With the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar about to begin, the largest football event in the world is just around the corner. With the World Cup being played in the winter for the first time, it is a special competition. However, the levels of excitement and intrigue are unchanged from before. The campaign promises a tonne of tantalising action, great goals and plays, and a tonne of priceless memories at the finish.
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On Monday evening in group B, the United States and Wales will begin their trip at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The international stage, and the World Cup in particular, are currently the centre of the football world’s attention and emphasis. Wales and the USA were both absent from the previous tournament in Russia, but they are both back this time with strong teams and a good chance to pull off some significant surprises. Here are some key battles to look out for in the game.
Christian Pulisic vs Ben Davies
Although, midfielder Tyler Adams has been named the captain of the USA National Team, Christian Pulisic undoubtedly remains the most impactful player in the team. The young pacey winger has been on the global scene for quite a while now and carries much of his nation’s hopes on his shoulders. USA will be relying on their attacking prowess of which Pulisic constitutes a key part.
Tottenham Hotspur defender, Ben Davies will be the leader of Welsh defence. Davies is a seasoned campaigner and his experience will come in handy for the national team. Although, capable of playing as a left back, Davies is expected to play as a centre back in the three at the back setup for Wales. His battle against Pulisic should be a treat to watch for the viewers.
Sergino Dest vs Gareth Bale
Sergino Dest is easily the most recognizable name in the US defensive line. The right back was recently declared fit to participate in the World Cup, handing a major boost to the Americans. He will be accompanied by more experienced names in Walker Zimmerman and Aaron Long in defence. However, Dest’s ability to go forward and be a threat in transitions makes him one to watch out for.
Gareth Bale and Wales are two names synonymous with each other. Over the years, the winger has been agonizingly close to World Cup spots only to suffer disappointments. However, Bale has finally got the chance to participate at the biggest stage. Though, his best days are behind him, no one can doubt the ability of Welshman when he is motivated and in proper spirits for his country.
Weston McKennie vs Aaron Ramsey
Like Dest, Weston McKennie was also recently declared fit to take part in the World Cup. McKennie will provide a freshness to the US midfield. He has been a key part of the Juventus midfield ever since joining them in 2020. Undoubtedly, he will be a key member for USA in the most important area of the pitch.
Aaron Ramsey is heading towards the twilight of his extraordinary career. Playing for OGC Nice in the Ligue 1, Ramsey hasn’t enjoyed the best of seasons scoring only one goal so far. However, his importance for the Welsh midfield can’t be doubted where he will provide the necessary experience to guide the team throughout.