Wales vs USA

Wales welcome USA to Liberty Stadium, Swansea in the first international friendly between these two teams since 2003. 

Wales head into this match without manager, Ryan Giggs after he was suspended from duty due to an alleged assault, whilst USA are making their first-ever away trip to face the Welsh club.

 

Team News

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Ben Cabango is ruled out for Wales after withdrawing from the squad following a hamstring injury which kept him out of Swansea’s defeat at Norwich on Saturday.

Aaron Ramsey is also out of this month’s fixtures after suffering a thigh injury on club duty for Juventus in their Champions League win over Ferencvaros last weekend.

USA have no fresh injury concerns despite Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic being the only player snubbed from the preliminary squad selection due to a hamstring injury.

Werder Bremen has withdrawn Josh Sargeant due Coronavirus related travel reasons in Germany.

 

Stat Attack

  • Wales lost the only previous meeting against USA in May 2003, losing 2-0 in a friendly in San Jose as second-half goals from Landon Donovan and Eddie Lewis secured victory for the Americans.
  • This match represents the first-ever away match of any senior USA team against Wales.
  • Wales have won two of their last three home friendlies (W2, L1).
  • USA have won just one of their last five proper away friendlies dating back to May 2016 (W1, D2, L2).
  • Wales are unbeaten in their last seven home matches across all competitions (W6, D1).

 

Prediction

With Ryan Giggs absent, there is no excuse for Wales to not perform because if they can dig deep against a spirited Bulgaria team and claim a clinical win, the pressure will be on to build from that performance last month as they take on an fairly youthful USA team.

USA however do boast a manager who likes to play attacking football from the back so Wales will need to be wary of any swift counter-attacks if get sucked in too deep, especially given their superior experience compared to the American squad.

Patience will ultimately be key here but if Wales can show their clinical edge and deliver a strong display now Gareth Bale is back in the squad, they should record a routine win.

Prediction: Wales 2-0 USA

Result: Wales 0-0 USA

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