England vs United States preview – Group C

The first Group C in the 2010 World Cup throws up a mouth watering clash for footballing fans when England steps out on to the pitch for the first time against the United States at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg at 4:30am Melbourne time.

These two sides last met in a 2008 friendly in the UK where England sealed victory with 2 goals to John Terry and Steven Gerrard.

Wayne Rooney scored 9 goals during qualification for England with Peter Crouch and Frank Lampard grabbing 4 goals each and England scored goals at the excellent rate of 3.40 per game.

Jozy Altidore nabbed 6 for the USA with Michael Bradley, Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey all scoring 5 each and the United States had a more than handy average goal per game rate of 2.33.

England England vs United States USA

When: Sunday 13th
Time: 4:30am AEST Melbourne time
Where: Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
TV: Televised live on SBS

The last meeting between these two sides resulted in a 2-0 win to England in a 2008 friendly.

Last time they met
28.05.08 England 2-0 United States Friendly

Recent History
28.05.08 England 2-0 United States Friendly
28.05.05 United States 1-2 England Friendly
7.09.94 England 2-0 United States Friendly
9.06.93 United States 2-0 England Friendly

Latest England and United States Form

England (#8)
30.05.10 WON Japan 1-2 England Friendly
24.05.10 WON England 3-1 Mexico Friendly
03.03.10 WON England 3-1 Egypt Friendly
14.11.09 Lost Brazil 1-0 England Friendly
14.10.09 WON England 3-0 Belarus World Cup Qualifier

England has won all three friendly games this year scoring 8 goals in the process. Their last defeat was a 1-0 loss to Brazil last November.

United States (#14)
05.06.10 WON United States 3-1 Australia Friendly
29.05.10 WON United States 2-1 Turkey Friendly
26.05.10 Lost United States 2-4 Czech Republic Friendly
03.03.10 Lost Netherlands 2-1  United States Friendly
25.02.10 WON United States 2-1 El Salvador Friendly

The United States have won three of their past five friendlies this year and are averaging 2 goals a game. They have scored in all five recent games and the US will be hoping to keep that scoring rate up going into the tournament.

England vs United States Preview

England
England had the ideal South Africa campaign and they scored the most goals in their qualifying group with 34 in total. The Three Lions comfortably qualified for the 2010 World Cup grabbing nine wins in a row before losing their final qualifying match against the Ukraine.

Ledley King, Peter Crouch and Glen Johnson all scored goals in recent practice games.

In the group phase of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, England beat Paraguay (1-0), Trinidad (2-0) and drew with Sweden (2-2) to move on to the next round.

United States
The USA had an excellent World Cup qualifying and they defeated both Honduras and Mexico with solid performances.

A defeat of Spain in the 2009 Confederations Cup along the way will have the USA quietly confident of a good showing in South Africa.

Edson Buddle and Herculez Gomez have scored multiple goals of late and the Americans have found form at the right time.

In 2006 the USA lost to Czechoslovakia (0-3), drew Italy (1-1) and lost to Ghana (1-2) to finish on the bottom of Group E.

Sportsbet odds for England and United States

England 1.53
Draw 4.00
United States 6.50

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Match Prediction

The USA have the experience of playing in altitude in the 2009 Confederations Cup and they pulled off a win over Spain under similar conditions. With the game being played in Rustenberg it gives the Americans a slight advantage over England from that perspective. At first glance the USA look value at their $6.50 especially if you consider backing the USA at the handicap with a head start.

Depending how the game pans out both sides could settle on a draw if the situation arises and if you fancy the United States at all then backing them at the +0.5 could be an option.

Having said that, England have taken all before them of late and they enter this World Cup on the back of a very solid preparation and all things being equal they should snare the victory here on talent alone.

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