FIFA World CupIn this blog we will be taking a comprehensive look at the Wales national football team and their chances at the FIFA World Cup. Are you a supporter of the Wales football team? Check out betting tips and odds at LV BET Sportsbook and place your bets on your favourite team.

Wales will be competing in their second FIFA World Cup in Qatar as the first time was back in 1958 when they reached the quarter-finals. It has been 64 years since the last time Wales qualified for the FIFA World Cup. In the qualifying rounds, Wales secured their passage after beating Austria 2-1, which then set up a Final against Ukraine. Ukraine created plenty of opportunities but did not manage to convert any; instead Yarmolenko conceded an own goal which was the difference between the sides. 

Gareth Bale and his compatriots will be gunning to give some joy to the Welsh nation after a long time of waiting. 

Read on to learn more about:

  • Wales football team FIFA World Cup history
  • Wales road to Qatar
  • Wales squad
  • LV BET betting tips on Wales

Wales at the FIFA World Cup

Wales do not have a great rich history in the FIFA World Cup as they only participated once before. In the one and only appearance in the World Cup, Wales national team managed to go reach the quarter-finals, something that most of the competing teams have never reached. 

The 1958 FIFA World Cup was hosted in Sweden, with the Final being played in Stockholm. The format was different from the way we are used to nowadays. Four groups of four were to play against the other three teams, and the top two teams would then progress to the knockout stage since there weren’t many teams involved; once teams made it out of their groups they fund themselves directly in the quarter-finals. 

Wales competed in Group 3 against hosts Sweden, Hungary and Mexico. In the opening game, Wales drew against Hungary thanks to John Charles equalising after Bozsik netted in the first five minutes for Hungary. Once again, against Mexico, the scoreline ended 1-1, this time, the Wales national team went ahead but were pegged back by a late strike from Belmonte. In the final game against Sweden, it was a 0-0 draw again. As both Wales and Hungary were level on points, they had to play against in a play-off, in which Wales won 2-1 and marking their first and only victory in a World Cup finals to date. 

In the quarter-finals, Wales faced Brazil, who were boosted by the rise of a young Pele. He scored the only goal as Brazil advanced to the semi-final. 

Wales successes and failures at the previous FIFA World Cup

As the Wales national team only featured in one World Cup prior to the one in Qatar, there is not much history of when they performed well and not. 

Wales national team will break one of the longest streaks when they make it to Qatar next November, it has been 64 years waiting, and all of Wales will be proud of the team and their efforts. 

The best and only campaign in the FIFA World Cup was back in 1958 when Wales reached the quarter-finals after they had beaten Hungary in the playoff game. John Charles will surely be remembered as being one of the best all-rounded players in the history of the U.K. 

Wales’ road to the Qatar 2022 World Cup 

The road to Qatar was a long one for Wales national team, as they came in second in their group, meaning they had to go through a play-off. In the playoff games, especially against Austria, the star man Gareth Bale scored twice to put his side one step closer to Qatar. Watch here as Gareth Bale showed his class with a wonderful free-kick. 

Against Ukraine, it was a bit different as Wales were under the cosh, with just 32% possession and three shots on target against the nine on target for Ukraine, but it was an own goal by Yarmolenko that broke Ukrainian hearts, much to the delight of the Wales national team. 

Who will Wales play against at the Qatar 2022 World Cup?

Wales football team will be playing in Group B of the FIFA World Cup, together with the USA, Iran and England, who are the favourites to win the Group. 

Wales will be eyeing the contests, especially against Iran and the USA, as the key fixtures that they need to win to qualify for the knockout stages. Gareth Bale and his teammates will need to be in perfect harmony to achieve such an achievement. 

The Wales national football team fixtures are as follows:

  • USA vs Wales 21 November 2022 20:00 AI Rayyan Stadium 
  • Wales vs Iran 25 November 2022 11:00 AI Rayyan Stadium 
  • Wales vs England 29 November 20:00 AI Rayyan Stadium

Wales squad for the World Cup in Qatar

Undoubtedly, the first name that pops up when you think of Wales is Gareth Bale, but for a team to have reached the World Cup finals, a great team is behind that success, not just one player. Wayne Hennessey will be between the sticks with Ben Davies, Neco Williams and Connor Roberts as the key defenders keeping the opposing attackers at bay. 

In midfield, the experienced Joe Allen, as well as Aaron Ramsey, will try and impose control whilst Harry Wilson and Brennan Johnson will try to create and spark some great attacking threat. 

Rob Page will be the man in charge of leading the Wales national football team players towards the World Cup finals. He is a Welsh football manager and former professional footballer, spending most of his career playing in the Premier League and the English Football League. 

Where to see FIFA World Cup 2022 matches in Wales?

All around Wales, there will be places where you can enjoy a nice meal whilst watching the Wales National team in action. Kick-off times will vary depending on the fixture, but all will be played in the late or early afternoon.

You will be able to watch all the action unfold in all FIFA World Cup license holders as well as bars and restaurants that own the rights to show the matches.

For more information, please visit the official FIFA website here

Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 tickets — prices, sale dates and tournament stages

For more information regarding ticket sales and accessibility tickets, please visit the official website here.

All tickets are sold in Qatari riyal (QAR) to both residents of Qatar and International fans.

FIFA World Cup round Category I Category II Category III
Opening match 2,250 1,600 1,100
Group phase 800 600 250
1/8 final 1,000 750 350
Quarterfinal 1,550 1,050 750
Semifinal 3,480 2,400 1,300
Match for 3rd place 1,550 1,100 750
Final 5,850 3,650 2,200

Betting tips and odds on Wales National team

Group B will be characterised by England, USA, Iran and Wales who will provide great entertainment as all games are competitive and everything can happen. 

England are the outright favourites to win the group as they stand at 1/3 (1.33) with the USA at 11/2 (6.50), followed by Wales, who are priced at 6/1 (7.00) to win the group. Iran are the least likely to win the group at 16/1 (17.00)

Bets on Wales National Football team at LV BET

In the first game for Wales, they will come up against the USA, who are slight favourites to win the game at 14/9 (2.55) whilst Wales are at 39/2 (2.95).

We hope that you have enjoyed reading a detailed overview of the Wales national team as well as their chances going into the Qatar FIFA World Cup. Thank you for your support. 

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