The only team in Group B to earn three points in their first match, Iran gets a much more difficult test on Wednesday when they take on Spain at Kazan Arena.
In the United States, the game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on Fox (English broadcast) and Telemundo (Spanish broadcast). If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch the game–and every other World Cup game–live on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
Fox (live in most markets) and Telemundo are both included in the “Fubo Premier” bundle, which has a channel package that is largely tailored towards international soccer fans. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch any World Cup game live on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch the game live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch any World Cup game up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of live TV channels, including both Fox (live in most markets) and Telemundo. You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch every World Cup game live on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch the game live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials), allowing you to watch any game after it airs.
Fox (but not Telemundo) is included in the “Sling Blue” package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial of both, and you can then watch any World Cup game live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch a game live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
Hopefully Iran got a chance to soak in the feeling of being on top of a World Cup group with Portugal and Spain, because it’s not expected to last. After playing to a thrilling 3-3 draw against Cristiano Ronaldo–er, Portugal–in their opener, La Roja are heavily favored to grab all three points in this one.
In that match against the defending European champs, Spain, according to WhoScored’s stats, had 67 percent of possession and completed 716 passes at a 92 percent success rate. Meanwhile, Iran, who won their first game thanks to a Moroccan own goal in the 94th minute, had 32 percent of possession and completed 130 passes at a 57 percent success rate.
As such, you can fully expect Spain to thoroughly dominate the ball during Wednesday’s matchup–we’re talking 80-plus percent possession, with most of that coming in their attacking half. Iran will likely park the bus, hoping to get away with a 0-0 draw, and while that will certainly be a difficult task against a team of Spain’s quality, it’s not an impossible one. This is a team that held Argentina scoreless for 90 minutes before a Lionel Messi free kick during the 2014 World Cup, and they held strong in the opener despite Morocco controlling the ball.
Additionally, as we saw during Spain’s match against Portugal, there will likely be some opportunities for a counter-attack. Iran will need to balance how much they want to go after those opportunities vs how much they want to stay organized in defense, but it will be interesting to see if they can surprise a Spain side that didn’t look all that strong at the back in the opener.
In their final matches of group-stage play, Spain faces Morocco and Iran takes on Portugal, both on Monday, June 28.