Last Updated on November 21, 2022 2:07 pm by Gambyl Nation Editorial Team
Day 2 of the FIFA World Cup is upon us with the United States, Netherlands and England among teams in action.
The 2022 USMNT will take on Wales today in their first game since the World Cup, and we’re going to get a glimpse at how they match up against their neighbors from across the pond.
Qatari hosts were humbled by Ecuador on Sunday in the World Cup opener as an Enner Valencia brace lifted Gustavo Alfaro’s squad 2 – 0 for a deserved victory. Today we will take a look at how America’s most successful team has changed since last time these two met – – in 2014 when Clint Dempsey scored twice in front of his own fans against Welsh defenders before getting sent off late in the match after kicking an opponent at a corner kick.
The Game by the Numbers
- USA vs. Wales spread: USA -0.5 (+130)
- USA vs. Wales over/under: 2.5 goals
- USA vs. Wales money line: USA +135, Wales +230, Draw +200
- USA: USA has an 18-7 advantage in goals in its past 10 competitive games
- WAL: Wales has outscored its opponents 15-14 in its past 10 official matches
Why Bet on the USMNT
The United States Men’s National Team are +135 favorites on the money line (risk $100 to win $135) in Caesars Sportsbook’s latest USA vs. Wales odds.
Wales are +230 underdogs, a draw is priced at +200, and the over/under for total goals scored is 2.5
The United States men’s national team has been given a tough task in Group B with England and Iran also competing for points. The Americans have one of youngest rosters at World Cup 2022, which could prove problematic if they want any chance at qualifying for Davis Cup competition next year – – but first things first: They must beat Wales in today’s game.
Gareth Bale might not even play for Wales due to injury concerns but don’t let that distract you from America’s impressive roster consisting of players with top tier Europen clubs alongside Christian Pulisic who played against European teams such as Chelsea FC.
With the youngest roster in the World Cup, in addition to having multiple players competing in top European teams, putting your money on Wales could be a great move for early World Cup wagering.
Why Bet on Wales
Even though Wales haven’t played on the world’s largest stage in decades, they have plenty of experience against the top clubs.
The Welsh have been successful in 10 of their 17 matches since 2021 World Cup qualifying began with three wins, six losses with 14 goals scored against one conceded – that’s an average scoring rate of more than one goal per match.
They also boast several players who have experience playing against some of world’s best teams like Brazil, Germany, Italy, Portugal, France and Spain while playing at European Championships or Champions League competitions.
There is no doubt this team will be ready come game day.
USMNT vs. Wales Free Pick
Wales and the United States are likely to be playing it safe with England looming, and the Americans’ scoring woes don’t bode well for the prospects of fireworks in this Group B matchup.
In terms of FIFA world rankings, there isn’t a group at this World Cup tougher than Group B.
Four teams ranked inside the Top 20 will do battle, with the dream of reaching the Round of 16 in focus. Both teams know they need a result from this match with England still looming large, but will that lead to both teams playing it safe?
Neither team will want to lose and face off against England where they would almost certainly have to win to qualify for the Round of 16.
We expect a low-scoring, conservative and defensive battle.
We’re going to take the UNDER at 1.5 since this match could go to the United States or equallty Wales. Having said that, if Gareth Bale sits out the whole match and the US team hasn’t scored against World Cup opponents in 2022, and 11 of their last 14 matches against all opponents have seen two or fewer goals scored.