The previous game between England and Iran was the most seamless, with a 6-2 victory. Bukaya Saka scored a double, but the other four players each made one shot on goal. Mehdi Taremi scored two goals, but he was unable to secure a tie in an event dominated by England.
The USA fought for its life, literally. Wales could have lost the match; however, Gareth Bale put up a show in the 82nd minute of the game to convert the penalty for an equalizer. The USA had Timothy Weah shoot at the 36th minute for a celebration. This match between England and the USA is a must watch for FIFA World Cup enthusiasts.
Weah is now the potential leader of the side against England that has clinched victories over them several times. Both teams go up against each other tomorrow, with Group B already witnessing an event between Wales and Iran.
England is at the top of the table with a goal difference of 4 goals and 3 points to their name. The USA comes in with 1 point following the draw with Wales.
There have been eleven previous encounters between England and the USA. England has a heavier team with eight victories compared to the United States’ two victories and one tie. The 2010 FIFA World Cup was their final international tournament together. The USA forced England to settle for a draw with a single goal each.
England returns with a good team 12 years later, whereas the United States, although proclaiming a young team, does not.
The overall record of England and the United States in 2018 can be explained by another event. Callum Wilson made his debut at that time and surprised the goalie by putting the ball in the net.
England last played in a 3-2-4 formation. The USA chose a 3-3-4 formation. It is unclear whether the same formation will continue if they face one another. England may wish to immediately attack their opponent’s weak defense. It cannot be overlooked that the USA will want a stronger defense to at least tie the game at 0 each.
In the event that England scores a goal, the USA will push Weah to showcase his skills once more. It is anticipated that Sargent and Pulisic will lend a hand to alleviate pressure on the midfield and defense. Even when Mount is not at his best, Bukaya and Raheem are able to provide a cushion for Kane because of their understanding of the complexities involved.
Various predictions have been made with nearly the same outcome, but varying numbers of goals. Some of the best FIFA betting sites anticipate England to easily win 3-0.
Others have opened a window for the United States to fight back with at least a single goal. England is the clear favorite to win the tournament, if no major upsets occur.