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USA is favored in their match against Slovenia, but Slovenia already has three points in hand and can advance to the knockout phase with a win.
Slovenia vs. USA – Current Match Odds
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has the USA as the favorite in this Group C match posted at +105 with Slovenia at +260 with a draw at +220 and a goal total of 2.5.
USA did not win their opening Group C match, but they have to be happy that they came away with a draw against England, who was heavily favored.
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The Americans are still in good shape to progress to the knockout stage since they are favored in this match and in their last group one against Algeria, but they have to perform on the pitch.
Slovenia did not look great in their 1-0 win over Algeria getting a goal that should have been stopped by the keeper. They are in good shape, but have a tall task against an American squad that is confident and will attack on offense all match long.
USA G Tim Howard was injured in the England match, but he was declared match fit and he will play against Slovenia.
The USA tightened up their midfield in the England match in order to contain Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. They will not have to do that in this match and that will allow Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan to play wider and concentrate more on offense.
Slovenia’s strength is their defense and since they will be ok if the match is a draw they will drop back on D and look to score on counter-attacking opportunities.
Slovenia’s central defenders of Bostjan Cesar and Marko Suler have to play well in this match against the Americans that will pressure the defense all match long. This duo is big and strong and will not be beat in the air so the Americans will have to use creative passing deep in Slovenia’s part of the field.
USA striker Jozy Altidore had a few chances to score against England and he will likely have more in this match and since the Slovenian defense will key on Dempsey and Donovan he may have more space and will have to take advantage of that.
A draw for USA will mean they can still make it out of Group C if this game ends in a draw, but they will not be happy with that result since they can definitely win this match.
If the USA can control the game by winning the time of possession battle and control the ball in the midfield they have a great chance of winning this match.
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In the other two matches on Friday England takes on Algeria in the other Group C match and Serbia faces Germany in a Group D match. For match up reports on these games, as well as others YOU CAN FIND MATCHUP TRENDS AND STATS HERE.