Based upon the proximity of the rankings of those involved, FIFA World Cup 2022 Group B is actually the most competitive of the tournament – although both the USA and Wales will fancy their chances of qualifying for the Round of 16; either together or, more likely, as runners-up to England.
The Americans are ranked 14th in the world, according to FIFA, and while a lot of their points are won in the below-average CONCACAF region, the increased exposure of their players to European football has improved their standard significantly.
As for Wales, this is a team whose success has been built around hard work, discipline and the world-class talents of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. But will that be enough at Qatar 2022? You can have your say at LVBet, where a vast selection of betting odds are available for USA vs Wales and every single World Cup game.
- How will the USA’s young guns fare?
- Can Wales end 64 years of hurt in the World Cup?
- USA vs Wales analysis and betting tips
- Where to bet on FIFA World Cup 2022 Group B
The American Dream
The USA needed goal difference to secure their passage through 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification automatically, as opposed to being forced to come through a play-off game against OFC regional qualifier New Zealand.
That would have been a huge relief for head coach Gregg Berhalter and his players, although the fact they won just 50% of their games in a competition that included the likes of Panama and El Salvador – who they dropped points too – perhaps does not bode well.
The Americans don’t travel particularly well either, and their formline on the road in their qualification campaign – W1 D3 L3 perhaps does not bode well ahead of their trip to the Qatar World Cup 2022.
But there’s some serious talent in this squad, with Christian Pulisic, Tyler Adams, Brenden Aaronson, Matt Turner and Antonee Robinson now all Premier League players, with Weston McKennie, Sergino Dest and Timothy Weah also impressing at Juventus, Barcelona and Lille respectively.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, it was Chelsea ace Pulisic that headed the goalscoring charts for the USA during qualifying for the World Cup:
Wales Going for the Kill In FIFA World Cup 2022 Group B
When the final whistle blew on Wales’ 1-0 win over Ukraine in the World Cup play-off game at Cardiff in June, it set forth celebrations scarcely seen in the country before.
This was the first time that a Welsh side has successfully made it through the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers since 1958, and for all their prowess in the European Championships in recent times, this is a level above as far as unbridled sporting joy is concerned.
Head coach Rob Page has built a team around the talismanic Bale and Ramsey, because other than a few exceptions, his players are currently plying their trade in the lower divisions of British football.
That shows the quality of the job that Page has done in galvanising his squad, and they finished second only to Belgium – ranked second in the world by FIFA – in their qualification group.
Play-off victories over Austria – thanks to a brace of goals from Bale – and Ukraine booked Wales’ place in Qatar, and they will surely sense an opportunity to progress beyond FIFA World Cup 2022 Group B, as they have done in the last two editions of the Euros.
But, as ever, they will be heavily reliant on Bale, who led the way for Wales in front of goal during qualifying:
Betting Tips and Odds on USA vs Wales in FIFA World Cup 2022 Group B
According to the USA vs Wales betting odds, this should be a tightly contested affair with the Americans just coming out on top.
But are they a false favourite, given their troubles away from home in qualifying? They have shown their big tournament pedigree by winning the Gold Cup in 2021, but that was played in the United States, so the jury is still out on how this young squad will fare in Qatar.
Of all the Qatar 2022 dates, this is perhaps the biggest of them all for Wales – victory here would surely see them through to the knockout phase of the World Cup for the first time since 1958.
Expect a tight, nervy and conservative contest given what’s at stake for both teams, and perhaps we shouldn’t expect too many goals as a result.
Fans of the USA and Wales can tune into this game in the UK via ITV’s TV channel and online platform.
Bets on USA vs Wales at LV Bet
If you are planning to have a bet on USA vs Wales, your best port of call has to be LV BET.
There’s great odds to explore across over 300 different markets, so whether you want to wager on the final result, correct score, goals or half activity, you’ll find these options and many more at LV BET.
All you need to get started is to sign up for an account!