While every team plays 3 games in the group stage of the World Cup, you can easily argue that the opening game is the most important. History has shown that 80% of the teams who win their opening game of the tournament move on to the knockout stage. As good as it is to get that first win out of the way, it is not a time to relax, especially when the next game up is against a team who might be a little desperate after a less than perfect start to the World Cup. England got off to a flying start, which we will talk about in a moment, and their next game will come on Friday against the United States, who are probably a little disappointed to not have picked up the win in their opener. These teams do have a World Cup history, but all the focus will be on this particular game. England is favored in this one and the goal total is set at 2 ½. Let’s have a closer look at the upcoming game between England and USA so you can place your bets on their FIFA World Cup Odds.
2022 FIFA World Cup Betting Analysis: England vs USA Group B Matchup
England versus United States Match Info
- When: Friday. November 25th at 2 PM EST
- Where: Al Bayt Stadium, Qatar
- TV: FOX
Why bet on England
This has probably been the first time in a while where English fans have approached a major tournament not feeling that great about their chances. After making it to the final of the European Championships, where they ultimately lost to Italy, the English took a backward step that included relegation from the top group in the UEFA Nation’s League. Their build up to this tournament was certainly not what you would expect from a squad of players that is this good, but optimism is high once again after a 6-2 win over Iran in the opener. There is, though, some concern about the availability of Harry Kane, who went off injured in that game. If there is a positive to take from that, it’s that he actually was not among the scorers in that win over Iran, with 5 other players hitting the back of the net.
Why bet on the USA
There are worse things that can happen than tying the opening game of the tournament, but the USA are going to feel that they let two points slip. They were in control in the first half of their game against Wales, going into the break with a 1-0 lead. They found themselves hanging on a little as the Welsh pressed in the second half, with Gareth Bale ultimately tying things up late via the penalty spot. The US are going to need to deliver the goods for the full 90 minutes in this one, and they might well settle for another point, especially with Iran being the team they face in their final group stage game. If they can end the group stage with 5 points, that would probably be enough to see them move on, although goal difference might well come into play.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
These teams met in the World Cup back in 2010, with that game ending in a 1-1 tie. Like I already said, the US would probably take a similar result, but I have a feeling they are going to come out on the losing end in this one.
FIFA World Cup Betting Pick: England 2 USA 1