Iran still have a chance of reaching the World Cup knockout stages as long as they can bounce back from a heavy defeat to England in their opening game in Group B.
Carlos Queiroz named a team with a back five against England it didn't really work. There is more onus on Iran to be a little more open against more favourable opposition when they face Wales and the United States in the days to come.
Here's a look at the XI the Iran boss could name against Wales.
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Iran predicted lineup vs Wales (4-5-1)
GK: Hossein Hosseini - Set to continue in goal in place of the concussed Alizera Beyranvand - hopefully for his sake he won't concede six.
RB: Sadegh Moharrami - Facing the pace of Daniel James could be a tough test after being run ragged against the Three Lions.
CB: Morteza Pouraliganji - Decent in the air but his distribution against England was poor and must improve so Iran can retain the ball.
CB: Majid Hosseini - The physical battle with in-form Wales striker Kieffer Moore could be a defining part of this one.
LB: Milad Mohammadi - Struggled so badly against England that he was hooked after an hour. Is another start in the offing? Possibly.
RM: Alireza Jahanbakhsh - An important source of creativity, Iran will rely on Jahanbakhsh to come good in the wide areas.
CM: Ahmad Noorollahi - Outclassed by Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice on Monday but will be more at home against Wales.
CM: Saeid Ezatolahi - Seemed to improve things when he came on against England and Queiroz may reward that endeavour with a start.
CM: Ehsan Hajisafi - The skipper could offer a little more in midfield with a tactical shift and greater numbers in central reas.
LM: Vahid Amiri - Could get a chance to start after not making it off the bench last time.
ST: Mehdi Taremi - Scored twice against England and is almost certain to keep Sardar Azmoun out of the team - that is unless Quieroz decides the pair need to play together.