This Group B World Cup betting matchup will pit against one another two national teams that are just like that annoying couple that’s always breaking up and getting back together again. You know the one. Additionally, members of both squads’ coaching staffs agreed that their tournament opener will be like a final unto itself. Aww, how cute. “It will be like our World Cup final – we’ll play like we are playing for our lives,” Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said, and Morocco assistant coach Mustapha Hadji added that “The first game will be our final. It will be a tough game because we watched Iran in qualifying and they have a very good team and a very good spirit. But if we win, we have a great opportunity to reach the second round. That’s what we are coming for.”
15 June 2018 18:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Morocco vs. Iran
Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Iran became the first Asian country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, and in the process set a record for the most straight clean sheets in World Cup qualification with 12 games, or 1121 minutes, without allowing a goal. Morocco defended its way to the World Cup as well. “It’s a great team with fantastic players and a great coach [Herve Renard],” Queiroz, who previously managed Real Madrid and the South African national team, said of the Moroccans. “In qualifying, they did not lose one game nor concede one goal so that tells you everything about the quality of the team.” all things considered, people betting on the World Cup should expect a low World Cup betting total on this one.
Morocco last appeared in a World Cup in 1998, when they drew 2-2 with Norway and beat Scotland 3-0, but a Norway upset over Brazil left them out of the second round. “It was of the law of football. You just have to accept it,” Hadji, who was the 1998 African Footballer of the Year and should not be confused with Johnny Quest’s sidekick, said. “I played in front of all my friends and family so it was a special time. Everyone was waiting for Morocco to make it through to the second round but sometimes that’s just the way it is. Maybe if we got through we would have been beaten badly and people would have forgotten all about it. But we played some very good football and that will always stay in the hearts of the Moroccan people.”
And Iran (I ran so far away, I just ran, I ran all night and day) needs to either get its stuff together or get ready for some serious disappointment, and Queiroz isn’t afraid to rub salt in the wound. “I’m here to say Iran needs special local preparations,” he said. “I don’t care about the threats and what they have been trying to do to stop me talking. The Iranian fans deserve special World Cup preparations. We need to implement special preparations to bring honour and pride. They can fire me, I don’t care, but it’s time to express my opinion because the Iranian fans deserve that and the players deserve full support to be ready for this competition.” Oh my brother, testify! Defy the World Cup betting odds!