World Cup 2014: How Iran Will Line Up Against Argentina

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World Cup 2014: How Iran Will Line Up Against Argentina
Martin Meissner/Associated Press

Iran are preparing for their clash with South American powerhouse Argentina in Belo Horizonte, Brazil this coming Saturday.

Fresh off a tedious 0-0 draw with Nigeria, Iran manager Carlos Queiroz will approach this match with a dose of realism. A victory would be beyond the wildest dreams of all Iranians, but a draw is the result Queiroz will likely target moving ahead to the final match against Bosnia.

An ambitious approach is unlikely, as playing an attacking game against the Argentines both plays into the hands of Lionel Messi and Co. and takes away from Iran's main strength, which is their defensive discipline.

Iran lined up as follows against Nigeria, courtesy of FIFA.com:

Position Name #
GK  Alireza Haghighi  12
LB  Mehrdad Pooladi  23
CB  Jalal Hosseini  4
CB  Amirhossein Sadeghi  5
RB  Pejman Montazeri  15
CDM  Andranik Teymourian  14
CDM  Javad Nekounam  6
LM  Ehsan Hajisafi  3
RM  Khosro Heydari  2
LW  Ashkan Dejagah  21
ST  Reza Ghoochannejhad  16

Here is how Iran will likely line up against Argentina.

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