2010 World Cup Group C (England) Betting and Fixtures

2nd April 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
World Cup Betting & Odds

Group C World Cup Betting Preview: Only two of the sides in Group C have met before in the World Cup, so a lot of new ground will be broken in June. There is plenty of excitement and betting to come though from the group, which houses one of the World Cup favourites, as long as their star striker stays healthy.

World Cup Teams: England, USA, Algeria, Slovenia

England will be relatively happy with the 2010 FIFA World Cup draw which they received. The best World Cup Bookmakers have England, who are managed by Fabio Capello, down as one of the favourites to lift the coveted trophy this year, and the draw they received favoured them. A certain David Beckham was at the draw, and watched with interest as the United States were drawn in the same group as England. Beckham of course plies his trade with LA Galaxy, but his World Cup dreams have been ended with an injury while playing on loan with AC Milan. More injury worries have arisen over star striker Wayne Rooney, who turned over his ankle while playing for his club Manchester United in the Champions League. All eyes will now be on his recovery, not thought to be deemed as serious and only minor, he could still miss United’s most crucial part of the domestic season. However, all England fans will be chewing their nails at the sight of Wayne Rooney on crutches, as most of England’s World Cup dreams rest on his shoulders. He has been in scintillating form for club and country this season, and as a genuine world class striker, England will rely on his special talents to fire them towards the World Cup final on July 11th. It was his nine goals during qualification which made England so strong. England, thanks to a strong qualification have consistently been amongst the forerunners as favourites for the World Cup. Indeed World Cup betting odds have shortened over the past six months, with England standing around third favourite behind Brazil and Spain. There is one piece of World Cup history that stands out in this group, as the USA famously beat England at the 1950 World Cup 1-0. That piece of history, along with David Beckham’s link with US soccer has brought a lot of hype to Group C, even if, in all honesty, it is one of the weaker groups. England World Cup Fixtures in South Africa, starts with their opener against the USA in Rustenburg on June 12th. Following that, they face Algeria, and round up the group matches against European opposition, Slovenia. The USA topped their CONCACAF qualification zone, but lost games to both Mexico and Honduras along the way, and looked very unconvincing at times. Top scorer for them was Jose Altidore, whose abilities have looked a little out of place in the Premier League with Hull, and that says a lot about the threat they could pose up front in the World Cup. They have lost Charlie Davies and that will make them even weaker up front. They performed well at the FIFA Confederations Cup, beating Spain and losing 3-2 to Brazil in the final. They are unlikely to cause much of a threat in 2010, based on their performances during qualification. African participants in Group C, Algeria had only one good performance at the African Cup of Nations in January, and that was a 3-2 victory over  favourites Ivory Coast. Up until then, Algeria had only managed to score one goal in their three group matches, conceding three, but still managed to qualify as runner-up out the weakest group at the tournament. They then disgraced themselves in the semi finals against old foes Egypt (who won the African Cup of Nations will a lot of style), losing 4-0 and finishing the match with 8 players. Qualification for the World Cup was at the expense of Egypt, after Algeria won 1-0 in a play-off. That sudden death play-off came after Egypt had beaten Algeria 2-0 in the final game of the group, leaving both teams with exact equal records. Slovenia have the potential to wrap up second spot in Group C quite comfortably. If they get off to a good winning start against Algeria, then confidence should be high. Slovenia beat the much fancied Russians in a European play-off to reach South Africa 2010, after finishing second in their group to Slovakia. Slovenia finished with the second best defensive record in European qualification, and look to be a solid, technical side, which should have the ability to secure second place because England if things go to plan. All eyes will be on the group opener though between England v USA as pundits take trips down memory lane, and expectant England fans await to see just who boss Fabio Capello can field on the day. Hopefully Wayne Rooney is one of them.

Group B Betting Stats (World Cup History form in brackets)
(Final outcomes of Golden Goal, Extra Time and Penalty Shoot Out results count as wins or losses)

England: Relatively unknown territory for England during the group stage of this World Cup. Obviously there is that result from 1950 against the USA which everyone will be talking about, but it will have no bearing on what happens in South Africa. England have never played Algeria or Slovenia in the World Cup, but will be buoyed with their friendly victory over the strong Egyptian side. (P55, W25, D14, L16)

USA: Will use that victory over England as a dressing room team talk before their opening match, but should not be able to come close to England. They have provided some exciting moment during World Cup history, but not as strong as they have been in the past. They have no World Cup history against Slovenia or Algeria. (P25, W6, D3, L16)

Algeria: Virgin territory for the African entrants against all three competitors in Group Three. Wooden spoon material. (P6, W2, D1, L3)

Slovenia: Have the technical ability to do well, as displayed in their qualifying group matches against Slovakia and then in the play-offs against Russia. Have only made one previous World Cup appearance in Korea/Japan 2002. For a nation so young on the international stage, this is quite an achievement. (P3, W0, D0, L3)

 

World Cup Group C - Table

Rank Team Matches / Points
1 USA 3 Matches / 5 Points
2 England 3 Matches / 5 Points
3 Slovenia 3 Matches / 4 Points
4 Algeria 3 Matches / 1 Point

Group Stage Fixture List

 


World Cup Betting at Bet365
for Outright Winner of Group C, has the USA at 9/2, Slovenia at 9/1, Algeria at 15/1 and England are favourites at 1/3 (and 11/2 to Win the World Cup Outright).

 



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