Both the United States and Wales will be looking to make up for lost time when they face each other in Qatar on Monday 21st November, with the United States missing out on the 2018 World Cup and Wales making their first World Cup appearance since 1958. The Welsh will be participating in only their 2nd ever World Cup and will be looking to make a good start to the tournament in this game. Expect it to be a tight affair with little to separate the two teams and both wanting to avoid defeat as they find their feet in the tournament. By the time the Group B games are concluded, points wise, it is unlikely there will be much between the United States and Wales and this game could define who makes it out of the group.
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The United States coach Gregg Berhalter will be mindful that his side’s youthful exuberance doesn’t become their undoing. The United States have some exciting young players going forward such as Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic and Leeds’ attacking midfielder Brendan Aaronson. However, out of those expected to travel to Qatar as part of the United States squad, there will be little if any previous World Cup experience. Going by recent form, Gregg Berhalter’s side doesn’t score many goals but also concede very few, with a steady run of 1-0 wins. Their qualification came through 7 wins from their 14 games, enough to secure them an automatic place in Qatar behind Mexico and Canada.
Wales reached the 2022 World Cup in dramatic style, with talisman Gareth Bale ending 60 years of hurt with a deflected free-kick, which was enough to see them through against Ukraine in their play-off tie. Wales proved to be resolute and were only defeated by group winners Belgium during their qualification, beating the Czech Republic to second place in the group. Coach Rob Page has since seen them relegated in the Nations League but they have remained competitive throughout a tough run of games, which saw them play the likes of Netherlands, Belgium and Poland. Wales will be hoping to snare second place in Group B, with the United States likely to be their biggest rivals. Wales will be relying on the considerable experience of both Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, neither stars at club level these days but both still pivotal for their country and likely to be the difference in advancing to the knockout rounds.
United States vs Wales betting tips
The United States and Wales are two closely matched teams, just 3 places apart in the FIFA rankings, and both teams will be looking to avoid defeat when they face each other in their opening Group B game. When it comes to our United States vs Wales prediction we expect this game to likely end in a draw. Both sides will want to feel their way into the tournament and therefore it is likely to be a cagey match where both teams could score. We can expect the United States vs Wales odds to be similar but if when the odds are released there is a clear favourite, placing a bet on the underdog is where we would be looking. If the United States vs Wales betting odds are favourable for a Draw as the Result & Both to Score, this may be a good low stakes bet.
If there are good odds for a result ending with under 2.5 goals, this too may provide a good value bet. Our United States vs Wales tips are simple singles on under 2.5 goals and Result & Both to Score for the draw.