England V Algeria Preview: Friday, 18th June (Group C)

17th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

 

England V Algeria Preview

Kick-off: Friday, 18th June – 19:30 GMT
Stadium: Green Point Stadium, Cape Town
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Group C

 

England

The English were slated back home following the stalemate with the United States. Robert Green stole all the limelight, especially in the back pages of the newspaper, but for all the wrong reasons after it was his blunder which handed USA an equaliser and a share of the spoils. However, with only a handful of the big teams actually excelling in the early stages, and Spain suffering a shock 1-0 loss to Switzerland on Wednesday, perhaps a little bit of perspective is needed as England prepare for their second Group C encounter against African minnows Algeria, with a win for England leaving them in pole position to qualify from the group, although, with Germany impressing everyone with their annihilation of Australia, perhaps finishing top of the group does become of more significance for Fabio Capello and England.

If we’re going to be honest and hand out a few home truths, England really shouldn’t bother turning up if they’re worried about who they’ll face in the Round of 16 phase. Granted every team wants to go as far as they can, so an easier tie in the first phase of the knock-outs is always ideal, but for England, a country which expects so much but is delivered so little, nothing less than a final will be deemed worthy, so a few scalps will need claiming along the way anyway. The problem is, do England really have the bottle needed to handle the colossal amount of pressure currently piled on top of them, as they haven’t in recent tournaments gone by despite having one of the more talented squads around.

Ahead of Friday’s crunch clash with Algeria, crunch only because England simply must win else they face some stinging backlash from the English media as well as a nervy final 90 minutes against Slovenia a few days later, Fabio Capello must make some of the biggest decisions in his England tenure when he decides where to play captain Steven Gerrard now that Gareth Barry is back from injury, who should playing the starring role alongside Wayne Rooney in attack and whether Robert Green deserves to keep the gloves, after it was his howler which cost us two points against the cocky Americans. We believe Gerrard will be deployed on the left, nullifying some of the fabulous attacking qualities the Liverpool skipper has, as Barry drops back into his familiar holdin role. Crouch will replace Heskey in attack after the latter failed to impress and score against the United States, while we hope Green retains his place in goal, although rumour has it that the West Ham keeper will lose his spot to David James.

There shouldn’t be any question of England winning this game though, against an Algeria team which looked entirely out of their depth against Slovenia, and the European’s were drastically poor themselves. If England can get their creative juices going, get the likes of Gerrard and Lampard joining attacks, Aaron Lennon charging at his defender and Wayne Rooney fired up, although there is a thin line with Rooney, then England should sail away into the night with a resounding win. We expect nothing less than a comfortable victory, the fans inside the stadium expect the same while the press back home in England will probably crucify them if they don’t.

 

Algeria

Algeria’s role in Group C appeared to be merely making up the numbers, although they will play a significant part in how England fare in terms of qualifying from the group. Not that coach Rabah Saadane will care an awful lot about England’s situation and goals mind, as with the gap between his team and Slovenia in first position being a mere three points, he, as well as the rest of the squad, will keep the faith that qualification from the group is still a realistic possibility and they will be going out onto the Cape Town pitch looking to bolster their own qualifying credentials and not their opposite numbers.

It is easy to forget that Algeria are still alive in kicking in this group despite falling to a 1-0 defeat in their opening game to the now Group C leaders Slovenia. It was an unfortunate lose though, with goalkeeper Faouzi Chauochi to blame for letting a vital point slip from Algerian grasps. Like his opposite number, Robert Green, Chauochi may well have been dropped but a knee injury looks set to rule him out of this contest regardless. We suppose that’s bad news for England, although it doesn’t bode well for Algeria if Chauochi is their best keeper judging by his display against the Slovenians. Back to the point at hand though, and Algeria need only a win to jump right back into qualifying contention again, although that does seem a huge ask and an unlikely outcome despite the recent heroics of Switzerland.

We had the displeasure of watching large chunks of Algeria’s game with Slovenia, and the African team were so disappointing. Ranging right the way up from goalkeeper to attackers, coach Saadane will have been furious with how his team players on the day in a game where they threw away any chance of picking up points. In fairness, their attacking play was so drab and dull, almost non-exsistent at times, that a point was the most they were ever going to get out of the game, although it does make you wonder how on earth they managed to record wins over Egypt (Winners of the African Cup of Nations) and Ivory Coast in January.

Algeria do have a couple of big named scalps under their belts in 2010, with their 3-2 victory over the Ivory Coast, who are battling away in Group G, the most notable. However, their poor team performance against Slovenia followed on from their poor showing in pre-World Cup internationals, where a 1-0 win over international lost causes UAE was all they had to brag about, as two defeats to Republic of Ireland and Serbia, both by a comfortable 3-0 scoreline, overshadowed their UAE victory immediately before heading out to South Africa.

 

World Cup Preview – England V Algeria Betting Tips

Match Odds:

England – 1.29 WilliamHill
Draw – 6.00 Bet365
Algeria – 15.00 VCbet

 

Our Prediction: England to WIN – 1.29 WilliamHill

If England don’t win this by a clear two goal margin they should pack their bags and head home now, such has been the woefulness of Algeria’s recent performances. The Algerian defence shaped up as though it would concede a large number against any nation which dared to attack them instead of messing around in the middle of the park like Slovenia did, while there’s little threat of Algeria scoring, even against fumbler Green, as they lack any attacking inspiration and have been further demoralised up front by the loss of Ghezzal through suspension, who actually looked menacing for the 15 or so minutes he was on the pitch before seeing red as a substitute.

It is, however, clear by looking at Algeria’s results this year that they do have a big performance somewhere in their locker, as victories over Ivory Coast and Egypt aren’t easy to come by. Consistency maybe an issue, while nerves may have played a part in what was the country’s first World Cup appearance since 1986, but you can only go on their last display and it was pathetic to say the least. If they play like they did against Slovenia, England will smash them for six. That is unless England somehow find a way to go backwards instead of forwards from their 1-1 draw with the United States.

Our Recommended Bet: England to Score in Both Halves – 2.20 PaddyPower

 

 




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