The Three Lions are favourites in most Wales vs. England predictions although the Dragons should by no means be written off. Gareth Southgate’s side are looking to finish top of Group B but will need a win on Tuesday to guarantee the result.
Wales vs. England odds
1 – England to win – 11/20
2 – Winning margin of one goal – 13/5
3 – Under 2.5 goals scored – 4/5
4 – Both teams to score – 1/1
5 – England to win and under 2.5 goals – 5/2
Wales take on England on Tuesday night, looking to beat England for the first time in almost 40 years in an attempt to qualify from Group B. The Three Lions have been good value for their status as group favourites but will need a win here to secure top spot and a favourable path in the knockout rounds.
The Dragons’ last victory against their nearest neighbours came in 1984 thanks to a Mark Hughes goal, however, Rob Page’s side will be encouraged that this is arguably the nation’s strongest side since then. Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey may be getting older, but young talents such as Ethan Ampadu, Harry Wilson and Dan James have very much taken up the mantle.
Even so, it is hard to see Wales taking all three points at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium. In fact, the odds point heavily in England’s favour, with the Three Lions in strong goalscoring form. They made a statement in their opener, almost breaking their World Cup win record.
That having been said, it would be a surprise for Gareth Southgate’s men to enjoy such a prolific day against their opponents here. Rob Page’s side have proven themselves to be well organised and more than capable of sitting back and absorbing pressure.
Wales will look to frustrate their rivals and despite England’s status as heavy favourites, we predict that the winning margin may well be just one goal, as has been the case in three of the last five meetings. No more than three goals per game have been scored in the last six clashes between the sides so a wager on under 2.5 scored could well pay off.
Even so, with two teams full of attacking talent, the game should provide no shortage of entertainment. Bukayo Saka has been particularly impressive for England and is our tip to score anytime on Tuesday evening, with his pace in behind likely to present a particular threat for the Welsh back three.
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Wales vs. England last five matches
Wales last five matches
England last five matches
Wales top World Cup goalscorers
England top World Cup goalscorers
Wales vs. England line-ups
Wales (3-4-3) Hennessey; Mepham, Rodon, Davies; Roberts, Ramsey, Ampadu, Williams; Wilson, Bale, James
England (4-2-3-1) Pickford; Trippier, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Bellingham, Rice; Saka, Mount, Sterling; Kane
Wales team news
Rob Page has a number of injury doubts to contend with ahead of Tuesday’s game. Joe Allen may well be risked given the importance of the match, although Ethan Amapadu is more likely to return in midfield. Wales may field Gareth Bale as a false nine, with Dan James out wide in a swap from the draw with the USA.
England team news
Gareth Southgate will not be forced into any changes and tends not to opt for unnecessary rotations. However, with Harry Kane suffering that slight knock in the opening game, the England boss might look to rest the captain, with Callum Wilson receiving a surprise start.