England v USA Betting Tips & Predictions
England take on the USA in a friendly match at Wembley Stadium on Thursday 15th Nov in an 8.00pm kick-off that’ll be screened live on Sky Sports. It’s billed as a warm-up for the upcoming UEFA Nation League challenges; however, it’ll also serve as a great chance for a number of fringe players to force their way into manager Gareth Southgate’s thinking ahead of a busy 2019. So, here are our best England v USA betting tips.
This will be the 11th recorded competitive meeting between the sides. As you might expect, England dominate the head-to-head stats, the scores currently standing at 7-2, with one draw. That’s great news for those who intend to follow the match, either at the venue or on TV, and we’re hoping both managers set-up to keep the draw tally where it is.
England Lost Three-in-a-Row
England’s recent form makes for a mixed bag with three defeats from their last six. They went down to Croatia in the semi-final of the World Cup in Russia, courtesy of a 2-1 final score; a Tripper opener was eclipsed by Perisic and Mandzukic after extra-time. That was followed by defeat to Belgium in a third-place play-off, 2-0 the score at Krestovsky Stadium.
Meunier netted inside four minutes to give the Belgians an advantage; it was game over when Hazard doubled up near the end. If the Croatian result was tough to take, the Belgian one was a fair reflection of the match.
Returning from Russia and The Three Lions lost their third game on the bounce when falling to Spain earlier in this competition; dropping a 2-1 at Wembley to get off to the worst possible start. Again, England took the lead, Rashford netting with 11 minutes on the clock; however, that was immediately cancelled by a Niguez equaliser. With the game finely balanced it was Spain who went on to claim the points, Rodrigo rifling home a strike on 32 minutes that turned out to be the decider.
Southgate Got a Response
A response was needed, and Southgate got it when watching his band of brothers roll up their sleeves and scrap to a 1-0 friendly win over Switzerland in September at the King Power Stadium. Rashford was again man of the moment, getting the goal that mattered early in the second-half; that goal proved enough to see off a spirited Swiss side who gave a great account of themselves.
That result helped steady the ship a little and it was followed with a goalless draw away to Croatia when back in Nations League action. This was a match England were expected to win, but they couldn’t find the breakthrough their play deserved. In the end, few could complain about a share of the spoils. One competition point from the first six available to them had fans fearing the worst when heading to Spain for game three; however, they were to be pleasantly surprised.
Setting up at Benito Villamarin as underdogs, England put in one of their best performances in living memory to beat the hosts by the odd goal in five. It’s worth knowing they took the lead once again. Sterling scored the first of two on 16, the other on 38, with those goals coming either side of another for Rashford who continued his impressive form. Spain hit back through Alacer and Ramos. The final score suggested a close match, but the victors were 3-0 up at one point and lost a goal on 97 minutes to keep the numbers close. The night wasn’t as tight as the result would have you believe.
Bookies Back the Hosts
That turnaround in form means it’s no surprise to learn bookmakers are siding with England; they have the home win marked as hot favourite. Punters happy to follow traders in on that one will find Unibet’s 1/3 one of the better prices available. We know, that’s terribly short for a friendly match with nothing at stake, especially against a good side; however, it’s much better than the norm with many firms pricing England out of reach at 2/9. With that in mind, perhaps the 1/3 isn’t too bad.
If looking for an alternative bet it may be worth sticking with the trends. Flicking through the favourite’s recent performances we noticed they are developing a habit of scoring the first goal in matches and that’s worth remembering when approaching this one. Back England to break the deadlock at around the 3/10 mark.
The fixture itself throws up a few points of interest, and we’re happy to play those close. Both teams have scored in two of the last three games involving England and USA, the same again worth a spot in your accumulators at a handy 8/13. England dominate this fixture, as already mentioned; however, there’s never a lot in the games with one goal or less separating the rivals in two of the three most recent clashes.
What do Team USA Bring?
Traders have an away win chalked up on the betting board at top price 9/2 with the same firm – but that may be a little harsh on a side who are more than capable of causing England problems. They held on for a 1-1 finish last time, Clint Dempsey and Steven Gerrard the scorers, and got the same result when matching Peru in a friendly last month.
USA haven’t beaten England since 1993, so perhaps that explains why they have been written off; however, it would be foolish to take them lightly. If Southgate’s team do, the Americans will punish them at the national stadium. America haven’t been winning too many matches of late; having said that, they did get a 1-1 draw with France in the summer and pushed Ireland close when dropping a 2-1, Judge scoring a 90th minute winner.
There’s a number of ways you can back the visiting side without actually taking them to win the match. Back USA to score a goal at William Hill and they’ll give you an attractive 10/11. That’s sure to pull its weight in your multiples.