England v USA preview – 2010 World Cup

Venue: England v USA in Rustenburg – World Cup Group C match
Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010
Match time: 8.30pm local
England v USA Odds: England win 1/2; draw 5/2; USA win 5/1
Key players – England: Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, John Terry. USA: Landon Donovan, Tim Howard, Jozy Altidore.
Tickets: TBA
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Predictions –
Greg Neville: A Wayne Rooney double will get England off to the good start they require if they are any chance to break the 44-year World Cup drought. Italian manager Fabio Capello will make sure these superstars mean business in Group C and build off that confidence going into the knockout stage. England 2-0.

Miki Barnett: While the U.S. would love nothing more than to knock off old rivals England like their countrymen did so famously back in 1950, it’s not going to happen. Bob Bradley’s men will be outclassed in this opener but they will be able to bounce back. England to win 3-1.

Frank Finnegan: Well, I’ll be rooting with my heart for the US on June 12, and am trying to remain optimistic, but my head just sees too many factors that point to the opposite. The Yanks have one defender that just had hernia surgery, another who can barely move and clearly cannot get off the ground, and a third whose eyesight seems to have left him due to medication he needs to take. Does not bode well against the English attack. The first 15-20 minutes will tell the story of this match – England will unleash everything at the US early in the match. If the US can withstand that, perhaps they can battle to a draw. My head says otherwise. England 3-1, leaving the Slovenia match as a must-win for the Americans. Rooney, Crouch and Gerrard for England; Dempsey for the US.

Ron Patel: All of a sudden the U.S. has a bit of pressure following last year’s stunning performance at the Confederations Cup. England won’t be taken by surprise, and the duo of Rooney and Crouch will wreak havoc in the uncertain U.S. defense. England to win it 3-0.

Peter Howard: This game is huge for the US. Obviously, the goal is to win, however, it’s more important for the US to not suffer a devastating loss. Play well, even in defeat, and maintain a little confidence, and maybe even some swagger, to carry you through, and hopefully out of, the group stage. However, if England is able to rout the Americans, it could be a demoralizing blow that the US cannot recover from. Look for the US to fall behind early, but to fight back in the second half to keep it close. The US will come up short in a 2-1 defeat.

Alex Michaels: I’m expecting England to make a very nervy start to this year’s World Cup – just as they traditionally always do! I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the U.S. take a first half lead, with Capello giving his players the hairdryer treatment at the break to turn things around. Peter Crouch will come off the bench to snatch a scrappy winner at the end – much to a very relieved England.

Other June 12 matches: Argentina v Nigeria in Johannesburg at 4pm (Argentina win 4/7; draw 2/1; Nigeria 11/8); South Korea v Greece in Port Elizabeth at 1.30pm (South Korea win 7/4; draw 2/1; Greece win 11/8).


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