England v Mexico Capello Experiments for International Friendly

24th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

World Cup Betting tips may be pushed along, after casting an eye of the spat of international friendlies. Monday night sees England’s turn to fine tune their World Cup preparations. England have left their training camp in Austria, in order to head back home to Wembley, to take on World Cup bound Mexico. This will be an interesting night in London, as Fabio Capello is ready to experiment with both personnel and formation. England’s representatives from Chelsea’s successful FA Cup winning side have not made the trip to Wembley, and so England will be without starters John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole. Along with them, Joe Cole, and Portsmouth goalkeeper David James remain in Austria at the training camp. The rest of the England squad head back to their camp in Austria after the England v Mexico international friendly. England have one more warm up match, which takes place in Graz. May 30th sees the fixture of England v Japan, the final run out the England squad will get before Capello trims his numbers down to the required 23 that he will take to South Africa with him.

Because of injuries, notably to Manchester City’s Gareth Barry, Capello is keen to look at alternative formations, something which he has not done during his England tenure. Capello banked on the solid 4-4-2 as England qualified for the World Cup comfortably at the top of their group, and which has helped put them near the front of the running in World Cup Odds. England fans will get a chance to see players who are knocking on the door of the 23-man squad, including debutants Adam Johnson and Michael Dawson. Capello has named midfielder Johnson as one of the most promising England players, as his trickery and speed down the flanks could make him a lethal weapon. Although he lacks experience, he, like defender Dawson, have enjoyed successful seasons and may get their chance to shine on the international stage over the next couple of matches.

England’s World Cup Fixtures start with their Group C match against the USA, who will have some familiarity with England’s Monday evening opponents, Mexico. The Mexicans finished behind the USA in the CONCAF qualification, having lost one and won one match against the Americans. Mexico recently beat Chile in a friendly, and they have been one of the busiest teams in World Cup preparations, although scouting reports are citing them as lacking the midfielders required to go very far in the World Cup. Mexico are in Group A along with France, South Africa and Uruguay. England are in Group C, and are favourites to win it, against the USA, Slovenia and Algeria. Betting on England at the World Cup may be influenced by the international friendly. Why? England would probably be even stronger in World Cup betting if they had the proven strength in depth. Maybe this is the perfect chance for Capello to put those doubts to rest as he experiments against Mexico.

Match Odds
England to win: ½ at Ladbrokes
Draw: 10/3 at BetFred
Mexico: 7/1 at Coral

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