Wales will make their return to the World Cup after an absence of over 60 years on Monday evening. Their opening night assignment may be their biggest in Qatar, as they clash with USA, who are their most likely rivals to finish second in Group B.
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There will be a historic return to the World Cup for Wales on matchday one in Group B on Monday evening. The Welsh haven’t participated at a World Cup since 1958, as they reached the quarterfinals. Therefore, for most the players involved against the United States, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
However, Wales are in Qatar on merit, as they are fully deserving of their place at the World Cup. They enjoyed a strong group stage run, but they eventually needed the playoffs to ensure their spot. In the biggest game played in Wales for over 50 years, it was the Welsh that progressed to Qatar, as they narrowly beat Ukraine 1-0. However, since then, Wales has failed to win their previous five, conceding nine goals.
The United States are the current favourites to progress from Group B alongside England in Qatar, and this could be their best opportunity in many years for a strong run in the World Cup. They boast a very exciting young squad of players, with the majority playing in some of the most competitive leagues across Europe.
However, like Wales, their recent form has also been relatively weak. Since a 5-0 win against Grenada in July, the States are without a victory in their previous four international fixtures. Their previous two display will likely be the most concerning, as they were beaten 2-0 by Japan, before being held to a 0-0 draw by Saudi Arabia in September.
USA vs Wales Head to Head
This will be the third international meeting between the USA and Wales. USA won the first meeting between the nations in 2003, before the latest ended in a 0-0 draw in November 2020.
USA vs Wales Prediction
This could be one of the biggest games in Group B, as both Wales and USA have dreams of reaching the knockout round at the World Cup. Therefore, we could see it being a cagey match between the two nations, with the end result likely to be a draw.
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