With opening nerves now out of the way, Wales must produce a fuller performance against Iran as their first World Cup campaign in 64 years continues.
At times, in Monday’s draw with the United States, the opportunity seemed too great, even for the seasoned veterans of a Welsh side that stormed through Euro 2016. After such a long wait, it is perhaps understandable, and the way Rob Page’s team has recovered has been impressive, offering an indication of the quality they can deliver.
If Friday’s meeting with Iran had been their opener, Wales might have been more worried. At their best, Carlos Queiroz’s side are tough to beat and possess dangerous firepower, but little was evident of that in their 6-2 loss to England.
Given Iran’s defensive problems and Wales’ improved second-half performance, Page and his team must be sure to get what would be a crucial three points ahead of their final game against the Three Lions.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
Date, kick-off time and venue
The World Cup group stage match is scheduled to kick off at 10:00 GMT on Friday, November 25, 2022.
The Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan will host.
Where to watch Wales v Iran
TV channel: The match will be broadcast on BBC One and channel in Welsh language S4C.
Direct: The BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and S4C online (all free with a subscription) will offer live streams.
Live coverage: Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s dedicated match coverage. Malik Ouzia will provide expert on-the-ground analysis.
Wales v Iran squad news
Joe Allen will be fit for the game, in a huge boost for Wales. Having not played since September, it remains to be seen whether Page will bring the Swansea midfielder straight back into the starting line-up.
The fact that Kieffer Moore was a game-changer when the striker came on as a substitute against USA should see the Bournemouth star selected ahead of Dan James.
For Iran, goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand is a major doubt after a nasty clash of heads against England.
Prediction Wales vs Iran
Considering how poorly Iran defended against England, Moore and Gareth Bale should be sure to cause trouble.
Wales win 2-1.
Head-to-head history and results (h2h)
Wales win: 1
Iran win: 0
Wales vs Iran Latest Odds
Wales winner: 6/5
Iran winner: 3/1
Odds via Betfair and subject to change.