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FIFA World Cup 2022 : Wales vs USA Match Preview and Lineups

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SCHEDULE TIME
GAME Senegal vs Netherlands
DATE 22/11/2022
TIME 12:30 PM (Indian Standard Time)
ARENA Al Rayyan Stadium
LEAGUE FIFA World Cup 2022
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Match Preview of Wales vs USA

Wales will make their first appearance at a World Cup finals in 64 years when they face the USA in Al Rayyan in their Group B opener on Monday night.

This fixture will complete the first round of fixtures in Group B, an intriguing section involving England and Iran which could be very tight.

The US are back at the World Cup finals after missing the 2018 edition in dismal fashion following a defeat in Trinidad & Tobago in their final qualifier.

This time around, it was still a close run affair in a very difficult qualifying section where the top four nations were separated by just three points, but the USA managed to claim one of the three automatic spots, just ahead of Costa Rica.

Gregg Berhalter has raised a few eyebrows with his squad selection, leaving out a few players who have been regulars in the squad over the past few years, but after form had tailed off slightly in preparation for the finals, change was likely.

Following qualification, USA beat Morocco and Grenada while earning a draw against Uruguay, but a draw in El Salvador, only managed after an injury-time equaliser in the CONCACAF Nations League, plus defeat to Japan and a draw with Saudi Arabia in September friendlies brought some discontent.

Netherlands, meanwhile, head into the World Cup in excellent form under Louis van Gaal's management, having reached the UEFA Nations League finals for the second time in three campaigns.

While the fledgling competition's credentials are often questioned, all three of Oranje's Group 4 opponents - Belgium, Poland and Wales - will compete at the forthcoming World Cup, making their points tally of 16 from six matches appear even more impressive than first meets the eye.

The United States have reached the knockout round in four of their last seven tournament appearances, but they have failed to beat European opposition in their previous nine attempts, so if they want to progress this time, they will surely need to end that run with two UEFA nations in their group.

Wales' form coming into the finals does not offer much optimism either, as they have not won since sealing their place in Qatar with that 1-0 success over Ukraine in the playoffs.

A 1-1 draw with Belgium was the only point Rob Page's side managed in their recent Nations League campaign, as home and away defeats to Poland and the Netherlands saw them relegated from League A.

That was in major contrast to their form in qualifying for this World Cup, where despite losing their opener fixture with Belgium, Wales remained unbeaten in the following seven matches in the group to finish above the Czech Republic.

Our Predicted Lineups

Wales possible starting lineup:Turner; Dest, Zimmerman, Long, A Robinson; Adams, McKennie, Aaronson; Reyna, Ferreira, Pulisic

USA possible starting lineup: starting lineup:Hennessey; C Roberts, Ampadu, Rodon, B Davies, N Williams; Allen, Ramsey; Bale, Moore, James

Who will win the match?

We say: With England favourites to win the group, the fight for second place in the group could be extremely close, and neither side can afford to lose this crunch opener. Both sides have become heavily reliant on a few certain individuals to get them goals, meaning one piece of brilliance may be what decides the outcome.

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