USA Vs. Iran | FIFA World Cup DFS Picks

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At 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, USA faces off vs. Iran to keep their dreams of advancing past the group-stage alive. Here are PrizePicks’ members 3 most popular picks for USA vs. Iran in the FIFA World Cup

USA Vs. Iran | FIFA World Cup Picks on PrizePicks

1. Christian Pulisic MORE Than 1 Shots on Target 

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Christian Pulisic has had some spectacular chances this World Cup, including a beautiful strike that drilled the bar against England. Despite that, he doesn't have a shot on target because the bar is technically considered off. So, without a shot on target, why is this the most popular pick? 

Well, even though he has no shots on target, Pulisic has not been shy to attack. He’s accrued 4 shots, 1 assist, and has had 39 touches just outside of the box. 

The hope is that Pulisic will have even more chances as they face off against a team who has already allowed 6 goals to England. As a reminder, the USA tied England 0-0, so the American attack is eager for some strikes - which Iran is not the best at defending. 

Oh yeah, and in World Cup Qualifying, Pulisic had 12 shots on target in 11 games 👀 

2. Christian Pulisic MORE Than 2.5 Shots 

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As mentioned, Christian Pulisic has only had 4 shots in World Cup play. The sample size for this World Cup is tiny though, so it's not always great to use that data. 

However, in 11 World Cup qualifying games, Pulisic had 26 shots or an average of 2.36 shots per game. 2.36 seems low, but the number is deflated because Pulisic only averaged 78 mins per game in that stretch. In a win-or-go-home World Cup match, we’d have to imagine that they’ll juice as much out of him as possible. 

That point is proven by the fact that he's played all 90 mins in each game so far this World Cup.

3. Walker Zimmerman LESS Than 84.5 Passes Attempted 

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Walker Zimmerman’s ‘passes attempted’ projection seems high upon first sight, but numbers can be deceiving. Why would a lesser known American player have a higher ‘passes attempted’ projection than every other player on the board? 

Well, maybe it has something to do with him averaging 81.3 passes per game in this World Cup, combined with the fact that the USA is expected to dominate time of possession. The logic is that if he can accrue 81 attempts Vs. England, he will have every chance to exceed that vs a much worse Iranian team. 

However, people that picked LESS also have some convincing trends on their side. During the entirety of the Major League Soccer season, Zimmerman only attempted 51.2 passes per game on average. 

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