Wales might not carry the same international controversy as the English national team, but they are still part of the United Kingdom. In the eyes of passionate Iranians looking to get one over an international foe, beating Wales would be akin to beating England. As such, Wales should come into this game with complete belief that they can get something here.
The early kick off time means most Wales fans will be eating their breakfast watching, but this should be an absorbing tie. Both teams are 100% committed to making this a spectacle to remember, and the tightness of three of the group seeds means that England, really, should come into this feeling pretty confident. Expect Wales to arrive in this one knowing they need to put on a show, as they might need the points ahead of a tie-up with England a dalliance with the USMNT in game one.
Who will win this tie?
Wales. Iran are a decent side, but Wales have the star power of Gareth Bale and a few other decent performers. Iran might have Mehdi Taremi, but outside of the big burly striker – who matches up well with the Wales back-line – they are short on quality. This should give Wales plenty of opportunity to overwhelm a weak enough defensive unit.
This could be the best game of the group in many ways, and should pose a very interesting match to watch for all involved. Definitely one to keep an eye on, but it should be Wale’s day.