The FIFA World Cup has reached its interesting stage and ahead of the final group stage matches, all four teams in Group B — England, Iran, Wales, and the USA are in with a shout to make the Round Of 16. As things stand, England is at the top of Group B with four points while Iran is in the second spot with 3 points. USA and Wales are in the third and fourth spot respectively. On Wednesday (IST), England will square off against Wales while the USA will take on Iran.
Here’s a look at the qualification scenario for all four teams in contention
England: The Three Lions are the favourites to qualify for the Round of 16 from this group as they have four points now, and they defeated Iran 6-2, which took care of their goal difference.
Iran: Iran is the second-favorites to qualify from Group B for the Round Of 16. They currently have 3 points. If they defeat the USA, then they are surely through to the knockout stage, and a draw will also be enough for them if Wales does not beat England.
USA: The USA has its destiny in its own hands, as they currently have 2 points. If they end up beating Iran, then they will make the Round Of 16 berth for the first time since 2014.
Wales: Wales faces an uphill battle in order to make the knockout stage. With just one point in their kitty, Wales needs to beat England to have any chance. If the match between USA and Iran forces a result, then a win for Wales would not be enough. However, if Wales ends up winning their match, and USA-Iran plays out a draw, then Wales and Iran would be tied on four points and the goal difference would be looked upon.