Slovenia vs USA – betting tips and match preview

World Cup BettingSlovenia plays USA in second World Cup match on Friday at 15:00 in Johannesburg. USA managed to draw 1-1 against England in their first round match, while Slovenia won their match 1-0 against Algeria. This will be a key match for both teams in terms of keeping up with England, who are expected to win later today against the supposedly weakest team in group Algeria.

Match Preview

The small nation of Slovenia will face a big task today against the biggest nation represented at the World Cup. However, if they manage to win against USA, they will be among the last 16 at the World Cup. In their first round match Slovenia won a small victory against Algeria, but the match today will be a much harder contest for the Slovenians. It would be giant result for the small nation of 2 million people to qualify for the 1/8-finals and especially coach Matjaz Kek, who was hardly criticized after not winning his first five competitive matches for Slovenia.

After drawing against England, the US team can not afford to lose against Slovenia. The US players are fully aware of this fact and would not want their hard earned 1-1 to be for nothing, which it would essentially be, if they do not win today. In their first round match they were somewhat outclassed by England and were lucky to score in the end, thanks to Robert Green. Nevertheless, they are the favorites today and could put themselves in a favorable spot to progress to the 1/8-finals at the World Cup by winning.

Team Updates

Slovenian coach, Matjaz Kek, is unlikely to make any changes from their match against Algeria. They have no reported injuries and we expect to see the same starting line-up for the match today. The only question mark is Zlatko Dedic, who might be replaced after his poor performance in the first round match. Zlatan Ljubijankic is expected to maybe take his place, as he did in the second half against Algeria.

England coach, Bob Bradley will likely be starting the same eleven, who performed in the England match. There has been some doubt about goalkeeper Tim Howard before the match today, as he suffered bruised ribs after his collision with striker Heskey in the England game, but he is said to play despite his injury.

Slovenia vs USA betting tip

We pick USA as the outright winner in this match at odds 2.05 at 888 sports.

A lot of football fans are likely cheering for small Slovenia today against the mighty USA. Nevertheless, our betting pick will be the Americans at fine odds 2.05, which must be considered quite high comparing the strength and experience of the two teams. USA does have a stronger squad on paper and have proven their capabilities under pressure before in tournaments like Confederations Cup and the World Cup. Of cause Slovenia should not be underestimated, but their squad just seems to light to pose a real treat to the Americans.

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