World Cup: USA vs England

England was beaten by the USA as a huge underdog before, a major reason they are taking their favorite status seriously here Saturday.

Mind you, that last major upset was in the 1950 World Cup, so it's not exactly fresh in the minds of Wayne Rooney and company.

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Bovada has England as the big favorite in this match posted at -200 with the USA at +550 with a draw at +280 and a goal total of 2.5.

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This match is the opening Group C match for each team and the toughest one as well, as these two teams are the favorites to make it the knockout phase. England has a lot of pressure on them for this World Cup, as they have a loaded team again, but they have not advanced past the quarterfinals since 1990.

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The main issue the English had coming into this World Cup is their lack of a world-class goalie. Because of this their defense will have to play well and that will now be tougher since Rio Ferdinand was lost for the World Cup after a knee injury suffered in training.

John Terry and Ashley Cole now anchor the defense and these guys are no slouches, but it remains to be seen how they will play without star defenseman Ferdinand.

While England does have issues on defense their midfielders and strikers are loaded. Wayne Rooney, who scored 32 goals in 26 matches for Manchester United this season, is the offensive big gun and in the midfield Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are solid and can both control the pitch and push forward on offense.

USA has a good defense with defenders Carlos Bocanegra and Oguchi Onyewu, but their anchor is G Tim Howard. Howard plays for Everton in the English Premier League and knows the key players for England and that may be an advantage for the Americans. He will surely get peppered in this match and has to play well for the USA to pull off the big upset.

Jozy Altidore and Eddie Bunson lead the Americans up front, but the key players for USA in this match are midfielders Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan. These two need to put pressure on the English defense and take advantage of the counter attack when given the chance.

Saturday Matches

The other matches on Saturday are the early ones and both are Group B matches, as Nigeria faces Argentina and their loaded offense and South Korea faces Greece, who may have the best defense in the tournament. For matchup reports on these games, as well as others YOU CAN FIND MATCHUP TRENDS AND STATS HERE.