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06-11-2010, 06:53 PM #1
Math Prediction of England vs USA FIFA World Cup 2010
England starts their World Cup 2010 mission with the match against United States on 12 June. The Three Lions would love to have a winning start, but given USA’s form in the recent years, more specifically in FIFA Confederations Cup where they reached the final, it would not be an easy job for the England players.
However, US defense has been a matter of worry for coach Bob Bradley following shaky performance of their back four in the recent friendly matches. USA conceded 6 goals in their last 3 friendly fixtures.
Who between Jay DeMerit and Oguchi Onyewu would partner captain Carlos Bocanegra at the heart of the defense would be a big question for Bradley. Onyewu has just retuned to action after recovering from his long-term injury and the AC Milan player could not yet get his rhythm back. Bornstein would be on the left back, while Cherundolo is most likely to be featured on the right back position.
England players, specially the attacking line up, would be happy to see USA’s shaky defending and it suggest players like Rooney, Lampard and Gerrard could open the US floodgate in the match.
However, England also has their fare share of worry ahead of the match. In the recent friendly matches, England was not even close to their imperious form that they displayed during their World Cup qualifying campaign.
Sloppy passing and ordinary defending were even vivid in England’s latest 3-0 warm-up victory against Platinum Stars. Glen Johnson on the right back has put some poor show in the recent matches, giving some scary feelings in the English camp.
In the midfield, Lampard and Gerrard both have attacking intent. So, it is a question that in the absence of Gareth Barry who would play the defensive role. If Capello deploys Milner or Carrick as holding midfielder, then he might have to play with a lone striker which may not be a good idea, given that Rooney needs to operate freely in the area with a striker up front.
Moreover, giving the defensive role to Gerrard may take its toll on England attack. In fact, the Liverpool star has recently shown that he along with Rooney could make a lethal combination in attack.
USA has very good attacking options. The players like Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore could fully capitalize on any shaky performance by England defenders.
Prediction: England 2- 0 USA
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Considering all the factors, it could be a 2-0 victory for England. With Rooney, Gerrard and Lampard at the core, England has top class attacking line up. Given USA’s shaky defending in the recent matches, England could open scoring without facing much trouble. On England defense, Glen Johnson has quality and talent to give a rock solid performance, even though his recent form indicates something different....being a human...