England needs to avoid defeat to Wales by four goals to qualify for the knockout stages of the World Cup. Rob Page’s Wales team needs to win this match in order to advance from Group B; to do so, they will require three points and a dramatic change in goal differential. With four points from their first two games, England can nearly taste the round of 16, but there is still much to play for after the Three Lions lost to the USA in their second match.
Wales team news
Wayne Hennessey, Wales’ starting goalkeeper, will be out after receiving a straight red in his team’s loss against Iran. He is 35 years old. Joe Allen, the pivotal player in the middle of the field, could be ready to start against England after making his injury comeback as a substitute in that 2-0 loss.
England team news
The anxious wait for Harry Kane’s fitness to play against Wales is back for England supporters. Following the tie with the United States, the England captain has seen with his ankle bandaged up after suffering an injury there against Iran. The only other question is whether manager Gareth Southgate decides to rotate the team after their stodgy performance in their second game. There are no new injury concerns for Southgate’s team, though.
Wales vs England World Cup score prediction
Wales will have to put everything on the line to win this game since only a decisive victory will give the Dragons a chance to advance from Group B. Although Kieffer Moore’s aerial domination could pose some difficulties for England’s defense and even a 33-year-old Gareth Bale is still unplayable on his best days, in all honesty, the Three Lions should easily win this match. The gaps in Wales’ midfield have been very obvious in their opening two games, and as they push players forward in pursuit of goals, England should have plenty of room to take advantage of them.
Prediction: Wales 0-2 England
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