Wales vs. Ukraine Qatar World Cup 2022 Qualifying Top Betting Picks

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Wales' midfielder Aaron Ramsey (L) celebrates as a shot from Wales' midfielder Gareth Bale (hidden) hits the back of the net in a game against Austria. Geoff Caddick / AFP

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Read on for this week’s Qatar 2022 World Cup betting advice, soccer analysis and free betting picks for Wales vs. Ukraine.

Wales vs. Ukraine

Sunday, June 05, 2022 -12:00 PM EDT at Cardiff City Stadium

Form, Mentality, and World Cup Qualifying Trends

  • Both teams have scored in Wales's previous five games.
  • Wales have conceded at least 1 goal in their last 4 home games.
  • Both teams have scored in 13 of Ukraine's previous 18 fixtures.
  • Wales is unbeaten on home soil since 2018.

90 Minutes Away From World Cup Status

This past Wednesday, the scenes in Scotland held a sense of solidarity we may never witness from another country competing in this year's World Cup, as Ukraine overcame adversity to deliver the Scottish national team a 3-1 defeat on their own turf. For obvious reasons, it's difficult not to be ecstatic for the Ukrainian fans, but they now must face a fresh Wales squad just four days following a hard-fought battle with the Scots.

Wales has been absent from World Cup competition since 1958, and they're now 90 minutes away from meeting with their British rivals (England) in the Qatar 2022 group stage. It's the final run for this decade of Welsh international stars, but can they accomplish the dream scenario and progress to Qatar?

A Nation United

Despite a lingering worry about their overall fitness levels, the visiting nation took a 2-0 lead over Scotland and held this stance for most of the game. However, as domestic competition is currently suspended in Ukraine, a significant number of players in the Blue and Yellow line-up haven't been in active competition for some time, and now they're faced with competing in two huge fixtures within a five-day time frame.

Of course, the nation of Ukraine is united more than ever since the invasion of Russia has taken place, and the spirit inside the locker room is unmatchable, but is this enough to give them a place in Qatar? Especially when considering this Welsh squad are considerably more potent than Scotland.

Welsh in the Nations League As Well

We should note that Wales competed in the Nations League on Wednesday. Still, manager Ryan Giggs made the intelligent decision to rest his most valuable players so they enter Sunday's meeting with a fresh pair of legs, including:

  • Ben Davies
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Gareth Bale

Wales have minimal struggles in their attacking prowess; however, defensive frailties have been present in recent games where they've failed to keep a clean sheet on home turf in their previous four games.

Final Thoughts | 2022 World Cup Playoff Final Betting Odds

The 2022 World Cup playoff betting odds favor the home side, but money can be found on either side. I expect the Welsh hosts to triumph with significant home advantage and a rested team. Still, as Ukraine slotted three past Scotland, it won't be a surprise to witness both squads get on the score sheet.

With near plus-money odds on both teams scoring and the evidential gap in the Wales defense, the betting value looks to be in the "Both Teams to Score" market for our betting pick on this game.

Score Prediction: Wales 2 - Ukraine 1

UEFA WCQ Pick: Both Teams to Score (-105) [1.95] [1.05u wager returns 1u of profit] at Everygame (visit our Everygame Review)

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