The United States find themselves in Group B alongside Wales, Iran and England, in what is a very balanced group with all 4 teams being in the Top 20 in the latest FIFA Rankings.
List of USMNT fixtures at the World Cup:
- Nov. 21 vs. Wales - 2 pm ET
- Nov. 25 vs. England - 2 pm ET
- Nov. 29 vs. Iran - 2 pm ET
Gregg Berhalter’s men start their campaign against Wales on Nov 21st in what could be a game that decides who advances from the group alongside title-contenders England. The Welsh golden generation has qualified for only the 2nd time since the 1958 World Cup and at the age of 33, time is running out for their superstar Gareth Bale who could be playing his last World Cup here. Already the team’s all-time leading scorer, Bale has led Wales to a semi-final berth at EURO 2016, as well as the round of 16 at EURO 2020, so the fans back home are optimistic this team can at least qualify from the Group Stage.
After the game against Wales, the USA take on group favorites England in what is going to be the hardest match by far in the Group Stage. England just finished as runners-up at EURO 2020 and most oddsmakers have them currently at 8/1 to win the whole thing, with only 4 teams ahead of them. These two teams played a total of 11 times with England winning 8 matches, 1 of them finished in a draw and the United States triumphing on two occasions. The last time USA beat England in a competitive game was way back in 1993, a 2-0 victory at the US Cup. In the most recent meeting between the two teams England won 3-0 in a Friendly match back in November of 2018.
The 3rd and final match of the group stage will be played against Iran on Nov 29th. Surprisingly enough, the United States has never beaten Iran in a competitive match. The two teams played each other twice, Iran won 2-1 at the World Cup 1998, while 2 years later the two teams played a Friendly which ended in a 1-1 draw. Although Iran lacks the star power of England and Wales, the US team shouldn’t take this game lightly. They are ranked only 4 spots below USA in the latest FIFA rankings, which just shows how good of a team they have. You can get USA to win at Even odds to beat Iran in the 3rd match of the group stage.