USA Stats & Form
Team USA missed the last World Cup meaning that in Qatar they will play with a chip on their shoulder. The Yanks are developing their game year in and year out and they can definitely be the Cinderella story of the upcoming World Cup.
Team USA finished third in the CONCACAF qualifications right behind Canada and Mexico. USA had 25 points as many as Costa Rica and just because of the better goal differential, they escaped the Playoffs and booked their ticket for Qatar right away.
Team USA has five wins in the last 10 games with 3 draws and two losses to Costa Rica and Canada.
Coach Gregg Berhalter took off the team in 2018 and he finally has a group that seems ready for big accomplishments.
Christian Pulisic from Chelsea and Giovanni Reyna from Borussia Dortmund are the top names in the US offensive line and a lot will depend on their scoring average.
The 24-year-old midfielder Weston McKennie who plays for Juventus is another rising star who will be under huge pressure to perform well at the World Cup.
USA played in seven consecutive World Cups since 1990 but missed the competition in 2018. They made the semi-finals at the first World Cup in 1930 and their best result since then is the quarterfinals in 2002.
Wales Stats & Form
Wales qualified for the World Cup for the first time after 64 years and they have a reason to believe that they can do much more than just participate in Qatar.
Wales finished second in Group E of the qualifiers with 15 points, five less than Belgium. They had only one loss in 8 group matches with 4 wins and 3 draws.
In the Playoffs, Wales first defeated Austria by 2-1 and then defeated Ukraine by 1-0 to book their ticket for Qatar.
Wales has only one win in their last six games but that doesn’t mean they are not in good shape for the World Cup.
Gareth Bale is still one of the best players on the planet and this competition will be the crown of his brilliant career. He is the kind of player that can decide any match with a single move which means that Wales will have a chance to advance from this group.
This will be Wales’ second participation at the World Cup after they made their debut in 1958.
USA vs. Wales Head-to-Head Stats
These two teams have previously played two friendly games. The last one in 2020 ended up 0-0 while in 2003 it was 2-0 for the USA.
USA vs. Wales Betting Odds
According to the odds, this one will be a pretty close game with the odds of US win at 151, for Wales’ win at 195 and a draw at 216.
The total goals margin is set at 2.5 with 141 for over and -176 for under.
Gareth Bale will have a chance to lead his nation to their first World Cup after more than half of a century and they will start the competition against the country where he currently plays. Both USA and Wales will get into this game seeing a chance to find their path to the knockout phase with a win. That will not be easy for any of them and both teams will make sure they do not allow an early goal. In 8 of the last 10 USA games one of the teams failed to score and that will probably be the case in this one as well. Wales is also a team that can lock up on the defensive end meaning that this game will stay under 2.5 goals.