After two successful European Championship tournaments (especially the semi-finals run in 2016), the Wales national football team returns to the World Cup, 64 years after the country’s only appearance to date. Their first game will be against the USA. Here is a complete USA vs Wales betting prediction for the 2022 World Cup.
USA vs Wales
Date: 21 November 2022
Time: 19:00 (GMT)
Venue: Ahmad bin Ali Stadium (Al Rayyan)
The Wales golden generation is ageing. This is probably the last dance for Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. Still, what has made Wales a good to great national team is not individual talent, but the way all players play for each other and stick to the game plan. Within this system, Gareth Bale is special. He always looks superhuman when he wears the national team shirt. We know the saying. Wales, golf, Madrid. In that order.
Bale now plays in the USA. He won the MLS Cup with LAFC and he will now face some of his teammates in this USA vs Wales tie. He wasn’t a regular for his team in the MLS (he was vital in the Cup Final, with a goal late in extra time) but he won’t likely miss a minute of play in this World Cup.
The USA has an impressive array of players in the front third of the pitch. Giovanni Reyna, Jesus Ferreira, Timothy Weah will all fight for a spot behind Christian Pulisic.
Aaronson and McKennie are the midfield forces and the only concern is about the goalkeeper position. Zack Steffen was thought to be the favourite to be USA’s number 1, but he showed poor form in the matches he played for Manchester City this season, which left him out of the squad altogether.
USA (4-3-3): Turner; Dest, Zimmerman, Long, A Robinson; Adams, McKennie, Aaronson; Reyna, Weah, Pulisic
Wales (3-4-3): Hennessey; Ampadu, Rodon, B. Davies; C. Roberts, Allen, Ramsey, N. Williams; Bale, Moore, James
Wales is not the team it used to be. The USA has what it takes to prevail. It won’t be easy. An 1-0 win for the States is what I expect to see in this game.
USA vs Wales Pick: USA to win @2.40
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