The most anticipated soccer match in many years takes place on Saturday as the United States faces England in the 2010 World Cup betting in South Africa. It is the opening match for both teams in Group C and it can be seen on ABC television. While the U.S. and England have met in friendlies over the years, this is the first match that has counted for anything since the United States shocked England 1-0 in the 1950 World Cup. England is favored to win Group C while the United States is also expected to advance.
England is a one-goal favorite with a total of 2.5 at SBG Global.
England is favored in this match but the United States is actually given a chance to compete. In past years, the U.S. team was pretty much ignored and thought of as inferior but not this time. The United States has proven they can play with the best teams in the world as they beat Spain last year and nearly upset Brazil. The United States has some very good players including Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey. Four years ago the United States didn’t make it out of the group stage but this is considered a better U.S. team. The United States team is trying very hard not to get too high or too low for this match against England since the other two matches against Slovenia and Algeria will probably determine if they advance. The United States has played well in friendlies leading up to the World Cup while England has not. That may not matter much though since friendlies are really not a good indication of how teams will do in the World Cup.
England is one of the favorites to win the World Cup odds and they have one of the best scorers in the world in Wayne Rooney. They also have other superb players like Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and John Terry. England has an excellent head coach in Fabio Capello and he will have his team ready. He has won a championship in almost half of his 16 seasons as a coach. England will miss captain Rio Ferdinand but they have a lot of depth and should be fine.
The three-way soccer betting line at SBG Global has England at -200, the United States at +570 and the Draw at +280.