World Cup: USA vs Algeria
The USA is favored in their last Group C match on Wednesday and it is simple for the Americans, as if they win this match they will advance to the knockout phase.
USA vs. Algeria – Current Match Odds
has the Americans as the favorites in this match posted at -111 with Algeria at +275 with a draw at +245 and a goal total of 2.5.
The USA was robbed of a win in their last group match against Slovenia with a disallowed goal in the 86th minute and they are tied in Group C with England with two points after a couple of draws.
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Algeria has a single point and is in last place in the group, but can still advance to the round of 16 if they beat the USA and Slovenia beats England or plays to a draw with them.
In their last group matches on Thursday the USA played to a 2-2 draw against Slovenia and Algeria played to a 0-0 draw against England.
The USA looked like two different teams in the match against Slovenia playing poorly in the first half and great in the second half. In the first half they gave up a couple goals off blown defensive assignments and in the second half their offense came alive and they shored up their defense. It does not need to be said that the Americans have to come out strong, push forward and pressure the Algerian defense, and play solid the whole match.
Algeria comes into this match as the underdog, but they are a confident squad that played to a draw against a powerful English side. They did not drop back on defense in the England match, as they attacked and stacked the midfield to thwart the English attack. They will have to do that in this match, as the USA needs a win and will push forward on offense to try to score.
Since the USA will be pressing on offense they have to be ware of the Algerian counter-attack.
America has to score so there is a lot of pressure on Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore and Landon Donovan to produce some offense. Striker Robbie Findley will miss this match due to his second yellow card in the Slovenia match and either Herculez Gomez or Edson Buddle will replace him. Both these guys are solid scorers and will have to step up and play solid up front for the Americans.
Algerian G Faouzi Chaquchi will have to play a great match for Algeria to pull off the upset, as he will likely be peppered all match by the American offense.
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In the other matches on Tuesday Slovenia faces England in another vital Group C match and in a couple of Group D matches Serbia takes on Australia and Ghana takes on Germany. For match up reports on these games, as well as others YOU CAN FIND MATCHUP TRENDS AND STATS HERE.