England, one of the favourites for the 2022 World Cup, will meet the United States in group match number two. The Americans spilled points against Wales in their opening game, so will have to work hard to keep themselves at the knockout stage. England cannot miss a ticket to the eighth finals, should they win against Team USA. In this preview, we look ahead to this World Cup match. We share with you the odds at the bookmakers, after which you will also see our prediction and betting tip.
England World Cup 2022 – Latest Team News and Statistics
After a successful European Championship, England looks on paper to be one of the favourites to win the 2022 World Cup. It took ‘silver’ at last year’s European Championships: only Italy proved too strong. The favourites role was cautiously lived up to in the opening match against Iran. England won 6-2, in a game with as many as 27 minutes of injury time. Gareth Southgate’s team scored three goals in ten minutes just before half-time.
England thus completed a virtually flawless qualifying phase for the 2022 World Cup. In ten games, it picked up 26 points and only gave up three goals. All the more surprising were the counter-goals against puny Iran. FC Porto striker Mehdi Taremi beat goalkeeper Jordan Pickford twice.
As many as five different Englishmen were goal-scorers against Iran. For Harry Kane, the tally still stands at zero, despite the fact that he was seen beforehand as one of the biggest contenders for the Golden Shoe. The Tottenham Hotspur striker did account for two assists, by the way.
United States World Cup 2022 – Latest Team News and Statistics
The United States had a disappointing start to the 2022 World Cup. It encountered Wales last Monday, which beforehand looked like its biggest rival in the fight for a ticket to the knockout phase. Timothy Weah brought his country into the lead 10 minutes before half-time, but the Americans failed to hold on. Gareth Bale brought Wales alongside from 11 metres deep in the second half.
Qualifying did not go too smoothly for Gregg Berhalter’s team either. Mexico and Canada proved stronger and a lacklustre final series meant the United States finished level with Costa Rica. In preparation for the 2022 World Cup, the US lost to Japan and played a scoreless draw against Saudi Arabia.
Familiar names in Berhalter’s selection are Weston McKennie, Sergiño Dest and Christian Pulisic. The latter was important against Wales with an assist. Pulisic is only 24 but has already scored 21 times for Team USA. The Chelsea striker still has some time to go to call himself America’s all-time top scorer. Landon Donovan holds that title for now, with 57 goals.
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England – United States Previous encounters
England and United States have met relatively often in recent years, for two countries from different continents. Since 2005, they played three friendly duels against each other, all of which were won by England. The last one was in 2018 (3-0). In the group stage of the 2010 World Cup, the two countries also played against each other. An early goal by Steven Gerrard was then undone just after half-time by Clint Dempsey. Both England and the US would eventually reach the eighth finals with five points. In fact, the Americans became group winners on goal difference.
England – United States, World Cup 2022: Betting Tip & Odds
The first match at the 2022 World Cup produced a very different result for the United States than for England. Southgate’s team had a flying start, while the Americans were anything but convincing. We predict the US will again be unable to push forward, against a country that normally gets few goals against. The English, on the other hand, possess a lot of attacking power. Our betting tip is that England leads both at half-time and after the final whistle against the Americans, en route to a place in the eighth finals as well as a group win. At bookmaker Bet365, you will get back more than twice your stake for this bet, should our prediction be correct.
- Tip: Half-time/Full-time: England/England
- Quote: 7/5 at bookmaker Bet365
- Risk rating: Medium
- Recommended stake: 5/10