World Cup 2014: How Iran Will Line Up Against Nigeria

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World Cup 2014: How Iran Will Line Up Against Nigeria
Ebrahim Noroozi/Associated Press

In one week's time, Iran will face Nigeria in their opening match at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Curitiba, Brazil.

Coach Carlos Queiroz has opted for a slightly more defensive squad than most other teams in Brazil, with some key injuries late in the process forcing him to reshuffle his plans.

Left-back Hashem Beikzadeh, who was a highly likely choice to start the opening match, limped off injured in the friendly against Montenegro, increasing the need for defensive cover in the squad.

Fortunately for Iran, it seems he will be fit and ready to go against Nigeria.

Otherwise, Queiroz has shown his preference for a 4-2-3-1 formation, which allows Iran to defend in numbers and counterattack through winger Ashkan Dejagah and forward Reza Ghoochannejhad.

Here is how Iran will likely start against Nigeria.

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