Match Today: England vs Wales 29-11-2022 Qatar World Cup 2022
England and Wales face each other as Group B of the World Cup draws to a close.
Unless England and Iran v USA produce a winner, who progresses to the last 16 could get rather complicated.
A draw in this match would see England through but not as group winners if Iran beat the USA or the Americans managed to overcome the four goal difference between themselves and England. Defeating England could see them win the group but not if Wales beat them by four goals.
Wales would have to win this match to have any chance of qualifying, but would need to win by four goals if Iran's match against the USA ends in a positive outcome. Al Rayyan Stadium will surely host a memorable match as they face off against these neighboring countries for the 104th time in their history.
England vs Wales
England were disappointed in their 0-0 draw with the United States in their second group stage match. Criticism from manager Gareth Southgate is back in full force as fans level harsh accusations at the 52-year-old.
Fans may have some valid points though, as the amount of talent in this England side must see them perform far better than their current staggering form of just one win in their last eight matches. The flashes were there for the Three Lions, with Iran's 6-2 defeat in the opening match giving a glimpse of what this talented young side could do.
Wales were the second best team in most matches losing 2-0 to Iran in the second round. They made little progression forward, taking just three shots on goal despite having 62% possession.
The Welshman had previously had an encouraging goal-scoring streak, scoring in 12 of their 13 matches ahead of Qatar, but has since faltered in that regard. Now Wales manager Rob Page has seen his team fail to score in two of their last three matches, scoring just one goal during the extension period.
It was also an ugly run of results-wise for Wales, who have now gone eight matches without a win and five of which have ended in defeats. Things won't get any easier for them as they face an English side who are in fifth place in the FIFA rankings.
England needs to return to the defensive skills that have seen them concede only three goals in 10 World Cup qualifying matches. Wales have lost five times and drawn two of their last eight matches, with their last win coming in June 2022.
Wales has been kept off the goalscoring list in two of their last three matches, scoring just one goal in that time. England have won their last six consecutive matches over Wales, keeping five clean sheets.
England have edged Wales by an aggregate of 11-1 in their last six encounters, with their most recent meeting a 3-0 win in 2020. Wales are yet to score from open play in this tournament. Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey's red card in the last game saw him wasted, with Danny Ward appointed to replace him.
Otherwise, manager Robert Page has no new injury concerns to deal with and is expected to name an XI very similar to the one featured against the Iranians. Expect England to take on a strong Wales player to compromise possession and maintain their defensive form.
Wales will try to beat their rivals on the counter and will likely count heavily on moments of individual quality from players such as Garth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. Southgate's England side will have to find a way to break through the Welsh defence, and their opponents likely won't have many clear opportunities to work with.
Gareth Southgate is working with a fully fit squad to choose from after returning players such as James Maddison and Kyle Walker from injury. Walker could return to the starting eleven, taking over the right-back role from Newcastle's Kieran Trippier.
The manager will also make a decision on Manchester City star Phil Foden, who will press for a start on the wing after failing to feature in England's draw with the USA.