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World Cup 2022 Team Preview: Wales

The only time that Wales have previously qualified for the World Cup was in the 1958 tournament when they reached the quarterfinals. Our sportsbook is offering a great range of betting markets and props for the World Cup.

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World Cup 2022 Team Preview: Wales
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First World Cup Since 1958

Rob Page led his Wales side to their first FIFA World Cup since 1958 by eliminating a characteristically spirited Ukraine side by a slender one-goal margin. Gareth Bale’s deflected shot was the winning goal against spirited Ukraine.

The goal came less than a week after saying farewell to Real Madrid at the end of his contract, just a matter of days after claiming his fifth Champions League winners’ medal, Gareth Bale’s deflected shot was the winning goal against spirited Ukraine.

Wales hasn’t played at a World Cup since 1958. World-class players including Ian Rush, Mark Hughes, and Ryan Giggs failed to help their country qualify for the World Cup. Bale has made clear that he is not planning to hang up his boots any time soon after parting ways with Real Madrid to make a move to Los Angeles FC in MLS. He is aiming to play for Wales at Euro 2024 in Germany and possibly the 2026 World Cup in North America. Expect him to play in every match at the World Cup and include him in your soccer picks and parlays, because there’s no doubt that Bale is still capable of being the man to make all the difference for Wales.

Wales will now prepare for the USMNT in their opening game at the World Cup on November 21, before facing Iran and England in Group B. The last time they participated in a major tournament was at Euro 2020, where they lost to Denmark in the round of 16.

Tough Group

World Cup 2022 Team Preview: Wales
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Wales was drawn into Group B together with England, the USA, and Iran. Their biggest foes on the pitch will definitely be England. One thing can be certain, beating England will be very hard but in case it happens, it will be their biggest accomplishment and it won’t matter what they will do in the other two games.

The other two teams are much more beatable and offer significant hope for Wales to escape the group, whether they top it or finish as runner-up. The USA is ranked 15th in the World only three places above Wales while Iran is sitting three places below.

Wales has already faced some stern competition just to reach the World Cup, like Belgium, Austria, and Ukraine but no matter how their path unfolded, competition is going to be fierce. All teams involved will want it just as much as Wales do. They are second favorites to make it out of their group being priced at even money with the latest soccer odds. The winner of group A will play the runner-up of group B so in case they finish second they will probably face the Netherlands in the knockout stages.

Talented Squad

Wales have made impressive strides in their football within the last decade. They reached the semi-finals at Euro 2016. They had a brilliant experience at the first edition of The UEFA Nations League, and a round of 16 at Euro 2020. They have made remarkable progress in football. Gareth Bale will lead a young Welsh squad fully packed with talented players who are performing at the highest level in the top European leagues.

Experienced Aaron Ramsey from Nice, Daniel James from Leeds, Wayne Hennessey, Brennan Johnson, and Neco Williams from Nottingham, Ethan Ampadu from Spezia, Ben Davies from Tottenham, and Rabbi Matondo from Rangers are just a few of Wales’ players who are ready to deliver for their country. If you’re betting online and you’re supporting Wales don’t expect too many goals in their games.

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