In what is likely the game to decide one of Group B’s two qualifiers, the United States and Wales kick off their campaign with a critical matchup on the tournament’s first full day Monday. Visit our sportsbook to get the best World Cup markets and bonuses.
Under 2½ and Both Teams To Score – No (-120)
It’s rare that such an important fixture is played this early in the tournament, but with the USMNT and Wales expected to duke it out behind group favorites England, there’s a tense feel about this fixture. Both sides enter the tournament in a concerning form. The United States suffered against Japan and Saudi Arabia in a pair of brutal pre-World Cup friendlies that were deeply disappointing, while Wales have suffered three straight Nations League defeats and have failed to win since the short 1-0 success over Ukraine that secured World Cup qualification.
The front line of the USA needs to be disciplined in the away outing as they failed to score in four of the last five visits. A huge number of Wales’ players are already around the final years of their careers. Gareth Bale, in particular, has said that he is not completely fit for the World Cup, which could result in being a problem. Only 29% of USA’s competitive games since 2018 have resulted in both teams finding the back of the net so if you’re betting online expect a low-scoring affair.
Half Time/Full Time: Draw – Draw (+300)
Both of these teams pride themselves on being strong in defense and economical in front of goal which is why we’re expecting a close and competitive encounter. These countries played out a goalless draw in 2020 when they met for a friendly. We’re expecting another tight and tense match between these two sides and believe that the most likely result is a draw.
Both teams have similarly matched squads and will be desperate to avoid defeat in their opening game of Group B. Sergino Dest, Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic could be the three key players for the USA in this tournament, while Wales will be looking to Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Kieffer Moore to fire them to glory.
Both managers will be eager not to lose the opening game in what is going to be a tough group to get out of and a draw could be a result that both managers will be pleased to achieve ahead of a tough game against England and what should be a win against Iran. This should be a cagey affair with neither team looking to take too many risks, and Wales in particular will be happy to sit back and defend well. There’s great value backing a Draw/Draw match priced at +300 with the latest soccer odds.
Exact 1st Half Goals – 0 (+125)
Seven of Wales’ last eight competitive goals only two have come in the first half, while only one of the USA’s last seven goals in competitive games half come before the break. Opposing a high-scoring game makes plenty of sense. A draw would do each side a world of good with both having visions of the knockout stage. They will move the ball a lot in the first half but they won’t risk having an all-in approach and leaving gaps at the back so we will include this market in our soccer picks and parlays.