Our betting experts at Ace Football preview the World Cup match between USA and Wales. Keep reading to get the latest team news, stats and betting tips.
The United States and Wales open up their respective World Cup campaigns against each other on Monday. The game is staged at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium.
This is the opening match of the World Cup group stage for both the USA and Wales, with both of them still upbeat. They’ll fight hard to come out the other end with a good result before facing the other two teams in the group. Wales arrive at their next away match as number 19 in the FIFA world ranking. Meanwhile, the USA are looking ahead to the game match as number 16 in the standings.
Whilst outsiders to go beyond the group, the USA will, of course, be looking to cause a surprise and grab a place in the knock-out round. Seeing them go even further, though, would be a serious surprise. Whilst outsiders to top their group Wales still seem to have a decent opportunity to at least qualify for the knock-out stage. Though a tough group, we certainly shouldn’t count them out.
Current position in the World Cup standings: USA vs Wales
Judging by the prices from the bookies we have a fairly even match on our hands when USA go up against Wales. Claiming three points in such a tough encounter could lay the groundworks for reaching the next stage, but it is a tough match to call.
Team form: USA vs Wales
USA failed to win any of their last three matches, though they gained a point against Uruguay in a 0-0 draw, before coming up short against Japan in a 2-0 defeat. Most recently, they settled for a 0-0 draw against Saudi Arabia. USA claimed four wins in their last 10 matches across all tournaments, while also drawing four along the way. They endured two defeats in this run.
Wales endured a tough spell in their last three matches, from which they have nothing to show. They were beaten 3-2 by Netherlands, before Belgium ran out 2-1 winners. A third defeat on the trot followed against Poland, who came out 0-1 winners. Wales claimed a modest two wins from their previous 10 matches across all tournaments. They drew three of the games, whilst losing five.
Betting facts for USA and Wales
Here are some facts that might be useful for placing bets on the upcoming game between the United States and Wales. The facts are based on the statistics from the last couple of matches that these teams played across all tournaments.
- In 16 of the last 18 USA matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
- The USA have not lost 8 of the last 10 matches
- In the last 3 USA matches the sum of goals was under 2.5
- The USA have not won the last 3 matches in a row
- In 9 of the last 11 matches Wales played, both teams scored
- In 9 of the last 10 Wales matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
- Wales have scored in 12 of the last 13 matches
- Wales have conceded in 10 of the last 11 matches
- Wales have not won 7 of the last 8 matches
Interesting players: USA vs Wales
Look no further than Jesus Ferreira, when searching for a marksman currently in good shape. He hit the target one time lately for the USA in the World Cup, while Brennan Johnson managed two goals in the last half dozen matches for Wales in this tournament. No doubt, both are looking to add to their total once again.
Popular betting markets: USA vs Wales
The USA claimed all three points four times in their last 10 matches across all tournaments, while also drawing four along the way. They endured defeat in two of the games in this run. Wales won two of their last 10 games, while drawing three and losing five in this series of matches. The States are on an amazing streak of now 25 games at home in a row without defeat.
Both teams to score
The USA scored the first goal of the match an impressive eight times in the last ten home games. Wales got the opening goal in five out of their last ten away games. The USA managed three wins without conceding a goal in their previous 10 matches across all tournaments.
Over 2.5 goals came out four times in the previous ten matches across all tournaments for the USA, who scored an average of 1.7 goals along the way. Over 2.5 goals came up in five of the previous ten matches which Wales played across all tournaments. They managed to score an average of 1.1 goals in these matches.
Suggested bet: USA vs Wales
To sum up, the upcoming match between the USA and Wales seems to be a good betting opportunity. Considering the above statements, we have come up with a betting prediction for this World Cup game.