England v Iran World Cup date, kick-off time, team news, tips and prediction

Can the Three Lions roar to an opening win?


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England kick off their World Cup campaign with a first ever clash against Iran.

The Three Lions are the hot favourites to claim all three points from the opening match in Group B, which takes place at the Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan.

Gareth Southgate’s team head into the clash in poor form, however, having been relegated from the top tier of the UEFA Nations League earlier this year.


Iran, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last three friendlies including a 1-0 victory over Nicaragua earlier this month.

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You can check out the latest England v Iran odds on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app, otherwise everything you need to know about the World Cup Group B fixture is below.

England v Iran date and kick-off time

England v Iran is scheduled to kick off at 13:00 GMT on Monday, November 21. You can watch the match live on BBC One and RTÉ2.

England v Iran team news

Three Lions duo James Maddison and Kyle Walker have been ruled out of England v Iran.

England Predicted XI: Pickford; Trippier, Dier, Maguire, Shaw; Bellingham, Rice, Mount; Sterling, Saka, Kane

Iran Predicted XI: Beiranvand; Moharrami, Kanaani, Hosseini, Hajsafi; Ezatolahi, Amiri, Ansarifard; Jahanbakhsh, Taremi, Azmoun

England v Iran betting

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England v Iran tips

Paddy Power News is your home for World Cup betting tips with expert insight from the likes of Peter Crouch, Mark Lawrenson and Phil Thompson.

England v Iran prediction

Mark Lawrenson: First games in major competitions are always very, very cagey. We know Carlos Queiroz well and one of the big things for me with England is that I just hope they don’t play with two holding midfielders. I really don’t get it and, certainly against teams like Iran, I don’t think there’s any need to do so.

What they have is lots of wide players like Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling, all those guys, they’ve got Jude Bellingham in the middle who has to play – this game is tailor made for him. In the last third of the pitch England have got some really, really talented players. It’s just a case of getting the mix right.

I expect England to win but I don’t think it will be a rout. I’m going to go 2-0 to England.

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