May 03, 2010
Group C has perennial favourites England who will have plenty of fan support as they head into yet another World Cup with high hopes, and they will be joined by Algeria, United States and Slovenia.
The group winner has to play the team that finishes runner-up in Group D, while the second placed team in this group will face the winner of Group D.
England has one of the best coaches in the world in Fabio Capello and the Brits will be aiming to score their second World Cup after producing less than spectacular results on the world stage since their only Cup win back in the halcyon days of 1966.
England has quality players in Wayne Rooney, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerard, and they are at a short quote to get through to the next round, especially as they do not face any highly ranked teams in their group.
England has beaten Mexico (3-1) and Japan (2-1) in recent friendlies with Ledley King, Peter Crouch and Glen Johnson all scoring goals. The two England goals against the Japanese were courtesy of own goals by Japan.
Algeria qualified for the tournament under the coaching of Rabah Saadane and the best they have done to date in the World Cup is making it to the first round in 1982 and 1986 and scoring a memorable 2-1 win over West Germany at the time.
Players such as Antar Yahia, Karim Ziani and Rafik Saifi will come to the fore during the Cup and while the Algerians are not favoured to progress past the first round, they are capable of playing some very attractive football and will be out to earn respect on the big stage.
Algeria had a heavy loss to Ireland (3-0) before defeating the United Arab Emirates (1-0) in their last two practice games. Karim Ziani scored the winner against the U.A.E. from the penalty spot.
United States performed admirably in the 2002 World Cup making the quarter finals, before failing to make the group stage in 2006, and coach Bob Bradley will be looking to make amends in Africa this time round.
Much will rest on the shoulders of the United State’s best player in Landon Donovan, while Tim Howard and Carlos Bocanegra are other players of note for the US team.
The USA lost to Czech Republic (4-2) and beat Turkey (2-1) in friendly matches on home soil before coming to South Africa and defeating Australia (3-1) in their most recent warm up game. Edson Buddle and Herculez Gomez have both scored two goals in latest games and the Americans have found form at the right time.
One would expect them to go through to the next round alongside England, and that’s how the bookies have it too.
Slovenia had a forgettable 2020 World Cup when their only appearance ended in less than satisfactory circumstances and coach Matjaz Kek will be keen to show them in a much more positive vein this time round.
The Slovenians proved to be a very good defensive unit through the qualifying rounds and Robert Koren, Milivoje Novakovic and Samir Handanovicenough are players to watch for Slovenia.
Slovenia beat New Zealand (3-0) in their latest friendly with Milivoje Novakovic scoring a double and Andraz Kirm chiming in with the final goal, all before half-time.
World Cup Group C Predictions
1. England 2. USA 3. Slovenia 4. Algeria
England has the quality and goal scoring potential to win this group and they are deserved favourites to take top spot against slightly inferior opposition.
United States are in good form leading into the tournament and their solid performances at last year’s Confederations Cup will hold them in good stead here to make them the team most likely to fill second spot.
Slovenia qualified on the back of some very good football and defensively they are a very sound outfit. Slovenia could provide an upset in this group as a first-up win could have the USA on the back foot, if England beat the Americans as expected in the first group match.
Algeria are big odds to win the group and don’t look capable of getting enough points to get through to the next round.
World Cup Group C Betting odds
England meet the United States in the first match Group C and it will be held in Rustenburg.
|Jun 13th||England||vs.||United States||Rustenburg||4:30am||Odds|
|Jun 19th||Slovenia||vs.||United States||Johannesburg||12:00am||Odds|
|Jun 19th||England||vs.||Algeria||Cape Town||4:30am||Odds|
|Jun 24th||Slovenia||vs.||England||Mandela Bay||12:00am||Odds|
|Jun 24th||United States||vs.||Algeria||Tshwane||12:00am||Odds|
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