Two horrendous goalkeeping errors are the talk of the town in Group C heading into the second round of games in the group. When England and Algeria take to the field in Cape Town, expect a lot of the focus to be on England’s Robert Green and his opposite number Fawzi Chaouchi as they hope to recover their reputations after the terrible mistakes that cost their respective teams so dearly in their first games at South Africa 2010.
England Coach Fabio Capello surprised many with this team selection against the United States. It was a risk to play Robert Green ahead of the far more experienced David James and the gamble cost the team a victory. The inclusion of the clearly unfit James Milner shocked many people too, especially when they learned Joe Cole was left waiting from the bench. For the game against Algeria, Capello will not be in the mood to gamble any longer.
England vs Algeria Betting Odds:
Over 2.5 (+105)
Under 2.5 (-120)
While the performance against the U.S. was not up to the high standards that England fans expect, there were still some positives to take from the game for the team’s fanatical following. New captain, Steven Gerrard performed admirably in midfield and scored a well taken goal from one of his trademark bursts into the penalty area. While the much-maligned Emile Heskey played a key role in linking midfield and attack and helped to create several opportunities. Aaron Lennon was a danger from the right side of the attack and Capello will look to improve on the service to his feet, because he seemed to cause the U.S. defense problems every time he dribbled with the ball using his superb pace. There’s room for improvement for England, but if they can better service to the likes of Lennon and Wayne Rooney, there will be a marked difference in both their style of play and their level of performance when they take on Algeria.
For the Algeria team, their game against Slovenia was their chance to make their mark on Group C, knowing that the U.S. and England would be far more difficult teams to play against. The game was decided by an awful mistake by goalkeeper Fawzi Chaouchi who seemed to have a long distance shot from Slovenia Captain Robert Koren covered until it squirmed beneath his body and into the corner of the goal. The experienced Chaouchi will need to recover his composure for the game against England if his team are to avoid an embarrassing result.
Although Algeria played some excellent possession football and largely controlled the play against Slovenia, they really struggled to create chances. Their best moments during the game came courtesy of Nadir Belhadj, whose expert delivery from set pieces looked to be Algeria’s best chance of scoring.
To improve on the Slovenia performance they will have to find a way to get Karim Ziani more involved in the game from the wing. Ziani has as much skill as some of the top players at South Africa 2010, but without the ball at his feet, he’s just another spectator. Coach, Rabah Saadane will look to play a tight midfield against England and try to hit the group favorites on the counter attack using the speed of Ziani and Belhadj on the flanks to create the opportunities.
England are strong favorites in this game. Fabio Capello’s team will see this as an opportunity for a fresh start after the poor result against the U.S. and if Capello can figure out how to properly utilize the pace of Lennon and Rooney, the score could be heavily weighted in England’s favor.
England vs Algeria Match Prediction: England 4-0 Algeria
Did you know you can Bet World Cup 2010 Online?