Monday’s draw against Wales which felt more like a loss puts the United States Men’s National Team in a difficult position as they look to position themselves to advance from Group B. They’ll be hoping for a Wales-Iran draw in the first match of the day before getting ready to face their rivals from Europe.
We’ll preview this matchup and give the best betting odds for it.
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The outcome of this match could determine who’s at the top of Group B by day’s end. England is the sizable favorite to remain at the top spot following the second match day. The English went on a scoring rampage against an Iran team that was clearly outmatched. US goalkeeper, Matt Turner, is going to need to have a great game on Friday to keep the US’ hopes alive.
The USMNT struggled to take advantage of their opportunities in Monday’s match. They only scored one goal in a game where they had many opportunities. Deciding to drop back and play conservatively didn’t help the team’s chances at adding another either. The US will present much more of a challenge to England than Iran did, but it will be critical the team is able to make the most of the chances they get.
Against Wales, the USMNT was not good enough when it came to putting balls in the box. They consistently failed to clear the first man and at times didn’t have enough guys in the box. Christian Pulisic was particularly poor with his corners and set pieces. It may be a move that manager Gregg Berhalter decides to make with his team needing 3 points. Gio Reyna, who did not see the pitch in the first match, could be the guy that takes over this role against England.
The USMNT will have their hands full when trying to defend the England attack. The Three Lions have a number of guys that can score, but their top option may be sidelined. Harry Kane is reportedly dealing with an ankle injury. Manager Garreth Southgate announced that he will be available, but he may not get the start. Nevertheless, guys like Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka are among the names that will be threats to score for the England side. US center backs Walker Zimmerman and Tim Ream are going to need to be sharp.
Unlike Wales, we won’t see England sit back and give the US the possession advantage. It’s likely going to be a free-flowing game that sees plenty of goal-scoring opportunities. Whoever takes advantage of those opportunities the most will be the ones that take control of Group B.
England vs USA Best Betting Odds/Trends
Bet MGM likes the US chances a little bit more. Oddsmakers are giving the US +525 odds, while the Three Lions are listed at -190.
The US might end up hoping for a draw. If they can pick up a point vs England and beat Iran that will put the Americans at 5 points. Since the World Cup field expanded to 32 teams, a 5-point team has never been left out of the knockout stages. The longest odds for a draw are on DraftKings and are listed at +350.
Friday’s matchup will mark the first time these two sides have squared off since 2018. The game was a friendly but England was able to come away with a 3-0 victory. They will now prepare for their third-ever meeting in the World Cup. The US has the advantage on the grandest stage, winning 1-0 in 1950 and tying with England 1-1 in 2010.
The USMNT has long-awaited recognition in the sport that may not even be top 3 in its country in terms of popularity. Beating England once again in the World Cup would go a long way in not only growing soccer in America but also gaining respect on the global level.