USA Eying Upset
The World Cup kicks off Friday, but most eyes in this country will be focused on the Saturday matchup between England and USA. Here’s the preview from BroburySports.com.
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The odds for Saturday’s game are England -200 and USA +550. A tie comes in at +280. The over/under for goals is 2.5.
England is 7/1 to win the tournament after opening up at 6/1. That trails only Spain (15/4), Brazil (9/2) and Argentina (13/2). England is just ahead of several other solid European teams like Holland (9/1), Germany (12/1) and Italy (16/1).
England has won the World Cup just once in its famous history. That was 1966. Their highest finish since was fourth place in 1990. They’ve had several crushing losses since then, including losing to Portugal in 2006 on penalty kicks.
David Beckham went out after halftime in that Portugal game due to an injury. He’s out for this tournament as well, failing to become his first countryman to play in four Word Cups.
The team will look to 24-year-old scoring sensation Wayne Rooney. He is one of the favorites (10/1) to win the Top Goal Scorer prop at Brobury. England can beat USA without a big performance from Rooney, but has no shot to win the whole thing without him carrying a big load.
USA (80/1 to win the tourney) made the quarterfinals in 2002 before failing to advance from its opening group in 2006. They had a good showing at the 2009 Confederations Cup. This year, the offense looks farther ahead than the defense.
Midfield star Landon Donovan and goaltender Tim Howard both have Premier League experience and that helps a lot. If several other players step up, then this opening game could be closer than expected, especially considering the pressure on the English side.
These teams are both out of Group C. England is the -333 favorite, followed by USA (+420), Slovenia (+1000) and Algeria (+1600).
This was considered a very favorable setup for England, but USA should advance as well no matter what happens on Saturday.
Posted: 6/11/10 12:10PM ET