Wales and Ukraine meet on Sunday to decide the final FIFA World Cup berth from the UEFA zone. The winners are expected to join the USMNT, England and Iran in Group B. Path A saw the Welsh rid themselves of Austria and the Ukrainians knock out Scotland earlier this week. after their reunion was initially postponed due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. For the two teams, it would only be a second participation in the World Cup and a first for either since the quarter-final of the Blue and Yellow in 2006.
Here are our scenarios, how you can watch the game and more:
How to watch and odds
- Date: Sunday June 5 | Time: 12 p.m. ET (noon)
- Location: Cardiff City Stadium — Cardiff, Wales
- TV: ESP | Direct: fuboTV (access now)
- Odds: WA+163; Draw +188; UKR +188 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
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Wales: Rob Page’s men beat Austria 2-1 thanks to a Gareth Bale brace in March and they warmed up for this one with a narrow 2-1 UEFA Nations League loss to Poland after a line-up very modified collapsed in the last 20 minutes. The likes of Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen were kept cool against the Poles with this match in mind.
Ukraine: An emotional night in Glasgow ended with Oleksandr Petrakov’s men beating Scotland 3-1 thanks to goals from Andriy Yarmolenko, Roman Yaremchuk and Artem Dovbyk. The Ukrainians were motivated, well organized and surprised the tartan army with their impressive level of fitness. It won’t be easy for the UEFA Euro 2020 quarter-finalists, but they have the quality to defeat the Welsh and secure their ticket to Qatar.
It will be tight, I think, but Ukraine are in much better shape than anyone expected. Based on their performances in Scotland, they are arguably the favorites ahead of hosts Wales. A narrow win for the Ukrainians seems about right, but doesn’t rule out a masterclass from Bale to take his side to the World Cup. Take: Wales 1, Ukraine 2