So there you have it after 12 games we finaly have this draw in the world cup as Iran and Nigeria played out a boring game.
Iran held of the challenge from Nigerian side who created the better chances of both teams, the game was a dull affair where both teams canceled each other out. Iran will be the happier of the sides but this result leave both teams needing wins in their remaining two games to have any chance of making it to the knockout stages.
In the Group F game we will have Iran taking on African giants Nigeria in what will be a exciting game where both sides starting their world cup campaign. The game will be played at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba with kickoff time 20:00 UKtime (16:00 local)
Carlos Queiroz has installed a never die attitude in this Iranian team who have been playing some good football in the last couple of years. They are ranked top in asian continent but Iran’s world cup pedigree is very low. There only win came against USA 16 years ago in 1998 world cup while Nigeria has consistantly qualified for world cups in last 20 years but the success was far and few between. Their last win in the world cup was back in 1998 against Bulgaria since than they have drawn 2 and lost 6.
Possible Starting Lineup Iran vs Nigeria:
Iran are likely to start with Daniel Davari who plays his football in germany, while Ghoochannejhad might start upfront as a lone striker and Haddadifa, Shojaei and Dejagah supporing him from midfield roles. Nigeria have a few premier league stars to call upon with Victor Mosses supporting two forward upfront in Odemwingie and Emenike.
Iran vs Nigeria Predictions:
Both teams dont have much of success in their world cup history, but Nigeria do look a much better and balanced unit compared to Iran but that does not mean Iran are just a roll over. The way world cup games are going its hard to predict as in 7 of the 9 games played the team conceding first is winning and there has not been a single draw in opening 9 matches. I can see the same pattern in this game, Iran might take early lead but Nigeria will finaly break them down and win the game.