England Favored vs. USA in World Cup Odds

World Cup odds favor England on Saturday as they face the United States in the opening match of Group C.

This match is likely to be very popular in World Cup betting and it can be seen on ABC television.

World Cup odds list England as -230 on the three-way soccer betting line with the United States +620 and the Draw at +320. The total on the match is 2.5 with the under at -140.  England is heavily favored on Saturday but the United States has a real chance to be competitive in this match, despite the odds.  The United States has the edge in goal with Tim Howard, they have some real talent with Landon Donovan, Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey and others and they have the belief they can win.  They didn’t have that belief before going into a World Cup.  The United States does have some concerns though as they don’t have a proven goal scorer and their defense can be questionable at times.  The United States is led by Donovan and Dempsey and by Howard in goal. All three need to play well if the U.S. is to have a chance at an upset.  The U.S. also needs someone to score and perhaps it can be Edon Buddle who scored two goals in the win over Australia.

England is led by Wayne Rooney who had a great season for Manchester United before getting hurt.  England has a lot of talent up and down the roster but they will be without Rio Ferdinand so that is a minor concern in this World Cup betting match.  Head coach Fabio Capello should have his team ready though. 

There is no question that England is overrated and overvalued in this match.  The bettors in England simply love their squad no matter what.  England is the third choice in World Cup odds to win it all behind Spain and Brazil.  England does have some talent but they are not a sure thing.  The key for England will be the play of Wayne Rooney. If he plays like he did for Manchester United then England is going to be tough to beat. If not, this England team is capable of losing. The United States comes into this match with a lot of confidence as they beat Spain last year and nearly upset Brazil.  No longer is the United States a joke in World Cup odds.  They are actually expected to advance along with England from Group B with the winner of this match winning the group.