Updated: Nov 14, 2022
After a dramatic qualifying run and much euphoria, Wales has reached their first World Cup finals tournament since 1958.
The team has seen a remarkable turnaround in the last decade, being placed 117th in the FIFA rankings as recently as 2011. They have now qualified for three of the last four major tournaments.
Gareth Bale has been praised as the driving force behind this resurgence. He is now nearing the back end of his career and has recently left Real Madrid, with whom he won five Champions League titles.
However, his passion for his nation never fails, and his performances in the red shirt of Wales have a large part to play in why they have qualified for their first World Cup in 64 years.
Wales have often had superstars like Bale, but it is their newfound squad depth and consistency in other areas of the pitch that has been the true marker of recent success.
Wales Team Odds To Win World Cup
Wales are in the middle of the pack when it comes to the outright tournament odds, yet very much as outsiders, is currently priced at 125/1 (+12500) to lift the trophy.
Despite the momentum behind them and the country’s unwavering support for their team, Wales winning the 2022 World Cup would be something of a sporting miracle.
However, with the ability that they have and the belief they have found in qualifying, you would not write them off – especially after they reached the last four of Euro 2016.
Wales will go into Group B with British rivals England, Iran, and the USA. With the talent available to England, it is understandable that they are the favourite to win the group. Behind them are the USA, then Wales as the third favourite, priced at 5/1 (+500).
To make it out of Group B at all, Wales is priced at 11/10 (+110).
At the European Championship in 2016, Wales met England in the group and were unlucky not to come away with anything after a late Daniel Sturridge winner for England.
Despite England’s superiority, anything can happen when there is the added passion of a fierce rivalry.
In their only other World Cup appearance, Wales reached the quarter-finals, and they will be hoping to repeat this feat in Qatar.
How To Bet On The Welsh Team In Qatar
Before the start of the World Cup in Qatar this winter, you might want to start considering some of the bets you could place on Wales.
There are many different types of markets that will be available to you to bet on.
It is important to understand all the different types of bets you can make so that you can maximise your chances of winning.
To help you through this process we have put together a list of the most common and popular types of bets that you will be able to use to wager on Wales at the World Cup.
Player Prop Bets
During a Wales game, you may wish to bet on some aspect of Gareth Bale’s performance. This could be for him to score a hat-trick, to score first, or even to receive the first yellow card.
These would be examples of player prop bets, which are bets on a specific player’s individual performance during any given match.
Team Prop Bets
When Wales plays, you may wish to bet on some aspect of the team’s performance. This could be for them to concede at least one goal or to keep a clean sheet.
These are team prop bets. What you bet on does not have to be directly related to the outcome of the game.
If Wales were to keep a clean sheet, they could still win or draw the game.
The Asian handicap is an interesting type of bet with which you may want to experiment.
This market brings the odds closer together by giving the favourite for a certain match a handicap.
This bet eliminates the possibility of a draw. This means that with the handicap applied one team is leading by a certain number of goals from kick-off.
For example, Wales will be the underdogs when they play England in Qatar. The handicap for this match could be two and a half goals, with England on -2.5 goals and Wales on +2.5 goals.
With the handicap applied, whichever side scores the most goals is the winner. You can bet on England to win with a -2.5 goal handicap or Wales to win with a +2.5 goal handicap.
If you bet on England to win with the handicap and they easily beat Wales 3-1, you would still lose your wager.
When Wales plays Iran at the World Cup, you may expect there to be a lot of goals. You could place a wager on there to be more than 3.5 goals scored during the game.
This is a goal lines bet, which allows you to bet on the total number of goals you think will be scored during this game.
When Wales plays the USA at the World Cup, the bookmaker might predict there to be a total of four goals scored during the game.
Using a totals bet you could then make a wager on whether you think there will be more or less than four goals scored during this particular match.
How To Sign Up At Sportsbook & Place A Bet On Wales
In order to make use of any of these different types of bets, you first need to sign up with a bookmaker.
The first step is to find one that has good odds you like the look of or an enticing promotion that you could take advantage of.
Once you have found the right one for you, go ahead and register an account so that you can begin to bet on Wales.
Once you have an account and have found the bet you are looking to wager on, add it to your online betting slip.
We have outlined a five-step process to help you do just that.
- Choose and select the odds you would like to bet on before adding them to your betting slip, which will appear on-screen.
- Work out how much money you would like to use for your bet and enter the figure into the appropriate area on the bet ticket screen.
- Deposit enough money into your account to make the bet before finalising.
- You can now hit the ‘place bet’ button or similar. You will receive a confirmation on your on-screen betting slip
- Before the end of the game you could be offered cash-out options, so keep an eye on your betting slip throughout the 90 minutes.
Wales Team Overview For Qatar
Wales have qualified for only their second-ever World Cup tournament and their first since 1958.
Before 2016 they had never even qualified for the European Championship, but Wales has now reached three of the last four major tournaments.
It has been a truly remarkable turnaround for the team in recent years.
Support for the country’s football team is at an all-time high which is understandable after 64 years of missing out on the biggest international tournament in football.
Their World Cup play-off win against Ukraine has been hailed by the players and pundits as singularly the greatest day in the history of Welsh football.
Key Football Players
Wales has often had great players like Gareth Bale, Ryan Giggs, and Ian Rush. But it is the consistency across the pitch and squad depth that separates this Welsh team from any other in the past.
Gareth Bale is the Welsh captain and their inspiration in attack. He is a global superstar and at one point was deemed the best player in the world behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
After a truly breathtaking final season for Tottenham, he earnt a move to Real Madrid for a then-world-record £85.3 million.
He has since won five Champions League trophies and three La Liga titles with the Spanish giants.
However, despite everything he did for the club the Spanish press were never hesitant to criticise his lifestyle, performances, and penchant for golf, with Bale moving on to LA FC earlier this year.
But when he plays for Wales, he always receives love and admiration from everyone in the country.
He is their all-time record goal scorer and is only one cap away from joining Chris Gunter on the most appearances for Wales.
Joining Bale in attack is the speedy Dan James, who plays for Fulham.
The creativity and pace of Bale and James pair well with the physicality of striker Kieffer Moore, who is a strong, tall player who can hold the ball up and get on the end of any cross.
Vice-captain Aaron Ramsey is the focus in midfield. Although he has not played much club football for Rangers this year, he is always a consistent performer for Wales and an ever-present feature of their midfield. He spent most of his career at Arsenal before moving to Italian giants Juventus.
Harry Wilson is another important player in the Welsh midfield, who earnt promotion to the Premier League with Fulham last season. With a wand of a left foot, he can create and score goals in equal measure and is a set-piece specialist.
Ben Davies plays in defence and enjoyed a successful career with Tottenham over the years, qualifying for the Champions League.
Joining him at the back is Tottenham team-mate Joe Rodon. Although Rodon does not frequently play for his club side, he is another player who is a consistent performer when called upon by his country.
The big concern for Wales is the fitness of Swansea’s Joe Allen, who is facing a race against time to overcome a hamstring problem.
Meanwhile, Rangers midfielder Tom Lawrence has been ruled out until after the World Cup whilst Rhys Norrington-Davies will also not be fit for selection.
Coaching & Technical Staff
Rob Page is the current caretaker manager for Wales as head coach Ryan Giggs is in the middle of court proceedings.
Page was previously the assistant manager and has since taken charge of the team in Giggs’ absence.
He has been involved with the Welsh national team since 2017, previously coaching various youth teams.
As a player, he had spells at Watford, Sheffield United, and Cardiff, amongst other British teams.
Kit Symons and Alan Knill join the team as Page’s assistant managers. Tony Roberts takes charge as the goalkeeping coach with Tony Strudwick as the fitness coach.
Wales Team’s Road To Qatar
Wales was drawn into Group E of European qualifying. They came second in the group behind Belgium, who dominated proceedings winning six out of eight games and drawing twice.
However, Wales performed admirably and only lost once whilst winning four games.
They then went into the playoffs as one of the best second-placed teams and so were seeded for the semi-final draw.
They faced Austria in the first qualifying round and ran out 2-1 winners in Cardiff, with Gareth Bale scoring both goals.
They were again at home in the second round against Ukraine. This was a hard-fought battle with both teams giving absolutely everything for a place at the tournament in Qatar.
An Andriy Yarmolenko own goal from a Bale dipping free-kick gave Wales the lead in the first half. In the second half, Ukraine threw everything they had at the game, but Wales defended like heroes.
Late on in the second half Bale missed a big chance that would have put the game to bed. But this didn’t matter in the end as Ukraine couldn’t find a way through, with the game ending 1-0 to Wales.
Wales’ World Cup History
Wales have only played at the World Cup on one occasion in 1958. The team that qualified for this tournament has been deemed a ‘Golden Generation’ of Welsh football, but the current crop of players certainly has a case for this accolade.
The Welsh team put in good performances at the 1958 tournament in Sweden, drawing all of their group games and winning a play-off match against Hungary to face Brazil in the quarter-finals.
However, they lost this game 1-0, courtesy of a Pele goal. This was his first international goal at the age of 17 and it made him the youngest ever World Cup goal scorer.
Despite being drawn in a tough group this time around, manager Rob Page insists they are not there just to make up the numbers.
They certainly have the ability to progress from the group and even win a knockout game to reach another quarter-final.
Support for the Welsh team was dwindling as they tumbled down the world rankings in the 2000s.
However, the resurgence of the team since 2011 and their subsequent qualification for three major tournaments has reignited the passion of Welsh football fans.
After not seeing their team at a major tournament since 1958, the European Championship in 2016 was a dream come true for every Welsh fan.
The passionate support for the team that we have seen at the last two European Championships will only be amplified this winter in Qatar.