Morocco vs Iran: TV channel, live stream, squad news & match preview
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Morocco and Iran open the Group B fixtures with a clash at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, and face an unlikely task in progressing through the round as they are still to play the likes of Spain and Portugal.
The two teams have built up impressive form in the run-up to the finals in Russia, however, as Morocco head to the tournament looking to preserve their unbeaten run of 18 games, which is the third longest run for any national team.
Their streak includes victories over Egypt, Nigeria and Serbia which will bolster their chances in Russia. Iran’s qualification campaign was impressive as well, and the two underdogs will face off against each other with hopes of pulling off a major upset in their attempt to dethrone either Spain and/or Portugal.
Goal brings you all you need to know ahead of the Group B clash between the two sides.
Game Morocco vs Iran
Date Friday, June 15
Time 4pm BST / 11am US ET
Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial)
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
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In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on ITV or streamed live online using ITV Player.
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Squads & Team News
Position Morocco players
Goalkeepers El Kajoui, Bounou, Reda Tagnaouti
Defenders Dirar, Da Costa, Saiss, Mendyl, Benatia, Hakimi, Amrabat
Midfielders Al Ahmadi Ait Bennasser, Boussoufa, Fajr ,Harit, Amrabat, Ziyach, Belhanda
Forwards Al Kaabi, Boutaib, Bouhaddouz, Carcela Gonzalez, En-Nesyri
Morocco forward Khalid Boutaib was the joint-second top scorer in the qualification stages after netting four goals, and will be striving to replicate his form in Russia. Real Madrid player Achraf Hakimi is expected to play a part for his side, and Medhi Benatia – captaining Morocco – is certain to add experience.
Potential Morocco XI: Munir; Hakimi, Benatia, Saiss, Dirar; El Ahmadi; Ziyech, Boussoufa, Belhanda, N Amrabat; El-Kaabi
Position Iran players
Goalkeepers Beiranvand, Mazaheri, Abedzadeh
Defenders Hosseini, Mohammadi, Khanzadeh, Pouraliganji, Montazeri, Rezaeian, Cheshmi
Midfielders Ezatolahi, Haji Safi, Ebrahimi, Shojaei, Dejagah
Forwards Jahanbakhsh, Taremi, Ghoddos, Amiri, Torabi, Azmoun, Ansarifard, Ghoochannejhad
Iran’s star player comes in the form of Mehdi Taremi, with any chances of cruising past their opponents coming through his performance. Alireza Jahanbaksh is another standout player expected to lead Iran as he scored 21 goals for AZ Alkmaar this past season – finishing as the top scorer in the Eredivisie.
Potential Iran XI: Beiranvand; Mohammadi, Cheshmi, Khanzadeh, Rezaeian; Shojaei, Hajsafi; Taremi, Ansarifard, Jahanbakhsh; Azmoun
Betting & Match Odds
Morocco are 13/10 favourites to win the match according to dabblebet , with Iran commanding odds of 11/4. A draw between the teams is a 2/1 bet.
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Morocco international team 2018
Spain and Portugal are both overwhelming favourites to progress as Group B winners, but as always, surprises and favourites bowing out early are always expected in World Cup finals. Iran and Morocco are severe underdogs in their group but they have a solid chance to pull of a major upset – as Spain and Portugal are already frontrunners to go far in the tournament itself – and both sides will be looking to capitalise on the uncertainty surrounding La Roja following the dismissal of head coach Julen Lopetegui the day before the finals were about to start.
Morocco are currently ranked 41st in the FIFA world rankings, and are making their fifth appearance in the World Cup along with Iran. Iran sit four places ahead of Morocco in the rankings and finished their qualification stages undefeated, claiming first place in Group A after pipping South Korea to the spot.
Morocco will also head into the fixture fresh from the disappointment of losing out on hosting the 2026 World Cup, after FIFA awarded the hosting rights to joint bidders Canada, Mexico and the United States.
“I wish to congratulate FIFA for the conduct of this process and congratulate the president for what he has done in order to move things towards more transparency and more inclusion,” the president of Morocco Football Federation, Fouzi Lekjaa told reporters.
“I would like to reaffirm the determination of my country to continue to work for football and realise one day our dream to host the World Cup in Morocco.”