The United States go up against Wales in a game played out at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Qatar on Monday at 10pm local time. The upcoming clash will be their first outing in the World Cup. This is the opening match of the group stage for the USA and Wales with both aiming to secure a good start to the tournament standings. Everyone knows this could be pivotal for a strong tournament. USA are number 16, while Wales are number 19 in the FIFA world ranking.
The USA are expected to at least challenge for a place in the next round. Seeing them go deep is perhaps a stretch, but qualifying in second place would not be a big upset. 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.
USA VS Wales Match predictions
USA VS Wales Betting Tips
In their last 10 matches across all tournaments the USA won four times, drew four and lost two times. Wales claimed two wins, drew three times and lost five in their last 10 games across all tournaments. The States have really struck gold when it comes to home form, having not lost any of their previous 25 matches at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium. Check out our guide for more FIFA World Cup betting picks.
Over 2.5 goals was a winning bet in four of USA’s past ten matches across all tournaments. They scored 1.7 goals on average along the way. Over 2.5 goals appeared in five of the last ten matches that Wales played across all tournaments. They scored 1.1 times on average in the process.
The Stripes and Stars scored the first goal of the match an impressive eight times in the last ten home games. Interestingly, Wales scored the opening goal of the match just three times in their last ten games. Wales managed the first goal of the game in only three of those 10 previous games played. Meanwhile, the US were first on target in four of their last 10 outings.
USA VS Wales Stats
- In 16 of the last 18 matches that the USA played, the sum of goals was under 3.5
- The USA have not lost 8 of the last 10 matches
- In the last 3 matches for the USA, 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
USA VS Wales Form
The USA have been too mediocre in their last three matches, where a win has failed to come their way. Against Uruguay, they gained a point in a 0-0 draw, before coming up short against Japan, who ran out 2-0 winners. Lately, they managed to steal a point in a 0-0 draw with Saudi Arabia. The States 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. When it comes to goal-scoring the USA could be more prolific, scoring 17 times in their previous ten games. That is an average of 1.7 goals per game in which, they conceded six times. This is an average of 0.6 a game, achieving a clean sheet six times.
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 two wins in their last 10 matches across all tournaments, while also drawing three along the way. They endured defeat in five of the games in this run. Wales hit the target 11 times in the last ten outings, which creates an average of 1.1 goals goals a game. They conceded 1.4 goals per match for a total of 14 against, while claiming a clean sheet one time as well.
Should the States have any doubts whether they are in for a tough assignment this coming Monday, they simply have to look at the prices available at the bookies. This could be an encounter decided by the smallest of errors and not necessarily in favour of the Stars and Stripes.