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Wales Vs England Predictions Kyle Walker And Phil Foden May Start For The Three Lions

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Wales vs England is one of the biggest endgames of the final round of FIFA World Cup 2022. The former has had a rather disappointing time in the ongoing tournament as they have picked up only one point from their two games in this competition. Things got worse for Wales when they conceded two late goals from their other group opponent Iran in match day two thereby making it absolutely mandatory for the Dragons to win their upcoming fixture against England.

However, given that Wales xG in their last two matches hasn’t been over 1 (0.79 vs USA and 0.89 vs Wales) it seems almost impossible for them to score against the three Lions much less conquer them. In addition, a loss is outright a hard no for England as they have also only picked up four points from their last two games.

As it happens in the final round of the group stage, there are so many permutations that make most of the matches a nail bitting fixture including Wales Vs England.

Wales Vs England Lineups Recent News

Swansea’s midfielder Joe Allen could start for Wales from the first minute against England as he seemed to be fit in the previous game against Iran though having come in the 77th minute only. Nottingham Forest’s young forward, Brennan Johnson, and Fulham winger Daniel James have been strongly hinted to be in the starting lineups so as to add more force to Wales’ attack.

Wales forward Gareth Bale after losing the round two match against Iran at the FIFA World Cup 2022
Former Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale looking dejected after Wales lost to Iran in round two of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Reuters

The obvious absentee will be Wales first choice shot-stopper, Wayne Hennessey who is banned after receiving a red card in the 86th minute of the match against Iran.

As for England, Man City’s right back, Kyle Walker could be seeing some action or even the most of it. He missed the previous two matches due to a groin injury. Although Wales may not be that much of an attacking threat, considering the gravity of the match, England is expected to line five men at the back.

Southgate has been criticized from the beginning for not including City’s one of the aces Phil Foden in the starting eleven. But this time the 22-year-old looks probable to have his time from the start. Jordan Henderson is one other player who could be among the first men and so is Tottenham star forward, Harry Kane.

Wales Vs England Predictions

England knows they were lucky to get away with a draw in a match against the USA where statistically they were the bad team. Wales while so far not that threatening has no option but to create constant momentum in their front to test England’s defense continuously if they are to win and subsequently progress.

Wales, however, was comfortably outplayed on a handful of occasions by Iran who themselves aren’t famous for giving continuous threats to higher-ranked FIFA nations. They also had significant gaps in the midfield during some moments. Worth mentioning is Gareth Bale and co haven’t managed to win a single game in their last seven outings.

Manchester City attacking midfielder Phil Foden warming up before England's game against the USA
England attacking forward Phil Foden warming up on Nov 25, 2022. Reuters

History might also come into the factor here. England has won more than 65 percent of the total matches between the two nations. Furthermore, Wales is yet to defeat England in any major tournament. They have lost each of the five UEFA European Championship games against England since Nov 1966.

In the last match which was in a friendly format, England defeated Wales seemingly without a sweat by a scoreline of 3-0. Considering the recent forms of Wales, England does have the possibility to follow a similar nature of victory in the ensuing game.

We are betting on England to win this by more than two goals with a slight chance of Wales hitting them back at least one time.

Wales Vs England Recent Odds And Some Of The Men To Score First

England is more than just favorites to win the fixture against Wales with the odds of 4/9 (1.4). The Dragons just don’t seem to be the team to change history yet. They, therefore, have relatively fewer odds of taking the three points away from England at 7/1 (8.00). A draw that could see England’s progression to the last 16 has been kept within the possibility of 7/2 (4.50).

Kane’s ability to be on the scoresheet is almost undisputed despite failing to net a single goal in England’s 6-2 thumping victory against Iran. The Tottenham talisman is backed at 11/4 (3.75) to break the deadlock of this game.

The next probable man to draw the first blood of the game is Kane’s teammate and Chelsea’s summer signing, Raheem Sterling who has received the odds of 9/2 (5.50). Following him with respect to possibility is Arsenal’s striker, Bukayo Saka at 8/1 (9.00).

Muck like England’s Harry Kane, for Wales, their star forward, Gareth Bale is expected to hit the first goal of the match at 9/1 (10.00) which is a bit ahead of the probability given to his teammate, Kieffer Moore at 12/1 (13.00).

Wales Vs England Previous Meetings

Wales and England have met each other a total of 103 times. The best record, however, belongs to England who has been victorious on a whopping 68 occasions while Wales has managed to beat England only 14 times. A total of 21 matches have ended in a draw. Altogether the three Lions have netted 250 goals against their neighbor versus theirs 91. Speaking of the last ten meetings between the two, Wales has been victorious on only one instance however it was way back in May 1984.



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