England v Egypt – Friendly shapes start for England Fixture List

29th December 2009 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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England v Egypt
March 3rd, 2010

The England fixture list for next year is growing, as Fabio Capello will see the England v Egypt friendly on March 3rd 2010 that he wanted. It will be the first test in the short international run-in, as nations head rapidly towards the World Cup in South Africa. This match, although it may appear somewhat lacklustre opposition, is in fact a smart move by Capello, to give his men some experience against North African opponents. This could prove essential come the World Cup, as England will face Algeria in their second group match. But should England though, be playing against tougher North African opposition in preparation, is the big question.

With the likes of the Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Ghana potentially being in the latter stages of the competition, then it raises a question as to why Capello is worried over Algeria. With the booking of England v Egypt, perhaps it is not Algeria they are worried about at all, and it is simply a good way to gain some playing experience against opposition from other corners of the world. It is not often that England encounter such opposition, so it should be an interesting World Cup warm up match. Egypt may just provide something a little different to England trying breaking down a European team. Egypt fell in a play-off to England’s group opponents Algeria, and won’t have much to do next summer. Their conquerors, the Algerians, will have the chance to gel a little more as they take part in January’s African Cup of Nations, where the England fixture list won’t have that competitive edge.

For the same reasons that the match against Egypt will bring some kind of new test to Fabio Capello’s men ahead of the World Cup, the Italian is keen to book a friendly against South American opponents Mexico as well. While the two Associations are in discussion, a meeting between them would probably happen in May some time, and then there will be one more friendly to put in right before the World Cup 2010 kicks off on June 11. That match would, more likely than not, be against Japan. If everything is confirmed, then that will be three games outside of the comfort zone of playing other European nations, for England next year.

England will have had more than enough experience of course against other European teams, and that is perhaps why Slovenia, England’s group opponents, will be less of a preparatory headache than Algeria. Capello, who recently announced that former England skipper David Beckham will be definitely in his plans as long as Becks can stay fit, will, by the time of the latter friendlies, know who he is taking to South Africa with him. Beckham, of course, has a big link to England’s opening World Cup 2010 Group match against the USA, where he plies his domestic trade. Beckham is currently on loan with AC Milan until the end of the season, in the interests of him making South Africa 2010 by playing at a top European level. SkyBet are currently offering 4/1 on Beckham to Stat Against USA.

With the turn of the new World Cup year just ahead, England can look back on a successful 2009 under the tenure of Fabio Capello. There are some important decisions for the manager to decide upon over the next six months, and him getting the friendly matches that he wants, the ones that he believes is the best preparation for his team, is the next important step on the road to success. The friendly matches which have been booked are key components of getting the team focused. Online Bookmakers Coral have some good early prices on the England v Egypt friendly.

All Prices at Coral for England v Egypt Friendly, March 3rd, Wembley
England to win: 1/3
Draw: 10/3
Egypt to win: 6/1

Also at the bookmakers, England are still holding solid ground with the favourites for the 2010 World Cup. With Spain out at 9/2 favourites at Sporting Bet, England are 11/2 at Stan James with Brazil also 11/2 at Boylesports. With the draw having been made, prices in the market have shifted a little, with Brazil being in a much tougher group than either England or Spain. While there is still some more preparations to do, online bookmakers of course, are having a field day already with their World Cup markets.

England v USA (June 12, 2010)
England to win: 8/14 at SkyBet
Draw: 14/5 at Bet365
USA to win: 11/2 at Paddy Power

England v Algeria (June 18, 2010)
England to win: 1/3 at SkyBet
Draw: 4/1 at 888Sport
Algeria to win: 11/1 at Victor Chandler

Slovenia v England (June 23, 2010)

England: 2/5 at SkyBet
Draw: 10/3 at SkyBet
Slovenia to win: 8/1 at Paddy Power

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