Wales and Iran are back in FIFA World Cup action on Friday when the two meet in Al Rayyan for their second Group B encounter. The Welsh drew 1-1 with the USMNT in their opening game while the Iranians took a heavy 6-2 beating from England. Ahmad bin Ali Stadium will be the venue for this one as Gareth Bale and his Wales teammates look to secure three points ahead of their clash with the Three Lions. Team Melli, though, must react after falling apart against the English as much of the talk surrounding the squad remains focused on what is happening back home in Iran.
Wales face Iran in search of their first win of 2022 World Cup at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Qatar on Friday.
Gareth Bale turned up with a late strike to rescue a point for the Welsh against USMNT in their tournament opener. Meanwhile, Iran were punished for their errors by England 6-2 as teams completed their first round of games in Group B. Both teams will settle for nothing less than a win and Iran are set to face another difficult challenge as they plan to deal with the inevitable threat of Gareth Bale who looks a different player in his country’s team colours.
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Wales vs Iran date & kick-off time
|Game:||Wales vs Iran|
|Date:||November 25, 2022|
|Kick-off time:||5am ET / 10:00am GMT / 12pm CAT / 3:30pm IST|
|Stream:||fuboTV (start with free trial)|
How to watch Wales vs Iran on TV & live stream online
In the U.S, the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (start with a free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.
It will also be broadcast on Fox Sports and Telemundo.
In the UK, the match will be broadcast and streamed on BBC and S4C and streamed live on the BBC iPlayer and S4C Online.
In India, fans can catch it on the Sports 18 Network and stream the games on and Jio Cinema.
|Country||TV channel||Live stream|
|US||Fox Sports, Telemundo||fuboTV, Peacock, Fox Sports app, Sling|
|UK||BBC, S4C||BBC iPlayer, S4C Online|
|India||Sports 18 SD/HD||Jio Cinema|
Wales squad & team news
Rob Page will be hoping Gareth Bale can deliver another impactful performance on the big stage following his equaliser against USMNT in the opening game.
Joe Allen could return to the fray after being out of action since September.
Wales predicted XI: Hennessey; Roberts, Ampadu, Rodon, Davies, Williams; Allen, Ramsey; Bale, Moore, James
|Goalkeepers||Hennessey, Ward, Davies|
|Defenders||Gunter, Williams, Cabango, Rodon, Roberts, Ampadu, Davies, Lockyer, Mepham|
|Midfielders||Levitt, Smith, Morrell, Williams, Thomas, Colwill, Allen, Ramsey, Wilson|
|Forwards||Johnson, Bale, Moore, Harris, James|
Iran squad & team news
The only concern for Iran boss will be Alireza Beiranvand who will sit out the match against Wales due to the concussion protocol. He has a difficult task at his hand but will hope to name a strong lineup to take points off Wales.
Iran predicted XI: H. Hosseini; Moharrami, Pouraliganji, Cheshmi, M. Hosseini, Mohammadi; Jahanbakhsh, Noorollahi, Karimi, Gholizadeh; Taremi
|Goalkeepers||Beiranvand, Hosseini, Abedzadeh, Niazmand|
|Defenders||Hajsafi, Pouraliganji, Rezaeian, Mohammadi, Khalilzadeh, Kanaanizadegan, Moharrami, Hosseini, Cheshmi, Jalali|
|Midfielders||Amiri, Ezatolahi, Torabi, Ghoddos, Gholizadeh, Nourollahi, Karimi|
|Forwards||Jahanbakhsh, Taremi, Ansarifard, Azmoun|
Wales: Bale’s late penalty saved the Welsh a point at this very same venue earlier in the week and Robert Page’s men now need to take all three points to give themselves a shot at advancing to the knockout phase with England their final Group B opponents. Should they fail to win here, things could get complicated if the USMNT manage to surprise Gareth Southgate’s men.
Page must decide whether to start Kieffer Moore after his role in salvaging a draw against the Americans while Daniel James and Harry Wilson could drop out and there is some doubt over Ethan Ampadu after his ankle took a knock. Joe Morrell could come in, but so could Joe Allen despite his recent injury issues.
Iran: For Carlos Quieroz’s men, it is a question of pride and keeping things respectable if they are sent packing from the tournament. Despite Mehdi Taremi’s brace, there are question marks over several positions with a forced change in goal due to Alireza Beiranvand’s head injury. Hossein Hosseini should come in while Sardar Azmoun could start, and Ali Gholizadeh also teed up Tartemi’s first from the bench.