USA vs Algeria – betting tips, match preview and prediction

World Cup BettingUSA plays Algeria in their final group match at the World Cup in Pretoria at 15:00 BST. The objective for both sides is clear before the match and nothing but a victory would likely mean early exit for either team, although USA could settle for draw depending on the match between Slovenia and England.

Match Preview

With only one possible winner and team progressing from the match today, the game is crucial for both sides World Cup success. The American side is possibly still feeling a sense of injustice after their beautiful comeback against Slovenia, where their late 3-2 goal was mystically disallowed by the referee. The goal could have send USA on top of group C before the game today, but instead they are likely forced to win to avoid elimination from the World Cup later this afternoon. Injustice or not they have to turn their frustration into something positive and concentrate on the task at hand. In any case their comeback must have given them confidence before the match, which will be an advantage coming into this crucial game.

Most people remember Algeria’s exit at the 1982 World Cup, where West Germany and Austria eliminated them after contriving a 1-0 result to make them both progress in the tournament. The match actually prompted the current format of playing simultaneously to prevent collusion in future games. Algeria stands on the edge of elimination again today and must win to have a chance of progressing to the 1/8-finals. However they need England to fail as well or on the other hand England to win by enough to cause a two goal swing between Algeria and Slovenia. Before the game today they did get some deserved confidence after 0-0 against England, which will be needed against a solid playing American side. This said they are yet to score at the World Cup and must do so to progress to the last 16 for the first time ever.

Team Updates

USA will be without striker Robbie Findley, who picked up his second booking against Slovenia. In light of this Clint Dempsey might be offered a bigger role forward in the match, while Benny Feilhaber is expected to take his place in midfield.

Algeria will get reinforcement up front with striker Abdelkader Ghezzal returning from a suspension against England. Furthermore their normal first goalkeeper is back from injury, but it is questionable whether he will play after reserve Rais M’bolhi managed their first clean sheet in World Cup history.

USA vs Algeria betting tip

The betting pick for the match will be USA as outright winner at odds 1.85 at 888 sports.

The two sides have never played each other before and actually the Americans have only played African opposition one time at the World Cup. In 2006 they lost 2-1 to Ghana, but their situation has changed since then and their opponent is different. Not many would disagree they have a stronger side than Algeria and it would be a huge disappointment, if they lose the match. After a horrible first half against Slovenia, they showed their abilities in the second half coming back from 0-2 and should have won the game, if not for their disallowed goal. We predict them to dominate the match against Algeria and likely win comfortably with 2 or 3 goals today.

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