USA and Wales begin their Group B campaign with a late kick off in Al Rayyan. Both of these teams will realistically fancy their chances of progression, although they may have to usurp England for top spot.
Wales needed a play-off victory to secure their place at this tournament. It’s their first appearance at the World Cup since 1958, although they have qualified for each of the last two European Championship and managed to progress to the final four in 2016. Rob Page will be relying on Gareth Bale to sprinkle some star quality with the former Spurs and Real Madrid currently plying his trade in the US with Los Angeles FC.
The USA have far more World Cup experience than their hosts and despite not qualifying for Russia 2018, they have been present at six of the last seven tournaments. The USMNT have managed to progress to the knock-out rounds in four of their last six appearances and will be quietly confident of defying their pre-tournament odds.
10Bet have made the USA favourites for this tie at 6/4, however, Wales are fairly accomplished at overcoming underdog status. Rob Page’s side can be backed at a generous 2/1 with Bwin and having avoided defeat in each of their opening group matches at Euro 2016 and Euro 2020, they are not to be underestimated.