England v USA World Cup 2010 Betting Odds

9th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
World Cup Betting & Odds

Gareth Barry Set to Miss England v USA World Cup fixture: More often than not, the unsung hero in the heart of the England, Gareth Barry has quietly gone about his duties for his nation, with limited fuss or bother, aggrandising the old football axiom that the players doing the best defensive midfield jobs, are those who do not get noticed. Those who never put a foot wrong. Think Claude Makelele. Think Roy Keane. Think Patrick Vieira. Think Michael Essien. The glue of the team. The clutch player. Call it what you will, when they go missing, the team can shake to its foundations. So, while England have been named among the favourites to lift the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, they have not dominated betting markets as favourites for one simple fact, that there remains questions over the strength which they possess in depth. While England’s World Cup chances hang on the thin tightrope of star striker and Golden Boot candidate Wayne Rooney not getting injured, coach Fabio Capello’s best laid plans seemed to come crashing down after Barry picked up an ankle injury on the final day of the domestic season. Such an impact has the threatened absence of Manchester City midfield star Gareth Barry been, it has highlighted the cracks in the England set up, and the reverberations should ring loudly around the ranks of the Barclays Premier League. Where is the future of English football, if the national coach has to consider changing formation and playing players out of position, all because of one injury?

England finished off a local side, Platinum Stars, in their final run out before they take on the USA in their first 2010 World Cup match in South Africa, on Saturday. If the starting line up was anything to go by, then Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard will be teaming up with Cheslea’s Frank Lampard in the middle of the park, leaving Lampard’s team mate Joe Cole on the left. Cole notched himself a goal in the friendly, continuing his impressive return to the international fold. But what will Gerrard moving back into the middle mean for him? Will it suppress his natural assets in driving forward? When he playing just behind Wayne Rooney in the friendly against Mexico, the newly instilled England captain was a dominant figure for England. Is it right to for the side to use him in such a role? Gerrard has been hard to fit into the side, playing in an unnatural position on the left of midfield, simply because he never worked well with Lampard. But Capello has seen them in action together, and seems confident it will do the job and back up England’s World Cup Odds. England need to get off to a good start against the USA, and Gerrard’s move could only be a temporary one. Barry has been responding to treatment better than expected, and should feature in the tournament before long. It makes sense to keep him back while England take on weaker opponents before the first knockout stages.

The US front pairing of Edson Buddle and Robert Findley, helped the US to a victory over Australia on the weekend, and there are signs that the US are improving. The pairing fired well, with Buddle, the Major League Soccer’s top goal scorer at the moment, with some surprise, as the US’s star player Jozy Altidore has been the focus of a worrying injury. Altidore is said to have a mild ankle sprain, but the new pairing should have given a lot of hope to Bob Bradley, backed up by Landon Donovan floating around from the wing. But, if the England back line, sans Rio Ferdinand are thinking they will be troubled, they may just need to get the ball to Wayne Rooney. For all of the improvements made by the United States, one are in which they continue to look very shaky, is at the back. The 3-1 scoreline may have cheered the US, but it should be noted that Australia were very dominant in the second half. So there are mixed signals coming from the US, but when all is said and done, if England are serious about winning the World Cup, then it is a side which they should brush aside with relative ease, as long as they can keep their composure and structure. The crucial link could be the pairing of Gerrard and Lampard in the middle, which needs to stamp its authority all over the game from the off, and not have any lazy start.

England v USA Betting Stats

England Last 6 Results
Japan 2-1 (a) W
Mexico 3-1 (h)
Egypt 3-1 (h)
Brazil 1-0 (a) L
Belarus 3-0 (h) W
Ukraine 1-0 (a) L

USA Last 6 Results
Australia 3-1 (h) W
Turkey 2-1 (h) W
Czech Republic 4-2 (h) L
Holland 2-1 (a) L
El Salvador 2-1 (h) W
Honduras 3-1 (h) L

Last 10 Match Form:
England: W7, D1, L2
USA: W4, D0, L6

Recent Overall Stats
England: P50, W33, D8, L9 = 66% win percentage
USA: P45, W18, D6, L21 = 40.0% win percentage

All Time World Cup Stats
Rank 5th: England P55, W25, D17, L13 GF74 GA47
Rank 25th: United States P25, W6, D3 L16 GF27 GA51

World Cup Group C Match Odds
England to win: 1/2 at Bet365
Draw: 10/3 at BetFred
USA to win: 13/2 at Totesport





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