Wales and Ukraine meet Sunday to decide the final FIFA World Cup berth from the UEFA zone with the winners set to join the USMNT, England and Iran in Group B. Path A has seen the Welsh dispose of Austria and the Ukrainians eliminated Scotland earlier this week after their meeting was initially postponed due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. For both sides, it would be only a second World Cup appearance and a first for either one since the Blue and Yellow’s 2006 quarterfinal finish.
Here are our storylines, how you can watch the match & more:
How to watch and odds
- Date: Sunday, Jun. 5 | Time: 12 p.m. ET (noon)
- Location: Cardiff City Stadium — Cardiff, Wales
- TV: ESPN | Live stream: fuboTV (get access now)
- Odds: WAL +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 back in March and they warmed up for this one with a narrow 2-1 UEFA Nations League defeat to Poland after a much-changed lineup fell away in the final 20 minutes. The likes of Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen were kept fresh against the Poles with this game 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 fitness levels. It will not be easy for the UEFA Euro 2020 quarterfinalists, but they possess the quality to overcome the Welsh and stamp their ticket for Qatar.
This will be tight, I feel, but Ukraine is in much better shape than anybody expected them to be. Based on their performance in Scotland, they are arguably the favorites ahead of hosts Wales. A close win for the Ukrainians sounds about right, but do not rule out a Bale masterclass to take his team to the World Cup. Pick: Wales 1, Ukraine 2