United States Team Info – Can Pulisic Score Again?
The United States, who will be one of the co-hosts of the 2026 World Cup, will enter the World Cup for the 11th time in the 2022 World Cup. The champions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup of 2021 made their best run in the World Cup in 1930, when they reached the semi-finals. In recent times, their best run came in 2002, when they reached the quarterfinals. The United States qualified for the 2022 World Cup after finishing third in the CONCACAF qualifiers third round. They won 7 out of their 14 games, drawing 4 and losing 3. Despite the results, the United States scored a whopping 21 goals, but conceded 10, putting them on level points with Costa Rica, who came in fourth place because of goal difference.
The stand out players in the qualifiers were striker Christian Pulisic and defender Walker Zimmerman. Pulisic found the net 6 times, to put his goal tally up to 21, from 51 appearances. Alongside him, the United States can field Jordan Morris, Paul Arriola, Gyasi Zardes, or Timothy Weah in their attack. Behind the attacking players, the United States can use Keilyn Acosta, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, and Cristian Roldan, amongst others. In defence, they have players such as Tim Ream, John Brooks, DeAndre Yedlin, and Walker Zimmerman. In goal, they have Zack Steffen, as well as Matt Turner.
Wales Team Info – Gareth Bale Gets His Chance
Wales have only played in 1 World Cup tournament prior to 2022. This was in 1958, when the competition was held in Sweden. They managed to pass the first round, but were knocked out in the quarter finals by Brazil, who would go on to win the competition. Wales currently sit in 19th place in the football world rankings. They have yet to win any major international trophies, but they captured the attention of the world in the 2016 European Championships. They won the group stage, which consisted of the national teams of England, Slovakia, and Russia. They then beat Northern Ireland in the round of 16, and beat the favourites, Belgium, in the quarterfinals. Wales's dreams were put to an end by Portugal, who went on to win the European Championships.
The Welsh manager, Rob Page, has a few options for who he can choose for his main goalkeeper, including long-time goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, Danny Ward, or Tom King. In defence, Christ Gunter, Ben Davies, Connor Roberts, Ethan Ampadu, Chris Mepham Joe Rodon, or Neco Williams can be picked. Chris Gunter is the only one amongst those defenders who is over 30. In midfield, there is Aaron Ramsay, Harry Wilson, Joe Allen, Jonny Williams, Joe Morrell, Matthew Smith, and Dylan Levitt. In attack, they have Gareth Bale, who is also the captain, as well as Daniel James, Kieffer Moore, Tyler Roberts, Brennan Johnson, and more.
United States vs Wales Head-to-head
The United States and Wales have played against each other twice. Both of these matches were friendlies, with the United States winning the first 2-0 in 2003, and when the two sides met in 2020, they drew 0-0.
United States vs Wales Betting Preview
The results of the last match between the two sides was not really exciting, but given that they will be playing on the biggest stage of international football, the two sides may really have a go at each other this time. There are many different bets you can find on this match, and here we will explore some of those options.
This match can end in one of three ways: Wales can win, the United States can win, or the game can end in a draw. With double chance bets you will not have to predict one of the ways that the match can end but you can pick two. Odds will be offered on Wales to win or the game to end in a draw, the United States to win or the game to end in a draw, or Wales to win or the United States to win.
Draw No Bet
Draw no bet takes out the possibility of the match ending in a draw - so you can avoid losing money if neither team scores or there is an equaliser late in the game. You can bet on either the United States to win the game or on Wales to win and in either case if the game is a draw, you will receive your stake back.
Handicap bets have numbers which are either positive or negative, and these are added to the chosen team’s score at the end of the match. The team will have to win the match with the handicap in order for the bet to win.
If you place a handicap of -2.5 on Wales, this will require Wales to overcome the handicap and win the match by 3 or more goals. A handicap of -2 on Wales will require them to win the match by 3 or more goals as well, but if they only score 2 then your money will be returned to you as the result will be considered a draw. A handicap of -2.25 on Wales is halfway between the two, with your stake being split and half is put on a handicap of -2 whilst the other will be put on a handicap of -2.5. You will need Wales to win the match 3 goals ahead of the United States for your bet to pay out, but if they only win by 2, then you will cut your losses and receive half your stake back.
Just as there are negative handicaps, you will also find positive equivalents, which will be added to the chosen team’s number of goals and they will have to not lose by a margin greater than the handicap for you to win your bet.
Over/Under Total Goals
With this bet, you will have to predict how many goals the United States and Wales will score in their game. It uses the over/under format, meaning that you will not have to pick exactly how many goals will be scored, but merely define a range. If you think both teams will score many goals, you can bet on the United States and Wales to score over 4.5 goals. If you think the opposite, you can bet on the United States and Wales to score under 1.5 goals.
And Loads More
Your betting options on the match between the United States and Wales do not stop there. You will have countless bets at your disposal that can relate to any event that may or may not happen during the match. United States to open the scoring, Wales to win the first half, both teams to score, United States to lead after the first 15 minutes, Wales to score in both halves, Wales to keep a clean sheet, the United States to score 2 or more goals, are a few examples of the options you will have.
You may also be interested in checking out our match combo bets, where some of the selections listed above are combined with match bets, total goal bets, double chance bets, and more.
When you bet on the World Cup group matches, you should always remember to keep track of how much money you are spending. With the sheer volume of bets available, you should make sure you do not get carried away and end up overspending. If you need more council on the matter, you can rely on gambleaware.co.uk where there is a lot of helpful information.