England v United States Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 12, 2018
Wembley Stadium - International Friendly
If Wayne Rooney’s inclusion in England’s friendly against the United States was meant to drum up interest in this fixture, it’s certainly done the trick. There’s more to this game besides a send-off for the Three Lions’ record goalscorer though, as Gareth Southgate continues to build for the future.
These teams last met at the 2010 World Cup, with the countries sharing a 1-1 draw in their opening group game. England won three friendlies in a row before that, although the US were victorious in a friendly just before their home World Cup in ’94.
With Rooney set to start as a sub, we should see a familiar English attack that’s likely to comprise of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford. Callum Wilson has been handed his first international call-up after a fine start to the season, while Ross Barkley is back in the fold after breaking into the Chelsea side.
Former Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan will win his 60th cap for the away side, with Newcastle defender DeAndre Yedlin set to start in front of him. Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic is the star turn for the USMNT, who have included George Weah’s son, Timothy, in their squad.
England v United States Preview and Predictions
Whether it’s players misbehaving or managers taking issue with the FA board, controversy is never too far away from the England team. This time though, there’s been a furore over the plan to reward Wayne Rooney’s service to the Three Lions with a game in his honour.
Although plenty of other countries have held similar events in recent times, this is a first for the FA. It hasn’t been well received in all quarters, but the England fans at Wembley have a chance to salute their record goalscorer on Thursday. They also have the chance to donate to his foundation, despite the FA stopping short of sharing the spoils from the gate receipts.
The controversy has threatened to derail Gareth Southgate’s fabulous work over the last few months, with the summer’s World Cup semi-final appearance backed up by an excellent victory in Spain last time out. The Three Lions should be on a high, and they are the 1/3 favourites to continue the good vibes with a victory here.
The US come into this game on anything but a high. They failed to qualify for the World Cup, and have lost two of four home games since the summer showpiece. Interim boss Dave Sarachan is attempting to stake a claim for the job on a permanent basis, and a win here would do him the world of good. The visitors are 11/1 to get it, with the draw priced at 5/1.
England to win to nil at 19/20
The away team are short of goalscorers in their squad, so this bet looks a good way to enhance your odds on the home win.
Rooney to score last at 9/2
What a fitting end to the former captain’s international career this would be. You can bet your bottom dollar the 33-year-old will be on any set pieces when he gets on the pitch, so he may get a chance.