England v Algeria Odds, Tips and Recommendations
England look to trim World Cup betting odds with convincing win
Of all the things which should be on his mind at the moment, the infamous World Cup ball seems to really be getting to England boss Fabio Capello. The Jubulani ball by Adidas was criticised before the World Cup started, by the likes of Gianluigi Buffon and Iker Casillas. England’s veteran keeper David James has also raised questions about it, along with former England manager Sven Goran-Eriksson. The ball, apparently, behaves irregularly in the air, giving goalkeepers problems. Yes, you know where this is heading. England’s keeper Rob Green, who will forever be remembered for the howler that he conceded against the USA, has said that Clint Dempsey’s shot did move unexpectedly. Green has been admirably brave in facing up to his error, but the big question now, is whether or not that mistake by Green has cost him his starting place for England’s second Group C fixture, which takes place on Friday against Algeria. That is just one of the changes which coach Fabio Capello is supposedly entertaining for the match, after England failed to capitalise and put the USA to the sword as they should have done. While England dominated possession, their lack of pace at the back, and lack of creativity in getting forward, was once again highlighted, as their indifferent pre tournament form carried through to their opening match.
Two other changes which Capello is contemplating, is bringing Gareth Barry back into the side, which should be a no-brainer, now that he is fit again. The other poser for Capello is what to do up front in helping out Wayne Rooney? Will Emile Heskey, who missed the most clear cut chance of the game, be cut? If so, who will be brought in? Will Capello go for the more dynamic option of putting Jermain Defoe in, who has proven that he can score goals, but has never partnered Rooney very well up front for England. There is still the option, now that Barry has recovered from his injured ankle, to move Steven Gerrard in behind lone striker Rooney, a position where he would be a major threat to opposition. But Capello likes his 4-4-2 and that means Gerrard will probably be back out on the left, which takes him out of the game a little. His natural tendency is to drift inside, and that leaves the flank exposed a little bit. That is the most likely scenario though, as Capello will pretty much be back to the midfield that carried England so well through European qualification. There is no doubt that England have missed Barry and can only improve after their stuttering first outing.
Hopefully, Barry will restore some balance to England, and what ever Capello does up front, hopefully it eases some pressure from Wayne Rooney, who has now only netted once in eight international matches for his country. England need Rooney to fire. Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer weighed into the England debate, stating that they have been going backwards in terms of playing ability, resorting to the old kick and rush style that used to be the feature of English football. It’s fair comment to say, that England’s play against the USA, lacked a lot of finesse. England’s lack of pace at the back has also been pinpointed, as Jamie Carragher is expected to start alongside Chelsea’s John Terry. England were exposed by the USA at the back on a couple of occasions, simply because the pace was not there down the middle. Capello’s other options in that position would be Matthew Upson or Michael Dawson, but again, Capello does not like to change things up too much, and if you see a line up of Green, Johnson, Carragher, Terry, Cole, Lennon, Lampard, Barry, Gerrard, Heskey and Rooney on Friday, then do not be too surprised. Why? Because the 4-4-2 is Capello’s A plan, and he seems to be determined to make it work. There is no need for England to panic against the Desert Foxes. They just need to put in a solid passing and moving game, and they will break Algeria down
England World Cup Betting. There are no two ways about this, England need to win, and should. They look a little short on confidence, though, and how much will that affect the comfort level of victory? Let’s look at the Anytime Goal scorer market first. Wayne Rooney is 5/6 at Bet365, Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe are both 7/4 at Bet365, Frank Lampard is 2/1 at Paddy Power, with captain Steven Gerrard 12/5 at Paddy Power. All decent prices there. England to win by one goal is 3/1 at Ladbrokes. England to win by 2 goals is 3/1 at Coral. Fabio Capello’s men have drifted out in World Cup betting outright odds and are now best priced at 17/2 at Bwin. England have a big chance to be positive and start building confidence and momentum.
England Asian Handicap Betting Tip: -1.25 for 4/6 at Paddy Power
Desert Foxes feeling the heat
Algeria may be without goalkeeper Chaouchi for the England match on Friday. The first choice keeper sat out training in midweek after spraining his, and it was his mistake which gave away a goal to Slovenia. A goal that cost Algeria the match. Algeria who have not impressive since their managed to qualify for South Africa 2010, looked way off the pace against European minnows Slovenia in their opening match. It was a battling performance by both teams in the opening match, in which Algeria had Abdelkadaer Ghezzal sent off. Ill discipline also plagued Algeria at the Africa Cup of Nations earlier in the year, when they finished their semi final match against Egypt with eight men. They have shown very little in terms of enterprise in getting forward, despite words about them being less cautious in their approach to the England game. While anything can happen, and Algeria may well flood the midfield as they did against Algeria, they should find a top European side much harder work.
Algeria World Cup betting: Tough call to see Algeria contributing much to the match, as they haven’t put forth much optimism for their supporters. Would simply play them on something like the following to potentially make money on them.
Algeria Asian Handicap Betting Tip: +1.75 for 4/5 at Stan James
England v Algeria Betting Odds
England to win: 1/4 at Bet365
Draw: 5/1 at SkyBet
Algeria to win: 14/1 at Victor Chandler