Iran vs Spain preview, betting tips and prediction

Diego Costa celebrating Goal during World Cup 2018 - Free Bets UK
Share this on

Recommended Bet 

Diego Costa to score first @ 11/4 with Betfred

Free Bets for World Cup 2018

  • Coral - Third Place and Final Free Bets Bet on the Third Place and who's going to Win the Final World Cup 2018. Get your Free Bets from Coral now. £30 T&Cs Apply
    Minimum Deposit and Stake £10. Free Bets Credited as 3x£10. Free Bet Stake Not Returned. Free Bet Valid For 4 Days. 18+. Terms and Conditions Apply
  • Betfred World Cup Free Bets Offer World Cup Betting with Betfred - Claim your £30 Free Bets Now £30 T&Cs Apply
    Only available to new customers from UK & Northern Ireland. You must stake £10 or more on a Sportsbook market at single/cumulative odds of Evens (2.0) or greater on your first bet. Offer not available to customers registering on 14/04/2018. E-Wallet restrictions apply. Betfred.com will credit your account with a free bet of £30 within 48 hours of your first bet settled, awarded in the currency that your account is held in. Free Bet will expire after 7 days. Full T&Cs apply.
  • Dafabet World Cup Betting Bonus Bet on the World Cup with Dafabet and Claim £30 Special Bonus Offer! £30 T&Cs Apply
    This promotion is only valid for players living in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Players must be aged 18 years or over to bet and participate in this promotion. Combination bets can be considered for the free bet for as long as the combination is a fully losing bet. T&Cs Apply.
  • Bet365 World Cup Betting Offer Bet on World Cup Matches and Claim £100 for your first Bet. £100 T&Cs Apply
    New customers only. Min deposit £5 or more. 100% matched as Bet Credits up to £100. Bet Credits are non-withdrawable. Offer needs to be claimed within 30 days of registration. Min odds to release Bet Credits is 1/5. Payment method exclusions apply. UK & ROI residents only. T&Cs Apply.
  • Paddy Power World Cup Free Bets Bet on England to make the Third Place in the World Cup 2018. Claim your £30 Free Bets. £30 T&Cs Apply
    New customers only, place a €10 bet on any Sportsbook market - min stake €10 at odds of at least 1.5 (1/2) — and we’ll give you €30 in free bets. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. Free bets are valid for 30 days and must be used on a Sportsbook market. Free bets will be awarded after the qualifying bet has been settled. T&C’s Apply.

Spain will be looking to pick up their first win of Russia 2018 when they face surprise group leaders Iran in Kazan. La Roja played out the most entertaining game of the tournament so far when they were held 3-3 by a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Portugal. With no world class talent to drag Iran by the scruff of the neck in the same manner, we see Spain cruising to victory here.

Iran celebrating win against Morocco in their first World Cup Match 2018 - Free Bets UK

An uncharacteristic mistake from David De Gea played a major part in Spain not securing a win. This time around they’ll be unkind to their opponents and covetous with the ball. There were doubts about Diego Costa’s suitability within Spain’s system before the tournament. He went some way to shutting up his doubters with two goals and an all-round imposing shift against Portugal. We wouldn’t be surprised to see him get on the scoresheet again here.

Form

Portugal are a good match for Spain. The pair have a recent history of hotly-contested clashes. Yet if it wasn’t for individual errors, you get the feeling that Spain would have come out on top in their group opener. Portugal battled well in midfield and this combativeness stopped La Roja from getting the game in a headlock. Iran will need to press hard.

They come into this game after a largely uninspiring win over Morocco. A stoppage-time own goal was a scruffy way to win but they’ll gladly take it with both hands here.

Team news

Saeed Ezatolahi has just completed a suspension and will be available against Spain. The FC Rostov midfielder will most likely start in a line-up with a focus on defending.

Spain have a full squad of players to choose from.

Place your bet