England can seal their progression to the knockout stages with a win against the United States on Friday night. The Three Lions looked fantastic in their opening 6-2 win against Iran. The game remains the highest-scoring fixture at the World Cup after nine matches.
The United States threw away a 1-0 lead against Wales in the second half to draw 1-1. It was a tale of two halves as the United States were brilliant in the opening period and could have had far more than one goal. The second half was much different, as Wales introduced target man Kieffer Moore.
The Yanks couldn’t get up the pitch and were under far more pressure, which resulted in a penalty given against centre-back Walker Zimmermann. The United States cannot afford to lose to England. Wales will play earlier in the day on Friday and a win versus Iran could add even more pressure on the United States' shoulders.
Sportsbooks’ best betting odds on an England win at full-time are 4/7. United States are at odds of 9/2 to win, while a draw is at the best betting odds of 16/5. Let’s explore some ideas for a bet builder for the World Cup fixture.
England vs USA Bet Builder
We've compiled a tasty 12/1 England vs USA bet builder ahead of Friday's World Cup Group B match. Stake £10 on this bet builder and you could profit £120 if all the selections occur in the game.
Full-time result: England to win
If England play like they did on matchday No 1 of Group B, they can win the World Cup 2022. The Three Lions were full of energy from the start and Gareth Southgate’s substitutions showed their strength in depth.
Of course, England won’t have an easy game for the rest of the tournament. Iran had no interest in attacking England and allowed them to spend the majority of the game with the ball. The United States will like try to pressure England from the front. The problem with this plan is England have the players to pass around, over, and through them.
The States were at their best in the first half but dropped off in the second period allowing Wales to have more time on the ball. England have a record of 8W-1D-2L versus the States all time. The Three Lions are unbeaten in five straight games against the States. Our betting tips prediction is for England to win.
Both teams to score in the first half: NO
Nine of the 10 opening fixtures at the 2022 FIFA World Cup went into halftime with both teams not scoring goals. The first half of games have been low scoring overall and our betting tips prediction is for both teams not to score in the first half on Friday night.
England’s last eight games in international football went into the halftime break with both teams not scoring goals. The United States’ last 13 games in international football saw both teams not scoring goals. All 13 of the Yanks’ matches in 2022 ended with both teams not scoring in the first period of games.
The first half of the game on Friday could be rather one-sided. The match should go into the halftime break with both teams not scoring goals.
Total goals: Over 2.5 goals
Just three of the opening nine games of the 2022 FIFA World Cup finished with over 2.5 goals. Just 33% of matches had over 2.5 goals from the opening nine fixtures. The number of games with more than 2.5 goals should increase as the tournament progresses, especially as teams find form.
Four of the States’ 13 games in 2022 ended with over 2.5 goals. The Yanks have not done much scoring in recent times, so it could be England doing most of the goalscoring.
The Three Lions saw over 2.5 goals in their last two matches in all competitions. The attack was brilliant against Iran on the opening day of Group B. The States will be better defensively than Iran. Three of the four starting defenders for America versus Wales play in Europe and two of those players compete in the Premier League.
There will be some familiarity between the two teams. Still, England could find it easy to get through the American defence.
Bukayo Saka to score anytime
Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka could be the breakout player at this year’s World Cup. Kylian Mbappe won the Young Player of the Tournament four years ago. This time, it could be Saka lifting the trophy.
Saka scored twice in England’s 6-2 win versus Iran on Group B’s opening day. Saka has played just 21 times for England since debuting in 2020. He has six goals for the England national team.
Saka’s pace should exploit the United States defence. He will likely be up against Fulham left-back Antonee Robinson. While Robinson can deal with Saka, he will need his left-sided forward Christian Pulisic to help him defensively.
Robinson could be in too many one-on-one situations with Saka taking advantage. Our betting tips prediction is for Saka to score against the United States.
Total corners: Over 6.5 corners
England tallied eight corners against Iran while conceding zero. The Three Lions allowed Iran just 21% possession across the first game. Iran couldn’t get ahold of the ball as England starved them of it.
The United States tallied five corners and combined with Wales for eight total corners. The United States had 59% possession as Wales allowed the Yanks to attack them. England will take the game to the States. It should see the Stars and Striped spending a lot of time around their penalty area repelling England's attacks.
Our betting tips prediction is for England and the United States to combine for over 6.5 corner kicks. There should be plenty of attacking football from England, with the United States likely spending time defending.