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World Cup 2022: Wales vs Iran Match Preview | qatar world cup 2022

The veterans from both the sides could have a fast-paced, box-to-box match.

Who: Wales v Iran, Group B

Where: Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium

When: Friday, November 25, 1PM (10:00 GMT)

FIFA Ranking: Wales (19), Iran (20)

Leading into the World Cup, Wales suffered a poor run of form in the UEFA Nations League. Yet it came just after their dramatic World Cup qualifying campaign, during which they lost just one of 10 matches – and that was from Belgium, who are among the favorites to lift the trophy in Doha on 18 December.

So what does that tell us? The Welsh veteran trio of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen can make life very difficult for opposition teams when in form and without injury.

But this is no small warning. Allen has been working hard at Swansea – where he picked up a hamstring injury less than a month ago. Meanwhile, Ramsey, who picked up a hamstring injury in September, and Bell, who recently suffered a foot injury, have traded in the rugged mountains and valleys of Wales for the warm weather of Nice and Los Angeles – where They both struggle to get play time.

The Welsh reliance on their experienced stars showed in the team’s World Cup opening match, where late Bates Penalty made sure they got a score through A draw against USA,

Meanwhile, Iran is looking to make it to the Round of 16 in a World Cup for the first time. And this game is key to those hopes after Team Melli – as they are known – were trounced 6-2 by England in their opening game of the World Cup.

Like Wales, they will be relying on an experienced arm – or rather, leg. Since the 2020–21 season, Mehdi Taremi has been the top scorer in the Portuguese football league with 42 goals. 30 year old who scored Both Iran’s goals against England 18 months of experience playing in Qatar earlier this week.

Taremi will lead Iran’s front line, along with Feyenoord Rotterdam’s Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Bayer Leverkusen’s Sardar Azmoun. Azmon was injured while playing for Leverkusen in early October, but is fit to play in Qatar.

In the two games since Iran’s coach Carlos Queiroz was reinstated, the team has played a 4–1–4–1 defensive formation with a floating player ahead of the defenders, allowing the midfield to press more up the pitch. Is. In attack, they have switched to a 4–3–3.

This flexibility in formation and counterattacking gives Team Melli a similar style of play to the Dragons – the eponymous de guerre of the Welsh side. Expect both teams to break fast along the wings. These are not teams interested in possession for themselves. Don’t expect much tiki-taka in this game. Don’t expect gritty, box-to-box action.

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