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Morocco vs Iran

Competition – FIFA World Cup

Stadium – Arena St Petersburg

Date: 15th June 2018

Kick-off time – 16:00 GMT

This is Morocco’s first appearance at the World Cup in 20 years and they will be giving it their very best in a really tough group which includes Spain and Portugal.

The class of their other two opponents means the team that wins this game is the side that has a small chance of going through to the knockout phase.

The Africans are favourites in this game if you take a look at the talents at their disposal.

The Atlas Lions have a Juventus centre back (Mehdi Benatia) as captain, an Ajax man (Hakim Zyech) as star midfield, and an 11 goals in 10 international games striker, Ayoub El Kaabi.

The latter has scored in 5 of his last six games for Morocco.

The Moroccans have won 14 of their last 18 games, with their opponents including South Korea, Nigeria, Serbia, Ukraine, and Slovakia.

Iran, in all honesty, do not have the talent or form of the Moroccans heading into this game.

They struggled to beat Lithuania 1-0 in their last friendly game, a result that followed a 2-1 loss to Turkey at the end of May.

The Iranians also lost to Tunisia recently and they failed to beat Syria on home soil some nine months ago.

These results make them underdogs in this game and they could give the Moroccans a good start to the competition.

Possible starting lineups:

Morocco

Munir
Hakimi
Benatia
Saïss
Amrabat
Harit
Boussoufa
El Ahmadi
Belhanda
Ziyech
El Kaabi

Iran

Beiranvand
Mohammadi
Cheshmi
Pouraliganji
Rezeian
Shojaei
Hajsafi
Taremi
Azmoun
Jahanbaksh
Ghoddos

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Morocco

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Estonia 1-3 Morocco 9 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
W Morocco 2-1 Slovakia 4 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
D Morocco 0-0 Ukraine 31 May, 2018 International Friendly
W Morocco 2-0 Uzbekistan 27 Mar, 2018 International Friendly
W Serbia 1-2 Morocco 23 Mar, 2018 International Friendly

Iran

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Iran 1-0 Lithuania 8 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
L Turkey 2-1 Iran 28 May, 2018 International Friendly
W Iran 1-0 Uzbekistan 19 May, 2018 International Friendly
W Iran 2-1 Algeria 27 Mar, 2018 International Friendly
L Tunisia 1-0 Iran 23 Mar, 2018 International Friendly

H2H

No previous meetings between these two sides.

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