Group C is probably one of the easiest groups in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Algeria and Slovenia barely qualified for this tournament, while USA did it quickly and easily. England is simply superior (at least in theory) than the rest of the group. The most complicated match for the English is going to be against USA, thanks to the tremendous growth that has taken place in recent years in the North American country.
WHAT TO THINK ABOUT THE GROUP:
Even though Slovenia and Algeria could give a surprise, it doesn’t look like much trouble for USA and England. Both teams have great technique, nice plays and competitive players. Slovenia is a team that can put up a fight offensively, but it doesn’t seem to have anything extraordinary to help them. Algeria, the African representative in this group could rely on its great defense and counter attack trying to beat the favorites of this group.
HOW THEY RANKED LAST APRIL:
FIFA ranks every international football team on the 28th of each month; so, the rank for these four teams during April 28th. 2010 was like this:
England ranked as number 8.
USA ranked as 14th.
Algeria ranked as number 31 of the world.
Slovenia ranked as number 23.
The numbers for May 28th. are going to show probably the same ranks, usually a team doesn’t climb or loses many spots each month, if the any team ranks higher or lower is in an average of 3 spots. Meaning that USA was number 14 in April, but in May could be 11 or 17 on average.
2010 FIFA World Cup Schedule for USA:
6/12 England vs. USA Royal Bafokeng 2:00 p.m. EST/1:00 p.m. CST/11:00 a.m. PST
6/13 Algeria vs. Slovenia Peter Mokaba 7:00 a.m. EST/6:00 a.m. CST/4:00 a.m. PST
6/18 Slovenia vs. USA Ellis Park 9:30 a.m. EST/8:30 a.m. CST/6:30 a.m. PST
6/18 England vs. Algeria Green Point 2:00 p.m. EST/1:00 p.m. CST/11:00 a.m. PST
6/23 Slovenia vs. England Nelson Mandela 9:30 a.m. EST/8:30 a.m. CST/6:30 a.m. PST
6/23 USA vs. Algeria Loftus Versfeld 9:30 a.m. EST/8:30 a.m. CST/6:30 a.m. PST
England vs. USA:
USA is the big favorite in this match, then a draw.
Algeria vs. Slovenia:
Algeria is favorite, then a slight advantage of the draw over Slovenia.
Slovenia vs. USA:
A draw is the main prediction of gamblers, then, Slovenia.
England vs. Algeria:
A draw, then England.
Slovenia vs. England:
The favorite is Slovenia, then a draw.
USA vs. Algeria:
Algeria is favorite, then a draw.
Betting odds in this group are giving 7 points to Algeria, USA 4 points, 1 point to England, and 4 points to Slovenia, making Algeria the first qualified team, then the battle between USA and Slovenia for the second ticket to the next round. However, don’t get excited if your team is favorite in certain matches, gamblers usually go for the underdog of the match.
Experts agree: “England hands crossed”, even if they lose against USA (something not likely) experts are positive that England can crush the next two teams to qualify as the first place.
USA should have no problems to qualify to the next round. Algeria could give a battle if they win the match against Slovenia, the weakest link, but it seems unlikely that Algeria could beat either one, USA and England to get the second place of this group.
CHANCES TO QUALIFY TO THE 2ND. ROUND: