England vs Algeria – betting tips and match preview

World Cup BettingEngland will play Algeria in Friday’s last World Cup match at 19:30 BST in Cape Town. The pressure is on England after goalkeeper Robert Green’s fatal drop against USA, while Algeria stands to be eliminated, if they should receive their second defeat in successive matches.

Match Preview

England can only fail tonight in their second round match against Algeria. The English media and fans demand a win and anything else would be catastrophic for the football loving nation. A situation that could have been avoided, but Robert Greens drop has left Fabio Capello’s team in an aura of despair. Essentially lose or draw against Algeria would leave England in a tough spot, where they will be forced to beat Slovenia in a make or break match to avoid exit. This said they must be confident before the match, as they showed a lot of encouraging football against USA and would have won the match, if Green had not made an error in the end.

Algeria basically stands in a similar situation to England. They lost their first match 1-0, after goalkeeper Faouzi Chaouchi could not hold a tame shot, which leaves them, where nothing but a win will equal an early exit from the World Cup. Despite losing they seem confident going into the match and believe they can attack the lack of pace in England’s back. However it is questionable, whether Algeria’s coach is right in his assessment, as Algeria have only scored one goal in their previous six matches. This goal come from a penalty kick, and based on their performance against Slovenia with only two shots on target, they do not have many chances tonight.

Team Updates

England will have midfielder Gareth Barry back for the match after his six weeks absence due to an ankle injury. At the same time defender Jamie Carragher will likely get his first match tonight replacing injured Ledley King. Despite his drop, Robert Green seems to start again against Algeria, which must be somewhat a confidence boost for the hard tested goalkeeper. Speculations have been made as well about Capello replacing Emile Heskey with Jermain Defoe tonight.

The unlucky Algerian goalkeeper Chaouchi was set to start again, but a sprained knee in Tuesday’s training session make him doubtful. Besides him Algeria is expected to use same line-up again tonight, although Rais M’Bolhi has been called on standby, as Lounes Gaouaoui is rumored out of favor by the coach.

England vs Algeria betting tip

It is difficult to see past England in this match, and we recommend the England -1 handicap bet to odds 1.73 at 888 sports.

The Englishmen have never lost against a team from Africa and levels above the Algerian team in terms of both playing abilities and physical strength. They will likely try to wash away the irritating result from their first match tonight and get some confidence and a much needed win for the fans and team.

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