Iran play Nigeria in Group F at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba in their opening game of the 2014 World Cup. The pressure is off Iran who are not expected to go far in the tournament, while Nigeria will be hoping to join probable Group F winners Argentina in the Second Round at the expense of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
This match is a step into the unknown for both sides as this is the first time these nations have contested a football fixture. Iran have good momentum heading into the tournament, but this is very much a step up in class to their usual opponents and Nigeria's recent experience of playing in Brazil at the 2013 Confederations Cup may help their cause.
Javed Nekounam could be on penalty duty for Iran and looks the best option for goalscorer bets, while Reza Ghoochannejhad may also figure in some staking plans. For Nigeria, Emmanual Emenike and Nnamdi Oduamadi could easily be overlooked in favour of Victor Moses as a more appealing option in the goalscorer markets.
Last Six Matches
Iran L W W W W W Nigeria D W L W W W
Iran (World Cup 2014 Qualification & 2014 Friendlies)
Javed Nekounam - 6 (2 First Goalscorer, 1 Penalties)
Reza Ghoochannejhad - 4 (2 First Goalscorer, 0 Penalties)
Ali Karimi - 3 (0 First Goalscorer, 0 Penalties)
Mojtaba Jabbari - 3 (0 First Goalscorer, 0 Penalties)
Mohamad Khalathari - 3 (1 First Goalscorer, 0 Penalties)
Nigeria (World Cup 2014 Qualification, 2013 Confederations Cup & 2014 Friendlies)
Emmanual Emenike - 3 (2 First Goalscorer, 1 Penalties)
Nnamdi Oduamadi -3 (1 First Goalscorer, 0 Penalties)
Victor Moses - 2 (0 First Goalscorer, 1 Penalties)
Awa Echiejile - 2 (0 First Goalscorer, 0 Penalties)
Top Goal Assists
Iran (2014 Friendlies)
Ashkan Dejagah - 1
Nigeria (2013 Confederations Cup)
Ahmed Musa - 2
Idaye Brown - 2
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