USA vs. Iran Predictions, Odds, & Picks: World Cup 2022

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Tim Ream of the United States controls the ball during the World Cup group B soccer match between England and the United States, at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022.
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Laura Paterson @ Nov 29, 2022, 10:37 AM
  • USA needs a win, while Iran only needs a draw.
  • USA’s defense has been solid, but they’ve struggled to score goals.
  • I expect the USA to win and advance in a tight, low-scoring match.

It’s make or break for the USA’s FIFA World Cup campaign when they square off against Iran on Tuesday, November 29.

The United States must beat Iran to advance, while Iran needs a draw. Of course, this depends on England beating Wales, as expected, in the other Group B game.

Can the USA find its goal-scoring form? Or will Iran spoil USA’s party as they did in 1998?

USA vs. Iran ​​Prediction, World Cup:

The winning team model predicts Iran will win this Group B game with 47% confidence. The model also predicts a 29% chance of a tie/draw.

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USA vs. Iran Odds, Outrights, Over/Under

  • Match Result: Iran (+290) | Draw (+230) USA (+100)
  • Draw No Bet: Iran (+170) | USA (-250)
  • Over/Under Goals: Over 2.5 (+110) | Under 2.5 (-160)

USA vs. Iran Match Info

2022 World Cup — Group Stage (B)

Date: Tuesday, November 29

Time: 02:00 PM ET

Venue: Al Thumama Stadium

Coverage: FOX, Telemundo

USA vs. Iran Analysis

The USA has been impressive so far. The midfield trio of Weston McKennie, Yunus Musah, and Tyler Adams ran a star-studded England team ragged in their last game, and they will be crucial against Iran.

While the USA’s draw against Wales was disappointing, the draw against England boosted this team’s confidence. The defense has held steady so far, with Gareth Bales’ penalty the only goal against the USA. The scoring just hasn’t come for this side yet, but it could prove easier against Iran.

Iran let England score on six of their seven shots on target, and this would be the perfect opportunity for Christian Pulisic to come right in front of goal. The USA is an aggressive team with a high press that likes to control the tempo, with 59% of the possession against Wales and 44% against England.

On the other hand, Iran had just 21% of the possession against England and 38% against Wales. Although Carlos Queiroz’s team was better than Wales for most of the match, they needed the Dragons to go down to 10 men to break through their defense. 

Ultimately, the USMNT’s fate is in their hands, and I think that they deserve to advance given their promising performances so far. Although a draw will be enough for Iran, I think they will try to win this match, and it will be up to their defense to match USA’s pace.

I’m going with the USA to win by a narrow margin.

USA vs. Iran Game Result Odds

  • Match Result: Iran USA (+100)
  • Draw No Bet: USA (-250)
  • Over/Under Goals: Under 2.5 (-160)
  • Player to Score First and Team to Win: Christian Pulisic (+650)

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Laura is a dedicated in-house writer for The Media Image. An avid sports fan and field hockey player, she gets her fix through writing on a variety of sports for BetMGM.

Laura is a dedicated in-house writer for The Media Image. An avid sports fan and field hockey player, she gets her fix through writing on a variety of sports for BetMGM.