England v USA Betting Tips & Preview
England start off their international break on Thursday with a home friendly against Dave Sarachan’s USA. After England’s hugely successful World Cup campaign in Russia, optimism around the national team is still very high and we can expect an almost full Wembley on Thursday night. It’s been over 8 years since the 2 sides last met in South Africa, but many fans will still want revenge after Rob Green’s howler in the game.
England’s Recent International Form
The Last International Break
England were back in UEFA Nations League action in the last international break, with positive outcomes from both results. A 0-0 draw in difficult circumstances in Croatia will certainly be looked back on as a point gained rather than 2 points dropped. After the 2-1 World Cup semi final defeat, the game was definitely a sign of progress for the Three Lions. Jadon Sancho made an international debut, and alongside Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane, he formed a very young front line.
Their away match against Spain is one that will be remembered for years. 2 goals from Raheem Sterling either side of a Marcus Rashford strike sent England into the break 3-0 up. Paco Alcacer and Sergio Ramos pulled goals back for Spain, but ultimately, it wasn’t enough. Coming into the game, Spain had not lost a competitive home fixture for 38 games, a run that lasted over 15 years. Gareth Southgate set up his team perfectly and it’s tough not to be optimistic about the future of the English national team.
USA’s Recent International Form
The Last International Break
With no major qualifying campaigns currently underway for the USA, they faced 2 friendlies against Colombia and Peru. Against Colombia, 5 second half goals were scored in a 4-2 defeat. James Rodriguez put Colombia ahead before the break, but Kellyn Acosta and Bobby Wood scored 2 quickfire goals to make it 2-1. Carlos Bacca made it 2-2 after 56 minutes, before Radamel Falcao and Miguel Borja completed the rout.
The team were clearly second best against Colombia, and it was a similar story against Peru. Josh Sargent of Werder Bremen scored his 2nd international goal at just 18 years old, becoming the 4th youngest player to achieve that feat. Edison Flores’ equaliser did come late on, but it’s tough to argue that Peru weren’t completely deserving of the draw. With only 30% of the ball and ⅓ of the amount of shots, the USA were outclassed by their South American counterparts.
How The Squads Match Up
Much of the build up ahead of this match has been focused around Wayne Rooney. England’s record goalscorer is returning for one more appearance, with money being collected for the striker’s very own Wayne Rooney Foundation International charity. It’s already been confirmed that Rooney won’t be starting, and it will likely be a cameo 120th appearance. Dele Alli, Ross Barkley and Michael Keane have all earned returns to the squad after impressing for their clubs. Callum Wilson has also been handed his first opportunity for the first team after making one appearance for the U21’s in 2014.
Christian Pulisic is back for the USA, and alongside a team featuring Timothy Weah, DeAndre Yedlin and Bobby Wood, the Americans have plenty to offer. Yedlin isn’t the only instantly recognisable name in the squad, with Brad Guzan and Cameron Carter Vickers also having experience in the English leagues.
England v USA Head To Head Record
England Wins - 7 Draws - 1 USA Wins - 2
Games between England and the USA have been few and far between, due to playing in different confederations and USA’s fleeting success in international tournaments. The last time the 2 nations met was the game that featured Rob Green’s infamous fumble that gifted Clint Dempsey a goal in a 1-1 draw at the 2010 World Cup. Prior to that, England had won the previous 3 games, dating back to a 2-0 US Cup loss in 1993. Overall, in the 10 matches that have been played, England have scored an incredible 36 goals, so we could be in for a treat at Wembley.
Where To Watch England v USA
England v USA will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event from 8pm on Thursday 16th November.
Bet UK’s Betting Tips
England should be full of confidence after there last round of international fixtures and although USA might be better than some expect, it should not be a close contest.
*All odds from Bet UK’s online sportsbook correct at the time of writing.
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