England v USA Betting Odds World Cup 2010

3rd June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
World Cup Betting & Odds

England World Cup Betting will hit fever pitch with the online bookmakers very soon, as bets starting piling on ahead of their opening World Cup fixture. The big World Cup kick off for England is now just days away, with the two nations kicking off on June 12th in Rustenburg. England coach Fabio Capello has named his official 23 man squad, with some surprises, but overall, as long as Gareth Barry is fully fit, then there is little doubts as to the starting eleven that Capello will field. So, if Capello can put out his main starting eleven, the side which pretty much got them successfully through qualification, what does that mean in context for betting on the game? This is the big match which a lot of hopeful England fans and punters will target, as it is the first game of the tournament which involves one of the proposed favourites to win the 2010 World Cup. Naturally England will start the match as favourites, but what threat will the USA pose to England and their World Cup hopes in this match?

Before the recent spate of International Friendlies, the USA were sternly criticized for not having any kind of firepower up front. In a friendly against the Czech Republic recently, the USA looked short in a tactical approach to the game, and the frailties in them going forward were clear to see. The effort was there, but the end product looked a long way short of the effort that was being put forth. Were they simply guilty of trying too hard to secure World Cup spots in the final 23 man squad? Possibly, as they exposed themselves poorly time and time again at the breakdown in midfield, but coach Bob Bradley has some tough decisions to make in terms of selections as well as personnel in the team. Incidentally, this is this youngest USA squad to hit the World Cup, with an average of just 27. So, being pulled out of shape could simply all be down to inexperience. So what will their approach be to the game against England? Try to snuff out the attacking threat from midfield? Or find a way to shut down the flanks?

The USA are one of the teams used to the conditions in South Africa, after partaking in the 2009 FIFA Federations Cup. The USA did rally themselves though from the Czech Republic defeat, they did rally from behind to beat Turkey in their next warm-up match. The USA finished top of the CONCACAF ahead of Mexico, in what is considered one of the weaker qualification zones. But the USA, as shown before at the World Cup, will be full of confidence in causing an upset against their more illustrious peers. It really is not about the lack of want of trying, as they did reach the quarter finals of the 2002 World Cup in a big surprise, beating Portugal and Mexico along the way. But a good question to base your England v USA betting strategy on, is to look at the USA squad and ask yourself how many of them would get in the England World Cup squad? There is a gulf in class between the two teams, in every position. England simply have to make sure they keep their cool and play as a team.

It is likely the Americans will be somewhat gung-ho in their approach, if their friendly warm-up matches are anything to go by. They will see their best chance as catching England cold in the first half of the match, by throwing speed into the equation against the England defence. England’s slow first half performances may have just given the USA a hope of sneaking an early goal and then shutting up shop. The USA will get one more run out before they take on England, as they play Australia on Saturday, in which a lot could be learned in your approach to betting on England at the World Cup. The Australians will be a tough test, as they are an equally hard working team, but like to play a bit more of a physical game. It is well worth keeping an eye on, for the defensive frailties of the USA, could influence your correct score bets.

For England, if Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry is fully available, then it will answer all questions of team selection as well as formation queries which arose during the recent International Friendly matches against Mexico and Japan. The only question which may be raised, is who gets to partner Wayne Rooney up front? There are two camps here. Emile Heskey may get the nod, simply because he is tried and tested, and could really cause the shaky USA defence a lot of problems with his physical presence. That would allow Rooney to play off him, a position in which he is at his most dangerous. The other camp is leaning towards Peter Crouch, who can provide a little extra potency on the floor, and in finding the back of the net. The World Cup start is all important for both sides. With England in the hunt for glory in South Africa, according to the best bookmakers for betting on the World Cup and the USA facing an uphill battle in the supposed race for second place.

Now it is on to the crux of things. England v USA betting odds:

England to win: 1/2 at SkyBet
Draw: 10/3 at Bet365
USA to win: 13/2 at Bwin

Asian Handicap Betting Tip

Yes, there will be, and has been much talk of the famous 1-0 USA win over England at the 1950 World Cup, the only time the two teams have met on the world stage. Despite the winds of confidence blowing over from the across the pond, England really should win this with relative ease. It is the perfect chance to build some momentum for the rest of the tournament, as the will be much, much harder games to come. England should comfortably be two goals better than the USA, and you will need to decide whether you want to take the USA in a plus to hang on, or look for better prices on England to come from behind.
England -1.25 Asian Handicap is 21/20 at Bet365, or England -1.5 is 32/25, both of which represent decent value.

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