World Cup Group C Preview
England has been a major disappointment in the last few World Cups and are not in a n easy group with three other teams ranked in the top 35 in the world.
England (-300) is the major favorite to win Group C and there is a lot of pressure on them since they have not progressed past the quarterfinals since 1990.
The English are a great tactical team that will not get caught on counter attacks and they will take advantage of their goal scoring chances. They have trouble controlling the ball and creating against elite teams, as that may not hurt them in the group stage, but will once the playoffs begin.
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There are also question marks in goal. Wayne Rooney of Manchester United leads a solid offense and the defense, led by Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand, has to play well, especially since the English lack a world-class goalie.
The USA (+450) has made six straight World Cups, but they failed to make it out of the group stage in 2006. The strength of the Americans is their style of play, as they have the desire and will to keep up with the best teams in the world. However, they are not strong at creating offensive chances to score.
Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan have to play well up front and convert on the scoring chances they get. Goalie Tim Howard of Everton is a solid keeper and he will have to play well, especially against England, if the Americans are going to make it out of Group C.
This is only Slovenia’s (+800) second appearance in the World Cup, but beat a solid Russia squad in a home-and-away qualifying series to book their ticket to South Africa. Their main strength is their solid defense and in 12 qualifying matches they only gave up six goals.
Slovenia is not a deep team and their offense is not stellar, so they will have to rely on their defense to make it out of group play. Milivoje Novakovic of FC Koln has to produce some offense up front, but how the Slovenians do may rely on how Udinese Samir Handanovic performs in goal.
Algeria (+1200) is the long shots in Group C and this is their third appearance in the World Cup, but first since 1986. They are a very young squad and their strength is their discipline and how they play as a team.
They do not have many top-flight players besides Antar Yahia of VfL Bochum and Karim Ziani of VfL Wolfsburg and their lack a true striker than is always a threat to score. Even though Algeria plays on African soil they are in South Africa and since 2003 they have only won two away matches.
It is likely that second place in the group will be determined by the USA vs. Slovenia match.
Here are the odds to win Group C at Sportsbook.com as of May 6th.
Here are some other Group C prop bets at Bovada.
Team to Place Second in Group C
Team to Place Third in Group C
Team to Place Fourth in Group C
Group C Exacta
Wager is on which teams will place 1st and 2nd in the group.
1.England 2.USA 7/5
1.England 2.Slovenia 7/2
1.England 2.Algeria 5/1
1.USA 2.England 5/1
1.Slovenia 2.England 14/1
1.Algeria 2.England 25/1
1.USA 2.Slovenia 25/1
1.Slovenia 2.USA 40/1
1.USA 2.Algeria 40/1
1.Algeria 2.USA 80/1
1.Slovenia 2.Algeria 125/1
1.Algeria 2.Slovenia 150/1
England Group Stage Total Points (6)
USA Group Stage Total Points (4)
Slovenia Group Stage Total Points (3)
Algeria Group Stage Total Points (2)
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