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FIFA World Cup 2022 Group B Preview, TV Schedule – England, Iran, United States, Wales

When the preliminary draw got here out, clearly america and England getting paired collectively once more caused super pleasure and expectation. America loves nothing greater than to remind England who invented the phrase soccer (the Brits) and precisely the place New England thinks tea belongs (within the harbor).

That being stated, it is a improbable group for storylines and potential and horrific group for precise soccer. On their greatest days, all 4 of those groups are fairly good and but none of those groups have proven not too long ago that they’re enjoying at their greatest.

England and Wales acquired relegated out of the highest flight their UEFA Nations League teams with the English protection in shambles notably, the USA struggled mightily of their final pals in September and in addition has questions of their lineup, Wales goes in to their opener towards the USA with out beginning midfielder Joe Allen, and Iran may be down their greatest striker in Sardar Azmoun for a crew that does not rating a whole lot of objectives to start with.

So whereas the potential for greatness is excessive right here… I feel equally so is the potential for chaos on the sphere. Regardless of the expertise on all 4 of those groups, and England particularly, there’s a extensive open alternative for all 4 groups to essentially seize maintain of this group from the beginning. A outcome for Iran of their opener towards England would open the door to any of the successful groups whereas a winner within the USA-Wales sport would certainly have a leg up on not less than second place behind the favored Three Lions.

Beneath are the TV schedules and group previews with as a lot updated data as potential. All rosters will not be remaining till the day earlier than a groups first sport and may replicate an preliminary roster with out harm replacements.

TV SCHEDULE (all occasions US Japanese)

Mon, Nov. 21 England vs. Iran 8 am Khalifa Int’l Stadium – FS1, Telemundo

Mon, Nov. 21 USA vs. Wales 2 pm Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium – FOX, Telemundo

Fri, Nov. 25 Wales v. Iran 5 am Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium – FS1, Telemundo

Fri, Nov. 25 England vs. USA 2 pm Al Bayt Stadium – FOX, Telemundo

Tues, Nov. 29 Wales vs. England 2 pm Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium – FS1, Telemundo

Tues, Nov. 29 Iran vs. USA 2 pm Al Thumama Stadium – FOX, Telemundo

GROUP PRIMERS

GROUP B

ENGLAND [ENG/B1-Pot 1]

Head Coach: Gareth Southgate

nickname: Three Lions

Rankings: FIFA 5 / ELO 14

Qualification: UEFA Group I Winners

look: sixteenth / Greatest End: Champions (1966)

ROSTER

Current Outcomes: UEFA Nations League L at Italy 0-1; D vs Germany 3-3

Participant You Ought to Know: FWD Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur, 75 Int’l caps / 51 objectives

Participant You Ought to Watch: MID Jude Bellingham, Borussia Dortmund, 17 Int’l caps / 0 objectives

TOURNAMENT OUTLOOK

The place do we start with England…this isn’t a crew in nice type which is why Group B may very well be solely extensive open and an entertaining mess from begin to end. The Three Lions have not gained since a pair of pals in March over Switzerland and Ivory Coast, acquired bounced into the B Flight of the European Nations League after going winless in six video games together with a pair of losses to Hungary. Their protection has at occasions been in shambles and regardless of that…sure, they may win this group. Perhaps not convincingly, however it is a crew that did make the World Cup semis 4 years in the past and the Euro Ultimate final yr shedding to Croatia and Italy respectively.

IRAN [IRN/B2 – Pot 3]

Head Coach: Carlos Queiroz (POR)

nickname: Staff Melli / Lions of Persia

Rankings: FIFA 20 / ELO 22

Qualification: AFC Third Group Group A Winners

look: sixth / Greatest End: Group Stage

ROSTER

Current Outcomes: Friendlies, W 1-0 vs. Uruguay; D 1-1 vs. Senegal; W 1-0 vs. Nicaragua

Participant You Ought to Know: FWD Mehdi Taremi, Porto (POR), 60 Int’l caps / 28 objectives

Participant You Ought to Watch: MID Alireza Jahanbahsh, Feyenoord (NED), 64 Int’l caps/13 objectives

TOURNAMENT OUTLOOK

Of their 5 earlier World Cup appearances, Iran has been eradicated within the group stage, however they’re coming off a close to miss in 2018 after they completed a degree behind each Spain and Portugal in a troublesome group – this may be Iran’s greatest likelihood to make a knockout for the primary time. They’ve the front-line attackers in Taremi and Jahanbahsh who scored 4 objectives every within the final spherical of qualifying. Regardless of the harm to striker Sardar Azmoun who does harm their probabilities, Iran boasts an skilled and veteran crew. What makes this crew fascinating is that they’ve confirmed to be tough to breakdown, permitting simply 8 objectives in 18 whole qualifiers, they usually play a whole lot of low scoring and shut video games. I anticipate extra of the identical from them on the World Cup which makes them a risk to say a number of outcomes on this group even when they may be the lengthy shot for the knockouts.

UNITED STATES [USA/B3 – Pot 2]

Head Coach: Gregg Berhalter (USA)

nickname: The Yanks/Stars and Stripes

Rankings: FIFA 16 / ELO 24

Qualification: CONCACAF Third Spherical, third Place

look: eleventh / Greatest End: Third Place (1930)

ROSTER

Current Outcomes: Friendlies, L 0-2 vs. Japan; D 0-0 vs. Saudi Arabia

Participant You Ought to Know: GK Matt Turner, Arsenal (ENG), 20 Int’l caps

Participant You Ought to Watch: MID Yunus Musah, Valencia (ESP), 19 Int’l caps / 0 objectives

TOURNAMENT OUTLOOK

After lacking out on the 2018 match, the USA is again with the youngest crew within the match filled with younger and bettering abilities. Pulisic, Reyna, Weah, McKennie amongst others will all be round for a number of qualifying cycles, however that is the group’s first true take a look at earlier than enjoying hosts in 2026. Matt Turner has been established because the #1 keeper to the delight of New England Revolution followers , however questions stay at centerback and up high at striker. There’s a whole lot of younger expertise on this roster however I wish to spotlight Musah specifically as I do not suppose the box-to-box midfielder will get sufficient credit score or plaudits and he’s solely 19 years previous.

Can the USA get out of this group? In fact it might, however not if the US performs prefer it did in September the place they struggled mightily to create probabilities. I talked about this in my full preview, however the final two pals in September hopefully have been a wakeup name for each gamers and head coach that the system wasn’t working, and the US desperately want to vary issues going into this match. A gradual, predictable assault towards three organized groups is not going to get it achieved – the US must unleash its expertise, pace, and athleticism by way of the press and counterattack with a purpose to get outcomes. All outcomes from successful the group to ending final are on the desk based mostly on their current type however a win within the opener towards Wales will take a whole lot of stress off this group the remainder of the way in which.

WALES [WAL/B4 – Pot 4]

Head Coach: Rob Web page (WAL)

nickname: The Dragons

Rankings: FIFA 19 / ELO 25

Qualification: UEFA Group E 2nd Place; UEFA Path A Playoff Winners (W 2-1 vs Austria; W 1-0 vs Ukraine)

look: 2nd / Greatest End: Quarterfinals (1958)

ROSTER

Current Outcomes: UEFA Nations League A Flight: L at Belgium 1-2; L vs Poland 0-1

Gamers You Ought to Know/Watch: FWD Gareth Bale (LAFC), MID Aaron Ramsey (Good), GK Wayne Hennessey (Nottingham Forest)

TOURNAMENT OUTLOOK

The previous guard of Wales lastly get their shot at a World Cup they usually actually deserve it. Wales has been an afterthought on the worldwide stage up till a shock semi-final look on the 2016 Euros which was their continental debut after almost 60 years of the UEFA competitors. The Golden Era of dragons doesn’t nevertheless come into the match in super type, having been relegated out of their UEFA Nations League A Flight group with only one level in six video games. Nonetheless, it is a squad with strong expertise and gamers largely from the highest three English tiers together with Welsh sides Cardiff Metropolis and Swansea Metropolis and may make issues tough for everybody within the group.

GROUP OVERVIEW

This group is both going to be a boring, chalk crammed affair that England wins or a raging dumpster fireplace of leisure. I am hoping and rooting for the latter however there’s additionally nonetheless an excellent likelihood that England types themselves out and runs away with this group very simply.

Now, I am completely not selecting that to occur as a result of I feel Wales goes to make the knockouts and one of many oddest head-to-head aggressive information in all of sports activities goes to face. England has by no means overwhelmed the USA at a World Cup going again to Joe Gaetjens and the Miracle on Grass in 1950 and the Robert Inexperienced sport in 2010. It’s solely potential that 5 factors may win this group identical to 2010 when the USA and England superior with that completely. I anticipate a whole lot of shut video games and a whole lot of reminders that it is nonetheless not coming house.

PREDICTIONS

USA – Wales – England – Iran

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