To bring Friday’s World Cup action to an end, Group B’s England (1 win, 0 losses, 0 draws) battles the USA (0-0-1) with kickoff from Al Bayt Stadium set for 2 p.m. ET (FOX). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the England vs. USA odds, and make our best World Cup bets, picks and predictions.
England absolutely destroyed Iran in their World Cup opener. The result was a 6-2 win with M Bukayo Saka as the only player for winning team to net multiple goals.
England had 79% of possession and 5 more shots (4 more shots on target). F Harry Kane injured his ankle against Iran, so there is concern if he will be at 100%.
USA had an unsatisfying 1-1 draw with the F Gareth Bale-led Wales. They went up 1-0 early in the 1st half, but a late bad foul in the box by D Walker Zimmerman led to the Bale penalty kick goal.
The US shockingly did not play M Gio Reyna, who will be 100% healthy and likely to start on Friday. USA actually had 2 fewer shots on goal and 1 less shot on target despite having 59% of the possession.
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England vs. USA odds
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- Moneyline: England -170 (bet $170 to win $100) | USA +470 (bet $100 to win $470) | Draw +330
- Over/Under: 2.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)
England 2, USA 1
There’s no value here.
If I had to choose something on this, it would be the Draw (+330). USA played better than the numbers look against Wales, and England got on a role. What was impressive is USA’s ability to limit quality Welsh chances.
Unlike Iran, USA has speed on the defensive edges in D Sergino Dest and D Antonee Robinson to help tame what Saka and F Raheem Sterling are capable of doing.
The unknown regarding Kane’s injury also makes the draw enticing. I would still pass though with just a slight lean to the Draw (+330).
BET OVER 2.5 (-115).
England looked unstoppable against Iran, and while the point still stands for Dest and Robinson, both got a full dose of work against Wales and could have tired legs.
The quality on the England side is difficult to overlook. England had 13 shots and put 7 on target. They controlled possession and looked incredible with their finishing. I expect a similar result.
They did, however, give up 2 goals to Iran, and the USA attack, led by Chelsea F Christian Pulisic, should be even more lethal. If they can get at least 3 shots on target, expect 1 to be converted.
The pace of this game, especially with the excitement on both ends, should produce goals as well. Each team was over 80% in passing accuracy, so they should be able to breakthrough backlines with that efficiency.
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