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Iran vs. USA – World Cup Group H: how they are doing, injuries and predictions while Carlos Queiroz is set to surprise

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IRAN round out their Group B season against USA knowing that a win will see them advance to the knockout stages for the first time ever.

Carlos Queiroz’s men struck twice in added time to beat Wales on Friday and keep their density in their own hands.

They were expected to finish last, but just like in 2018 when they took four points in a group that also included Spain and Portugal, they did it.

Meanwhile, USA have been a mixed bag so far, showing some promising plays in their first two games but not enough to fully get going.

Regardless of what happens in England vs Wales, the winner will be here in the next round.

And SunSport takes a look at what to expect from Iran vs USA, including our result prediction.

Iran: Queiroz’s men looked like they were the whipping boys of the group as they were defeated 6-2 by England.

But they improved dramatically against Wales and although they needed two late goals they fully deserved the win.

Read the full match report between Iran and Wales…

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: States were strong against Wales in the first half and then underwhelming in the second, meaning a draw was about right.

Against improved competition in England, they limited the Three Lions to almost no clear chances and could have snagged the points another day.

Read the full match report between England and USA…

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Iran: Alireza Beiranvand escaped being ruled out again after a nasty clash of heads and concussion minutes against England.

That should allow Hossein Hosseini to retain his place in the starting XI.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Gregg Berhalter has no injury worries.

Iran: Mehdi Tameri has scored two goals against England, including an excellent finish for the first, so he is likely to be the main goal threat.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Christian Pulisic is the obvious danger man, although he hasn’t hit top form yet.

However, the Chelsea man has looked capable in both games and was inches away from scoring a belter against England.

Iran will secure a place in the last 16 with a win and, remarkably, could win the group if that happens and England fail to beat Wales.

Iran could also go through with a draw if Wales don’t beat England, but they will be out if they lose.

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