Diego Costa bagged a pair for Spain in their draw against Portugal and oddsmakers like his chances of finding the goal again today against Iran.
Spain drew against Portugal in their first group match in Russia because of the singular individual talent of Cristiano Ronaldo. Iran don’t have a superstar player capable of bagging three goals and their chances are slim to pull off a miracle result against La Roja according to the oddsmakers.
World Cup 2018: Iran vs. Spain Odds and Betting Analysis
Date: Wednesday, June 20, 3 p.m. ET
Spain squandered an opportunity to take three points in their first match because of perfectly placed free kick off the right foot of a man with 657 career goals for club and country. The good news for the 2010 World Cup winners is that Diego Costa finally looked comfortable in the role of Spain’s No. 9. The Athletico Madrid striker scored a brace including one remarkable, near-solo effort.
Sports Interaction has Costa’s odds to score at any time during the match at -125. Attacking midfielder Isco was the central force for Spain’s buildup play against Portugal and he hit the woodwork on one of his two shots on target. He’s priced at +132 to score against Iran.
Team Melli will struggle to keep Spain’s attack at bay. The over 2.5 goals is priced at -151.
Manager Carlos Queiroz will not be able to field the same starting 11 that took down Morocco last week because of an injury to central defender Rouzbeh Cheshmi. He’s been ruled out for the tournament after he suffered a muscle injury during Sunday’s team practice. The 24-year-old has made 11 appearances since making his debut for Iran’s senior team in 2017.
The players didn’t seem too troubled on the pitch despite a change to the manager just a few days before Spain’s first match at the 2018 World Cup. Julen Lopetegui was the man who helped get Spain’s mojo back but the country’s FA decided he wasn’t fit to do the job after Real Madrid announced he would be the club’s next manager.
Fernando Hierro has little head coaching experience but Spain are a veteran bunch. Sergio Ramos, Gerald Pique, Sergio Busquets and David Silva were all part of the 2012 squad that won the 2012 Euro Cup and all four players are key components to Spain’s starting 11.
Iran vs. Spain Prediction
Iran 0, Spain 3: Iran are happy to have earned their first win at the World Cup and can hold their heads high returning home even if Spain puts on a masterclass performance on Wednesday.