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Wales and England meet in their final fixture of the 2022 World Cup group stages on Tuesday 29th November and what a match this could be.
Rob Page’s Wales would like nothing more to qualify for the knockout stages of their first World Cup since 1958 but close to that must be beating local rivals England on the big stage.
They don’t have the best of records against the Three Lions having lost all of their last five meetings in major competitions and only managing to score one goal in the process.
Wales did manage to give England a scare when they met in the group stages of Euro 2016 which is a game I remember very well. None other than Gareth Bale put Wales ahead just before half time from a stunning free kick after Wayne Rooney brought down Robson-Kanu 35 yards from goal. It was a moment to remember for Bale and Wales and also one to forget for goalkeeper Joe Hart who got his hands to the ball but was unable to keep it out of the net. However, second-half goals from substitutes Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge won England the match in the dying seconds of the game.
Date of Tips: 17/06/2022
Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (15:09 17/06/2022) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.
This may very well be a very nervy match for England and the pressure will be on them more so than their opponents. No doubt Southgate will instruct his players to retain possession as much as possible which may pay off if they get the first goal but should they go behind, his tactics will need to change.
England are 8/15 for the win, which when you look at the result of past meetings, is probably fair. However, with what is essentially a derby match, some may be slightly cautious about backing England at that price.
This really isn’t much of a betting game for me but as it’s one that many in the UK will be watching, I have picked out a few bets.
Under 2.5 goals is my first selection as I can’t see this game being end-to-end unless there is drama early on in the match.
Draw/England in the HT/FT market has some appeal to me also as I do think that England will start relatively slow and Wales will be looking to get their chances on the counter-attack with opportunities likely limited.
Finally, I’m backing a correct score of 2-0 England but expect them to leave it fairly late in the match to see the game out with any confidence.
Wales vs England team news and line ups will be published here once full World Cup squads have been announced.