hierro)
Prior to the opening of the FIFA World Cup in Russia the World champions 2010 has experienced the loudest scandal in the contemporary history of world football. Being insulted by the early appointment of Julen Lopetegui on the post of the new head coach of Real Madrid, the head of the Spanish football federation Luis Rubiales has quickly come to Krasnodar where Furia Roja is situated now. And at once by the strong-willed decision the football official has dismissed Zinedine Zidane’s follower.
The central back of Real Madrid who was a legendary football player in 2000s, Fernando Hierro became the new head coach of the national team. But, the problem is that Fernando has no experience with top teams and especially in the final World Cup tournaments.
That is why, the new coach of Furia Roja didn’t begin “to invent the bicycle” and in the first match against such strong rival in the face of Portugal has entirely trusted in the experienced tournament fighters headed by Sergio Ramos, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, David Silva and Isco. And the best Spanish forward Diego Costa became the center forward in the tactical drawing of Fernando Hierro.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Iran vs Spain
As a result the World champions 2010, having been losing twice on the course of the match to the defending champions of Europe, have gained quite acceptable draw (3:3). And now, in two subsequent rounds both Portugal and Spain have to spend two matches with initial underdogs of the quartet. And therefore in the forthcoming battle in the capital of Tatarstan the opinion of bookmakers is clear: Iran – 21.00, Spain – 1.17.
Now in two left rounds on the 20th and 25th of June the teams of Fernando Santos and Fernando Hierro will spend their matches. If on the 25th of June Portugal and Spain as a result win seven points, the most important factor will become the general difference of the scored and missed goals. Of course, it is more rational to use asian handicap (-2) on the favorite in the forthcoming meeting.