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World Cup day six preview featuring England v USA

There's another action-packed day from the World Cup to look forward to on Friday, with both England and Wales returning for their second games.

Wales need a win over Iran to boost their hopes of reaching the knockout stages, while England can reach the last 16 with victory over the USA.

Three Lions primed for US test

What: England v USA, Group B

Where: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

When: 19:00, Friday 25th November 2022

How to watch: ITV

Odds: England 11/20, Draw 10/3, USA 9/2

Gareth Southgate's England put down a solid foundation with a 6-2 win over Iran in their opening game of the World Cup.

While Southgate admitted after the full-time whistle there were areas for his side to work on, it was an impressive performance from the Three Lions who hit the ground running in Qatar.

The USA will provide a sterner test but one England will still be confident of overcoming.

Southgate received positive news on Thursday that skipper Harry Kane is available for the clash with the Stars and Stripes despite picking up an ankle injury against Iran.

Kane was subbed in the second-half but scans have confirmed no serious damage and it was a welcomed sight for England fans to see the Tottenham striker back in training ahead of Friday night’s game.

As for the US, head coach Gregg Berhalter and his side will be disappointed they did not claim all three points in their opener against Wales.

The US will look to make life difficult for England, but they will have to be far more clinical if they are to stand a chance of causing an upset.

England are available at 7/5 to be leading at both half-time and full-time at Al Bayt Stadium. 

A must-win game for Wales

What: Wales v Iran, Group B

Where: Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan

When: 10:00, Friday 25th November 2022

How to watch: BBC1 & iPlayer

Odds: Wales 21/20, Draw 9/4, Iran 14/5

After showing resilience to battle out a draw against the US, Wales boss Rob Page and his side will be fully aware of the importance of Friday’s showdown with Iran.

The Dragons struggled to get going against the Stars and Stripes and had talisman Gareth Bale to thank for dispatching his penalty when it mattered late on in the game.

Wales will take heart from what England were able to do against the Iranians, with Southgate’s side exposing flaws in their defence throughout their Group B opener.

The Welsh might have to do without Harry Wilson and Ethan Ampadu who both picked up knocks against the US, while Iran’s keeper Alireza Beiranvand suffered a head injury against the English and will be unavailable for Friday.

Wales won't have it all their own way on Friday and will have to be wary of Mehdi Taremi, after the Porto striker bagged himself a brace against the Three Lions.

Taremi is available at 7/2 to score anytime, while Bale is 7/4 to find the back of the net at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium. 

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A mountain to climb for Qatar

What: Qatar v Senegal, Group A

Where: Al Thumama Stadium, Doha

When: 13:00, Friday 25th November 2022

How to watch: BBC1 & iPlayer

Odds: Qatar 5/1, Draw 11/4, Senegal 8/13

Friday could well see Qatar's hopes of reaching the knockout stages of their own World Cup come to an end as they prepare to face Senegal in Doha.

The Qataris looked out of their depth in the tournament opener against Ecuador, with the South Americans coming out on top 2-0.

Without registering a single shot on target, it was a tough night for head coach Felix Sanchez and his players, who next face a Senegal side that will be disappointed they got nothing from their opener against the Netherlands.

The Lions of Teranga managed to hold the Dutch out until Cody Gakpo struck in the 84th minute on the Netherlands' way to a 2-0 win.

Expect a backlash from Senegal who will be eager to put this game against Qatar to bed before the half-time whistle.

Senegal are 13/8 to be leading at both half-time and full-time against the hosts, who look set for another difficult match at this level. 

More to come from Dutch

What: Netherlands v Ecuador, Group A

Where: Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan

When: 16:00, Friday 25th November 2022

How to watch: ITV

Odds: Netherlands 8/11, Draw 13/5, Ecuador 17/4

It was not a vintage Dutch display from Louis van Gaal's side in their opener but they got the job done against Senegal.

That's all that matters at this stage and the expected win has the Netherlands on course to finish top of Group A.

Ecuador will provide another good test for Van Gaal’s side, after La Tricolor impressed in their first game against Qatar.

Head coach Gustavo Alfaro watched on as his side eased past the hosts and should have really won by more in the opening game of the tournament.

Alfaro will be looking for another quick start from his side and will take inspiration from the upsets already seen in the World Cup this winter.

Enner Valencia bagged himself a brace against Qatar and the Fenerbahce forward is 3/1 to score anytime against the Netherlands, who are 8/11 to secure the three points. 

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