WALES are looking to take a step closer to qualifying from Group B in the World Cup and the team news is IN as they face Iran.
It is a golden chance for Gareth Bale and pals to get through the group stages of their third tournament in six years - having not played in a World Cup since 1958, and the forward starts.
He will be joined by Kieffer Moore in attack, who came on in the 1-1 draw with USA and impressed, earning a start today.
Rob Page's side know that a clash with England is still to come and that victory today could set up a huge decider against the Three Lions, with both teams looking to qualify from the group.Start time: 10am UK time TV: BBC One Live stream: BBC iPlayer Wales XI: Hennessey, Roberts, Davies, Mepham, Rodon, Williams, Ramsey, Ampadu, Wilson, Bale, Moore Iran XI: Sayed Hosseini, Rezaeian, Pouraliganji, Mohammadi, Majid Hosseini, Hajsafi, Gholizadeh, Ezatolahi, Noorollahi, Azmoun, Taremi
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Former Brighton man Alireza Jahanbakhsh is named on the bench.
Iran subs: Beyranvand, Niazmand, Abedzadeh, Khalilzadeh, Jalali, Kanani, Moharrami, Cheshmi, Karimi, Jahanbakhsh, Torabi, Amiri, Ghoddos, Ansarifard8 minutes ago
Dan James drops to the bench after failing to make a impact in Monday’s draw with the USA.
Wales subs: Ward, A Davies, Gunter, Allen, Johnson, Morrell, Lockyer, J Williams, Harris, D James, Thomas, Levitt, Cabango, Colwill, Smith8 minutes ago
Iran starting XI
Here's the team that Carlos Quieroz has named for today's game.
Sayed Hosseini, Rezaeian, Pouraliganji, Mohammadi, Majid Hosseini, Hajsafi, Gholizadeh, Ezatolahi, Noorollahi, Azmoun, Taremi12 minutes ago
Wales starting XI
Rob Page hands a start to Kieffer Moore.
Wales XI: Hennessey, N Williams, B Davies, Mepham, Rodon, Wilson, Ramsey, Bale, Moore, Roberts, Ampadu15 minutes ago
Wales’ poor form
Wales are without a win in their last six games and have not registered a victory since their play-off win over Ukraine back in June that secured their place at this World Cup.
The pressure is on Rob Page’s team to earn all three points today ahead of Tuesday’s showdown with England.20 minutes ago
Today’s game is taking place at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium (known popularly as the Al-Rayyan Stadium).
The stadium is named after the former Emir of Qatar who ruled from 1960 to 1972.
The listed capacity of the stadium is 45,032 but, as has been the fashion in this tournament, expect today’s official figures to be somehow higher than that.30 minutes ago
Bale came up trumps for his country again on Monday evening when his late penalty meant Wales earned a share of the spoils against the USA.
It is worth noting, however, that he struggled to have much influence over the game before that decisive moment.
Wales will need him to be more involved today if they are to earn a vital 3 points in group B.38 minutes ago
Iran national anthem
Iran’s players refused to sing their national anthem before the game against England on Monday in protest against their government’s treatment of protestors in their country.
It was a brave act of defiance that could have serious ramifications for the players when they return home after the tournament.
Iran state TV cut its coverage of the anthem when it became clear that the players were making a political stand.
It remains to be seen if the players will repeat their protest when the anthems are played before kick off today.41 minutes ago
Iran team news
Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand suffered a nasty head injury in the early stages of the England match and he will play no part in the game today as a result.
Hossein Hosseini is expected to take his place between the sticks for Carlos Quieroz’ team.
We should have the official team news in around 45 minutes' times.46 minutes ago
Wales team news
Rob Page is expected to hand a start to Kieffer Moore after the positive impact he had on the team’s performance against the USA.
Ethan Ampadu picked up a knock late on against the USMNT, the extent of which remains unclear and he is will be assessed by the Wales medical team ahead of today’s game.
Joe Allen returned to full training with the team on Wednesday but has not played a single minute of football since September and it is unlikely that he will be fit enough to warrant a place in the starting eleven this morning.54 minutes ago
Hello from Al-Rayyan
Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup group B fixture between Wales and Iran.
Both teams are searching for their first taste of victory at this World Cup after Iran were humbled by England and Wales drew 1-1 with the USA in the first round of group fixtures.
Wales rallied from behind to earn a point against the USMNT as Gareth Bale (who else?!) smashed home an 82nd minute penalty to cancel out Tim Weah’s first half goal.
Rob Page’s team struggled in the first half but the introduction of Kieffer Moore proved to be the turning point and allowed them to play in a more direct style.
A point was no more than Wales deserved and it was fitting that it was their main man who scored the country’s first goal at a World Cup since 1958.
Meanwhile, Iran suffered a nightmare start to their tournament as they were hammered 6-2 by Gareth Southgate’s impressive England team.
Carlos Quieroz set his team up to frustrate England but his carefully laid plans crumbled into dust when Gareth Southgate’s side scored three goals in 11 minutes at the end of the first half.
While Iran looked very suspect defensively, they did score twice in the second half through star striker Mehdi Taremi – Wales will need to keep a close eye on him today.
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