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World Cup Group C Betting – Three Lions Roar, Americans Join Them In Second Round

Posted by Todd Shale on 5/20/2010 2:10:19 PM
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England are one of the online betting favorites to lift their second World Cup, and they should have no problem flexing their muscles throughout Group C. But the fun will come for second place, where the United States will have to fight off a pair of pesky teams to make it to the round of 16.

Key Match

The England-USA match to open the group on June 12th at 2:30 PM ET is the glamour matchup that everyone wants to see, but the Americans’ meeting with Slovenia on June 18th at 10:00 AM ET may be more important to deciding who will go through to the next round.

England - World Cup Group C Betting
  • History: 13th appearance; Quarterfinals in 2006
  • Best finish: Champions (1966)
  • World Cup Group C Betting Odds: -300

Why they can win: The English have always had the talent, and they have it again with Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard, among others, in devastating form. But it’s been manager Fabio Capello that has really strengthened the squad with his no-nonsense style of coaching. Under previous managers, some England players weren’t worried about how they were playing because they knew they would be picked anyway. The only major worry about form for Capello is Steven Gerrard, who had a quiet year at Liverpool.

Why they can’t win: For all of the talent on the pitch, England has some problems between the sticks. Will it be Joe Hart or David James as the No.1 keeper? Hart had a brilliant season at Birmingham, but no experience. James has all the experience, but he’s getting up there in age and isn’t really all that great anymore.

United States - World Cup Group C Betting
  • History: 9th appearance; First round, 2006
  • Best finish: Third place (1930)
  • World Cup Group C Betting Odds: +450

Why they can win: The Americans are a definite World Cup betting underdog in this event, but they earned a fortunate draw against Algeria and Slovenia. Led by striker Landon Donovan, the Americans have a balanced group that has played together for a while now. They’ll also have an edge over England in goal as Tim Howard has played in the Premiership for seven years now. Also, a big tournament could be on the horizon for young Jozy Altidore.

Why they can’t win: The defense can be leaky at times, and the duo of Carlos Bocanegro and Oguchi Onyewu can’t allow a bad game against England to affect them going forward. Howard is capable of stealing a game for the Americans, but they’re going to have to play well in front of him.

Slovenia - World Cup Group C Betting
  • History: 2nd appearance; didn’t qualify in 2006
  • Best finish: First round (2002)
  • World Cup Group C Betting Odds: +1000

Why they can win: The Slovenians are scrappy, and needed a playoff win over Russia to qualify for their second World Cup. The Slovenians have a strong defense which comes in handy because they don’t have many goalscoring threats outside of Milivoje Novakovic, so they depend heavily on the back four that sets up in front of goalkeeper Samir Handanovic. Marko Suler and Bostjan Cesar are the heart of the Slovenian defense.

Why they can’t win: We’re not sure that the Slovenians are a good sportsbook darkhorse to ride because of their inability to score goals. Nokavovic scored five of the team’s 20 goals during qualification, and if he were to get injured, it would be catastrophic for Slovenia.

Algeria - World Cup Group C Betting
  • History: 3rd appearance; didn’t qualify in 2006
  • Best finish: First round (1982, 1986)
  • World Cup Group C Betting Odds: +1600

Why they can win: The Algerians play a disciplined defensive style in front of goalkeeper Lounes Gaouaoui, allowing just eight goals in their qualifying campaign. Most of the players selected played together at the African Cup of Nations, and Algeria is going to need all the familiarity they can get just to earn a point out of this group.

Why they can’t win: Simply put, the Algerians are overmatched, especially in attack where Karim Ziani will be counted on for the majority of Algeria’s chances. Antar Yahia chipped in with a couple of goals from the back, but he won’t be able to get forward that much against the likes of England and the United States.

World Cup Group C Betting Prediction & Outlook

Anyone other than England at the top of this group would be a huge upset, as they have the most talent from top to bottom, and an excellent manager now to steer the ship. The Americans should have enough in the tank to hold off Algeria and Slovenia, who will struggle to score goals against each other, so they’ll have a tough time against England and the United States.

Bet World Cup: England -300

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