Crouchy’s Shouts: England to edge out Wales in final group game

The big man gives us his view on England crucial final group game against the noisy neighbours

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England v Wales Bet Builder tips

  • Match Odds: England to Win
  • Under 3.5 Goals
  • Gareth Bale to Have 2+ Shots on Target
  • Declan Rice to Commit 2+ Fouls
  • Over 4.5 Corners for England

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Tuesday 7pm: England v Wales
TV: BBC1 and RTE

After the first game it was “we’re going to win the World Cup!” and then after the USA game it was like crashing back down to earth.

That’s the highs and lows of these tournaments – the difference between one game and the next is a bit mad really. It’s always the way. The players and manager can’t listen to the outside noise. Everyone’s got an opinion

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They were difficult to break down though if England to win that game I think it might’ve been different.

You have to manage yourself through a tournament. We don’t have to get too carried away with how much of a poor performance it might’ve been,

I could see changes though for the Wales game. Four at the back is good, but I could see Phil Foden coming in. I expected him to be a bigger part of the team. He could possibly come in for Saka, but I don’t think you need to make massive changes because you draw with the USA.

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Wales have a great team spirit and togetherness and it really helps them compete at this level,

I’ve played with many Welsh players in my career and they love playing England.

Match Odds: England to Win

With England, there’s a lot of pressure in a game like this because they’re expected to win , whereas Wales won’t have as much pressure on them, and that can make them more dangerous. They should be able to enjoy this.

That could make this a tight game, and it might get a bit nervy but England should edge it in the end.

Under 3.5 Goals

I wouldn’t expect it to be a goalfest like the Iran game though.

England should dominate possession and come out on top, I could see it finishing 1-0 or 2-1 as Wales do have some threats and could catch them on the break.

Gareth Bale to Have 2+ Shots on Target

Gareth Bale will still carry a threat for Wales and would love to produce a moment of magic on such a big occasion, so I’d expect him to cause a few problems for Jordan Pickford.

Declan Rice to Commit 2+ Fouls

It’s not every day that England play Wales at a World Cup and this looks like one of those games where things could boil over a touch.

Declan Rice in the heart of England’s midfield will be busy and I could see him having to make a few challenges.

Over 4.5 Corners for England

Set-pieces are important for England and something Gareth Southgate works on with the squad.  I can see more corners in this if England press forward.

England v Wales Betting Tips

  • Match Odds: England to Win
  • Under 3.5 Goals
  • Gareth Bale to Have 2+ Shots on Target
  • Declan Rice to Commit 2+ Fouls
  • Over 4.5 Corners for England

*A Bet Builder on these selections adds up to 13/1 on PaddyPower.com: Tap here to add it to your betslip instantly!

All odds quoted correct at time of publication

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