Iran v Nigeria: Predicted lineups
World Cup 2014: Iran v Nigeria Preview and Projected Lineups
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It is hoped that this will potentially be a much more open and exciting match with some great young talents set to be on display for both sides.
Charlton Athleric's Reza Ghoochanneijhad and NEC;s Alireza Jahanbakhsh are both going to be great to watch for Iran.
The former has 10 goals in 14 appearances for Iran in his short international career while the later was a standout in the Eredivisie this year and could potentially earn a move up the European ladder this summer if he performs.
Ahmed Musa and Victor Moses will be the young attackers to watch for Nigeria as the two early twenties players are lively when going forward.
Musa plays his club football in Russia with CSKA and scored eight goals and provided three assists last season while Moses was on-loan to Liverpool from Chelsea.
Although Iran are known for a negative approach to the game, they will have to come out and play to their strengths in both attack and defense if they are to take something from the game.
Nigeria have been far from great in recent results and although they have talent to be a good national side, it has not all come together yet.
It will either be a great match or a bore but a draw is believed the most likely result.
Iran Starting XI: Davari: Heydari, Hosseini, Montazeri, Hajsafi; Dejagah, Nekounam, Teymourian, Jahanbakhsh; Ghoochannelijhad, Shojaei.
Nigeria Starting XI: Enyeama: Ambrose, Omeruo, Oboabona, Elderson; Mikel, Onazi; Odemwingie, Musa, Moses; Emenike.