The most anticipated soccer game in a long, long time for fans in the United States, takes place on Friday at the World Cup in Qatar, as the United States takes on England. This group stage match will have England heavily favored, as they are listed as almost a 2-1 favorite on the money line. England rolled over Iran in their opening group B match, while the United States settled for a disappointing draw against Wales. The match between England and the United States takes place on Friday, November 25 with a start time of 2 pm Eastern Time and can be seen on FOX. Let’s look at United States vs. England World Cup picks.
United States vs. England: World Cup Group Stage
Date: Friday, November 25, 2022
Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Venue: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar
FIFA World Cup Betting Odds
United States +490
Goal Line – England -1 (-103), USA +1 (-114)
United States vs. England Betting
Coming into the World Cup there was no question as to which team was better, as England was ranked No. 5 in the FIFA rankings, while the United States was ranked No. 16. England and the USA have not met in the World Cup since 2010 when the teams played to a draw. England has more star players, but the United States does have some notable players and they have shown the ability to step up in big moments. The key for the USA will be to crowd Harry Kane and keep Raheem Sterling from making plays.
The top player for the United States is midfielder Christian Pulisic who is a world class player. He made a super pass in the draw against Wales that led to the only USA goal by Tim Weah. The strength of the U.S. team is in the midfield, as they also have Weston McKennie, Yunus Musah and Tyler Adams.
We know that the top player for England is Harry Kane who is one of the best strikers in the world. He is likely to surpass Wayne Rooney’s goal-scoring record in this year’s World Cup. England also has an excellent defender in Harry Maguire and a talented winger in Bukayo Saka.
Keep in mind that if England wins this match on Friday and Wales beats Iran, then the U.S. will not only need to beat Iran in their group finale next Tuesday, they will also need to beat out Wales in a tiebreaker, as only the top two teams from the group advance.
United States vs. England World Cup Picks
Is the United States good enough to keep England under control and make this match competitive? The oddsmakers are definitely not so sure, as England is listed as almost a 2-1 favorite. One thing we do know is that there should be plenty of scoring chances. England is going to be coming at the U.S. in waves, and England has plenty of players who are capable of scoring. The question is whether or not the United States can keep pace. It seems extremely unlikely that the USA can score only one goal and come away with a result on Friday. The United States team sat back after scoring against Wales and then took a bad penalty and ended up with a draw in a match they should have won. That result may come back to haunt them if they can’t figure out a way to get something out of this match against England. I don’t know that the United States has the defense to keep England in check but I don’t want to lay almost 2-1 on England, especially when a draw is possible. There is also no value in taking the draw, as we don’t get a good enough price. What we can do, however, is play the total. England has so many good offensive players and the U.S. is capable of scoring goals as well. I expect this to be a match that is more wide-open than some people think, so I will go over the total of 2.5 goals.
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