Iran (@2.87) vs Puerto Rico (@1.4)
22-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Puerto Rico will win

Iran – Puerto Rico Match Prediction | 22-08-2019

Irans hopes of topping their World Cup qualifying group received quite a large boost on Thursday as they beat Qatar 1-0 away from home, and simultaneously saw 2nd placed South Korea beaten at the hands of China. This sends the hosts four points clear at the top of the group with just four games left to play, but now they have to avoid the same fate as South Korea when they face China.

This sends the hosts four points clear at the top of the group with just four games left to play, but now they have to avoid the same fate as South Korea when they face China. Irans hopes of topping their World Cup qualifying group received quite a large boost on Thursday as they beat Qatar 1-0 away from home, and simultaneously saw 2nd placed South Korea beaten at the hands of China.

Today's match predictions

A rise up the ranks has brought them back to the second tier, but how far can Luton go this season? Luton return to the Championship on Friday night just 15 months after playing in League Two. They kick things off against a Middlesbrough side who are going through changes, as theyve appointed Jonathan Woodgate as the successor to Tony Pulis. They finished narrowly outside the top six last season, but will radical change kick them on a gear or leave them with a more entertaining but frustrating season?

All teams not seeded were drawn to take other available positions in the remaining lines, following the U21 World Ranking.[9] The draw was held in Manama, Bahrain on 3 June 2019.[10] Rankings are shown in brackets except the hosts who ranked 42nd. Teams were seeded in the first two positions of each pool following the Serpentine system according to their FIVB U21 World Ranking as of January 2019.[8] FIVB reserved the right to seed the hosts as head of pool A regardless of the U21 World Ranking.

However, how will the squad thats leftover deal with their return to the Championship? Luton are on the back of successive promotions, but this is a new start for the club. Now hes tasked with taking the club to safety in the second tier, but the departures of Jack Stacey to Bournemouth and James Justin to Leicester have been big blows. Theyve appointed Graeme Jones after losing Nathan Jones to Stoke during the previous campaign.

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Middlesbrough had the joint-best defence in the league last term. However, the fact that they conceded just 24 shows how well Pulis managed the defence. Replicating that as a rookie manager is likely to be too tough, even for former defender Woodgate. Thats already taken a hit, with the departure of Aden Flint to Cardiff City weakening the defence which Pulis built. Together, that back line faced over 400 shots last season and should have conceded over 40 goals from open play according to xG data.

I cant look beyond an Iran win here. They are facing a China side who really struggle to score goals on the road, so odds of 2.025 for an Iran -1.0 Asian Handicap win look good value. Im backing that alongside a 2-0 correct score predictions at 5/1. They look in good shape at the moment and have an excellent record at home.

They were not sure of qualification until their last game against Australia. They have failed to qualify for the Olympics in that period. In the previous two editions of the Asian Cup Iran have finished third and second respectively. The last time they won the Asian Cup was back in 2013. Their last appearance at the Olympic Games was in 2008 when they finished 11th in Beijing. Iran needed to win that game to gain the path to the World Cup. Irans qualifying campaign was far from secure.

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They went unbeaten at home throughout last season, hitting 2.48 goals per game. There should be more of an opening for Luton against this Middlesbrough, while the hosts will be confident at their own ground. Theyve got enough going forward to take advantage of Boro, while we expect to see immediate results for the visitors in their pursuit of attacking football. With that in mind, were backing both teams to score as our tip for this clash.

That means that Boro are creating the right chances, they just need a system which will commit more men forward. There shouldnt be too much concern about Boros ability going forward, as they finished 17 goals short of the xG total last term. Woodgate is expected to start with a 4-3-3 system which is set to include Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher, two capable forwards. However, maintaining the Pulis-level of defending is another story. If Woodgate can do that, hell get somewhere.

If we go there well prepared, we will have a good opportunity to qualify for the next round. All the teams are good; they prepare very well. Its going to be on us, the way we prepare. A World Cup is always very difficult, Barea told El Nuevo Dia. Barea knows that qualification from the group is not an easy task. But in a matter of the group, I think we are well placed.

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There should be more of an opening for Luton against this Middlesbrough, while the hosts will be confident at their own ground. They went unbeaten at home throughout last season, hitting 2.48 goals per game. Theyve got enough going forward to take advantage of Boro, while we expect to see immediate results for the visitors in their pursuit of attacking football. With that in mind, were backing both teams to score as our tip for this clash.