International Friendly: USA V Turkey Betting – Saturday, 29th May

27th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions
World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions

 

USA V Turkey

Saturday, 29th May – 19:00 GMT
International Friendly
Location: Philadelphia, USA
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USA

It was back to the drawing board for United States coach Bob Bradley after the Americans succumbed to a heavy 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Czech Republic. To make matters worse, the loss inflicted upon them by a team that won’t feature in the finals next month came on home soil in East Hartford, Connecticut. The loss may well have left a nation surprisingly buoyed by their country’s successful qualification for South Africa in disarray as few would have have anticipated such an emphatic scoreline at the beginning of the night, certainly not in the oppositions favour.

The Americans will, though, have the opportunity to make amends for their Czech mistakes just four days later, although, for some it was the last straw, with Bob Bradley axing several players who failed to make any lasting impression in that loss. Brian Ching, Eddie Johnson and Sacha Kljestan where all sent home by Bradley after the game while key defender Oguchi Onyewu, who has been out of action for over six months, was included after being one of a select few in the US team which came away from that Czech defeat with some pride still in tact, defending with a lot of heart throughout. Onyewu’s gritty attitude could inspire the rest of the US defence, one which was lifeless and untidy on the night despite the likelihood of some imminent exclusions from coach Bradley. A player which did catch out eye on the night was Ranger winger DeMarcus Beasley, who was a nuisance down the left-wing position, and his team-mate Maurice Edu, who scored the game’s opener.

Bob Bradley didn’t play a full-strength USA team against the Czech Republic, opting to leave the likes of Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy) and Jozy Altidore (Villarreal, former Hull City loanee) out of the team altogether. All three are expected to play some part, if not start, against Turkey in Philadelphia. And my how they need all three as the USA, from an attacking perspective, were toothless and unimaginative despite  a bucket load of pace in the final third of the pitch with Eddie Johnson, later axed by Bradley, Buddle and Beasley. An industrious Donovan will ensure the oppositions defence won’t rest easy throughout the night with his tenacious and relentless attitude. Clint Dempsey is arguably the smartest player Bob Bradley has at his disposal in terms of knowing when to get forward and which position to be in – superb positional sense and awareness – while Jozy Altidore is remarkably strong and will enable the US to hold the play up and wait for support, something which was absent on Wednesday as attacks seemingly petered out into nothing.

After a poor showing against the Czech Republic less than a week ago, the entire USA team will feel they owe it to Bob Bradley, and more importantly the nation, as after all the US, who aren’t naturally soccer lovers, have pledged their support for the United States team by coming out in their thousands to cheer them on in their friendlies and having purchased more tickets for the finals than any other nation, excluding the hosts South Africa.

 

Turkey

Turkey are playing their part in the World Cup by assisting those actually participating in next month’s showcase. On March 3rd, Turkey beat Honduras 2-0 in Istanbul and on Wednesday where out recording their third successive international friendly victory, recording another 2-0 win over Northern Ireland. The Turks have always been a dangerous team, finishing as a semi-finalist at Euro 2008 although they haven’t made the finals of a World Cup since 2002 in Korea/Japan. Even so, some nifty players such as Arda Turan, attracting plenty of support from big European clubs, Tuncay Sanli, the Turkish equivalent to David Beckham and Bayern Munich’s Hamit Altintop will provide this vulnerable bunch of United States stars with a proper game.

 

Match Odds:

USA – 2.20 SportingBet
Draw – 3.30 Bet365
Turkey – 3.25 totesport

 

Our Prediction: Draw – 3.30 Bet365

We’ve found these two teams hard to separate, as with home advanatage and the return of some big names, the United States should fare a whole lot better than they did in their 4-2 defeat against Czech Republic four days ago. Turkey, though, are on-fire at present, recently recording a hat-trick of friendly wins after a 2-0 win in Northern Ireland, as well as beating both Honduras (March 3rd) and the Czech Republic (26th May) 2-0 and 2-1 respectively.

If the USA defend as they did against the Czech’s, Turkey will find a way through Tim Howard’s goal without too much of a fuss, although Brad Guzan was in goal on the night. Even so, a far sharper performance is needed from the United States if they are to step up their preparations ahead of the finals in June, while Turkey themselves have one eye on Euro 2010 qualification and will be eager to continue their fine run of form away in the States. Like we said, too difficult to split them apart so a draw is a fair and perhaps logical punt.

Our Recommendation: Landon Donovan Anytime Scorer – 3.00 Bet365



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