Wales vs USA Odds: Preview & Betting Predictions For Dragons' First Game

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Wales vs USA Predictions:

Wales will play their first World Cup game since 1958 when they take on the United States of America in Monday’s final encounter, and betting sites anticipate a close match.

Rob Page’s side qualified for the tournament via the European play-offs, beating Austria and Ukraine to book one of the 32 berths in Qatar.

The USA finished third in CONCACAF’s final eight-team group, making up for their failure to qualify for Russia four years ago.

The Americans are narrow favourites on World Cup betting sites at 11/8, while Wales can be backed at 9/4. Meanwhile, the draw is available at 21/10.

Who Will Win Wales vs USA?

There is reason to believe that this could be an absorbing encounter at the Al Rayyan Stadium. 

With England widely expected to finish top of Group B, especially after their 6-2 opening victory and Iran the favourites to finish bottom, the winner of this match will be in pole position to advance to the knockout stage.

Wales will be quietly confident of reaching the round of 16. Compared to their upcoming opponents, this group of players has recent tournament experience, having participated in Euro 2016 and Euro 2020. 

The USA regularly go deep in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, but that is not comparable to the World Cup.

This could be a game in which transitions are key. The USA will look to play with energy and dynamism, while a probable Wales frontline of Gareth Bale, Daniel James and Brennan Johnson contains an abundance of pace. 

The USA could outnumber Wales in midfield, but Page’s side will look to create overloads down the flanks.

These two teams are evenly matched. Wales have greater star power through the likes of Bale and Aaron Ramsey, but the USA operate well as a collective. 

However, Gregg Berhalter’s men have a disappointing scoring record on foreign soil, which suggests a lack of a ruthless streak when they are playing away from home.

Given the odds available, we believe a Wales win is a best bet on football betting sites for this encounter. 

Tip: Wales To Win - 49/20 With Bet365

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As we mentioned above, this game could go a long way to determining which of these two teams progresses to the round of 16.

Neutrals will hope that produces an entertaining affair, with neither side likely to settle for a draw.

There are some doubts over the USA’s scoring prowess, but that is not because of a lack of attacking talent. 

Christian Pulisic has not had as much game time at Chelsea as he would have liked, but that means he could be fresh for this tournament. The left-sided forward will cut onto his favoured right foot and take up dangerous positions in the final third.

Brenden Aaronson is another player to watch on the right flank, while Weston McKennie is known for his late runs into the box. 

Needless to say, Wales’ backline will not have it easy on Monday evening.

The same is true of the USA’s defence, though. The Americans lack aerial power, so Kieffer Moore will be a threat from set-pieces if he starts or appears off the bench. 

Centre-back is one of the weaker areas of this USA side, so Wales should be able to cause them problems. 

Betting apps are offering 21/20 on both teams to hit the back of the net and don’t be surprised to see that punt come up in this contest.

Tip: Both Teams To Score - 21/20 With William Hill

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Who Will Score For Wales Against USA?

Even at the age of 33, Bale is as important as ever to his national team. 

A move from Real Madrid to Los Angeles in the summer was supposed to increase the attacker’s minutes ahead of the tournament in Qatar, but he has not played as much as expected in MLS so far. 

Even so, Bale looks to be in good shape as Wales seek to reach the knockout phase of the World Cup, just as they did in 1958.

It is no exaggeration to say that without Bale, Wales would probably not be here. He scored a brace in a 2-1 victory over Austria in the play-off semi-finals, before notching the winner in a 1-0 defeat of Ukraine in the final. 

Bale is the man for the big occasion, and he relishes representing his country, something he will do for the 109th time on Monday.

We recommend backing Bale to find the back of the net anytime against the USA at 11/5 with Bet365

He will be taking all of Wales’ set-pieces and will be the man who the Dragons look to from open play too. 

What’s more, Bale has the ability conjure a moment of magic from nothing - an invaluable trait at a short tournament like this.

Tip: Gareth Bale To Score Anytime - 11/5 With Bet365

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