Our team selects their best bets from across Friday’s World Cup action, with Wales and England in action.
Football betting tips: World Cup 2022
2pts Both Teams to Score in Wales v Iran at 57/50 (Unibet)
2pts Senegal to keep clean sheet v Qatar at evens (Sky Bet)
2pts Under 2.5 Goals in Netherlands v Ecuador at 4/5 (bet365)
1pt Tyler Adams to be shown a card in England v USA at 10/3 (Sky Bet)
*Selected tips only, read full match previews for all selections
Wales v Iran
Wales look a touch short to get onside, with the 1X2 best avoided. Instead BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE looks like a runner once again.
A winner in our USA v Wales preview at a general 11/10, the comfortably longer price should be backed for this contest.
Iran may have been lucky to score twice against England but they did show flashes in attack, hitting the crossbar with a superb late chance.
Wales rarely looked comfortable in defense against the USA and have now kept just one clean sheet in their last 12 fixtures.
Given the context of the match, and the standout price, backing both teams to find the net is advised.
Score prediction: Wales 1-1 Iran (Sky Bet odds: 5/1)
Odds correct at 1400 GMT (23/11/22)
Qatar v Senegal
Senegal weren’t terrible in their 2-0 loss to the Netherlands, looking incredibly solid defensively until the 84th minute.
Up until that opening goal, the African side allowed just 0.44 xGA in what was an excellent defensive display, and that is something we see a lot from Aliou Cisse’s side.
The AFCON champions kept five clean sheets in seven games on their way to continental success, and they have a great chance of adding another shutout to their resume here, so backing SENEGAL TO KEEP A CLEAN SHEET makes great appeal.
The market is expecting very little in the way of goalmouth action with the Under 2.5 line priced as short as 4/7 and BTTS ‘no’ at 8/13, and while those prices don’t represent value, a clean sheet for the favorites certainly does at even money.
Score prediction: Qatar 0-1 Senegal (Sky Bet odds: 9/2)
Odds correct at 1145 GMT (23/11/22)
Netherlands v Ecuador
Ecuador are unbeaten in seven games since World Cup qualifying ended, keeping seven clean sheets in the process, while during qualifying they also held Brazil and Argentina to 1-1 draws, so they have the ability to nullify the Dutch here.
At the other end of the pitch though, they are far from prolific. In those same seven post-qualifying games, Ecuador managed to score just four times.
The Netherlands did a great defensive job on Senegal in their opener, limiting them to just 0.76 xGso we could witness a very cagey game of few chances on Friday.
That all means UNDER 2.5 GOALS makes plenty of appeal at a price of 4/5.
Add to all of the above the fact that a point probably suits both sides after opening game wins, and a low-scoring encounter could be on the cards.
Score prediction: Netherlands 1-0 Ecuador (Sky Bet odds: 11/2)
Odds correct at 1115 GMT (23/11/22)
England v USA
The 10/3 available on TYLER ADAMS TO BE CARDED provides big appeal based on what we’ve seen from him so far.
The midfielder was the best player on the pitch in their first game, and he had a real presence in all areas. His six tackles were the highest of any player on either side.
He also had three fouls – with only midfield partner Weston McKennie seeing more – and based on the officiating style he could count himself lucky that he wasn’t booked.
The Declan Rice/Jude Bellingham partnership for England means that the midfield battle is going to be a part of the game that grabs your attention. Adams should see a foul count around this figure again.
Score prediction: England 2-1 USA (Sky Bet odds: 13/2)
Odds correct at 1115 GMT (23/11/22)
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