The USMNT will be looking to build on their record of having reached the knockout stage on each of their last two appearances at the World Cup finals as they face a Wales side returning to the biggest stage for the first time since 1958.
The USA failed to qualify in 2018, but they made the Round of 16 at both previous editions, only losing in extra time to Belgium in 2014 and Ghana in 2010.
With the likes of Premier League stars Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams set to feature, and Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Dan James among the Dragons’ attacking options, the first match for both sides in Group B should be an entertaining one.
Want to know how to watch the game and the latest team news and betting odds? As with every 2022 FIFA World Cup match, we’ve got you covered.
USA vs. Wales live stream, TV channel
The match will take place at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, which has a capacity of almost 45,000 and is set in the historic rural district of Umm Al Afaei. Kickoff is at 10 p.m. local time.
|USA||Monday, Nov. 21||14:00 ET||FOX, Telemundo||fuboTV, Fox Sports app, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, Peacock|
|Canada||Monday, Nov. 21||14:00 EST||CTV, TSN||TSN app|
|UK||Monday, Nov. 21||19:00 GMT||ITV||ITV Hub|
|Australia||Tuesday, Nov. 22||06:00 AEDT||SBS||SBS On Demand|
|India||Tuesday, Nov. 22||00:30 IST||Sports18||Voot, JioTV|
|Hong Kong||Tuesday, Nov. 22||03:00 HKT||—||Now TV|
|Malaysia||Tuesday, Nov. 22||03:00 MYT||Astro, RTM||Astro Go, RTMKlik|
|Singapore||Tuesday, Nov. 22||03:00 SGT||Channel 5||MeWatch, Singtel, StarHub|
|New Zealand||Tuesday, Nov. 22||08:00 NZDT||Sky Sport||Sky Sport|
USA vs. Wales lineups
Fullback Sergino Dest (hamstring) and goalkeeper Matt Turner (groin) are doubts for the USA but midfielder Weston McKennie (thigh) is expected to be in contention.
Midfielder Luca de la Torre (hamstring) and attacker Josh Sargent (calf) missed club games in October but were deemed sufficiently fit to join the World Cup squad.
USA probable (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Turner (GK) — 2. Dest, 3. Zimmerman, 13. Ream, 5. A. Robinson — 6. Musah, 4. Adams, 8. McKennie — 21. Weah, 9. Ferreira, 10. Pulisic
Sheffield United defender Rhys Norrington-Davies (hamstring) and Rangers left winger Tom Lawrence (knee) are are both World Cup absentees for Wales.
Swansea midfielder Joe Allen has not played a competitive match since September 17, and despite his optimism heading into the World Cup, head coach Rob Page confirmed on Sunday that Allen would miss the opener against the United States. Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are both fit to play, Page also confirmed.
Wales probable (3-4-2-1, left to right): 1. Hennessey (GK) – 3. Williams, 4. B. Davies, 6. Rodon – 14. Roberts, 15. Ampadu, 10. Ramsey, 8. Wilson – 20. James, 9. Johnson – 11. Bale
USA vs. Wales odds, prediction
USA’s last seven games have produced mixed results, beating Morocco and Grenada but losing to Costa Rica and, on their current run of three matches without victory, suffering a 2-0 defeat against Japan in September.
The higher-ranked of the two teams by three places in 16th, they have drawn with Uruguay, Mexico, El Salvador and Saudi Arabia in 2022 and are marginally fancied with the bookmakers, who predict few goals in a game involving a Wales side who tend to be well-drilled.
Wales edged past Austria and Ukraine to reach Qatar, but they have struggled when they have stepped up in class, losing to Belgium, the Netherlands and Poland this year.
- Pick: Draw (+160)
- Prediction: 1-1
|Over/Under 2.5 Goals||+140 / -200||2.41 / 1.50||13/8 / 4/9||2.50 / 1.50|
|Both Teams to Score (Y/N)||+105 / -145||1.96 / 1.67||Evens / 8/11||2.05 / 1.70|
|USA -0.5 handicap
|+145||2.49||5/1 (-1)||5.75 (-1)|
|Wales +0.5 handicap