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Iran vs Portugal preview

We have now reached the business end of the group stage and this group has thrown up an interesting match. The minnows, Iran have to win whilst the big team, Portugal, knows a point will see them safely through to the qualifying rounds. Iran have been very defensive so far, more intent on stopping the opposition rather than hurting them offensively. How then will they approach this match? I think they will continue to be resilient and defensively sound and hope that they can nick a goal somewhere, otherwise if it is still level with ten minutes to go expect them to go gung ho crazy.
Portugal will be tight and efficient and play a patient possession game they know a point is enough. However their talisman Ronaldo will be after personal glory so expect plenty of shots from him.

Final score prediction:  0-1

Odds:  Iran 5/1    Draw 5/2   Portugal   4/6

Best bet:  Under 1.5 goals




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