England face Algeria in the second game of both teams' World Cup 2010 campaign. The bookies make this the easiest three points for England in Group C but no opponent should be underestimated and there are no easy games at the World Cup.
Betting on the winner of a match tends to be the most popular betting market and with this being an England game the bookies will be expecting to take plenty of bets on Wayne Rooney and his team mates picking up three points.
The difference between Englands world cup odds and Algerias shows that England should see this game as thier easiest three points of the group stage.
As things stand England should win the game but unless they get an early goal it could be by a narrower margin than many predict.
Algeria are no mugs and although not in England's class, they are likely to put many players behind the ball with a view to gaining a draw, a result the Algerians would be very proud of and would mark this World Cup down as a successful one. Over the 90 minutes there should only be one result though and that is an England win.
The Asian Handicap market works particularly well in games such as this with one team the hot favourite, in this market the advantage is decreased with the outsiders given a head start.
England will be easy winners of this game is the majority consesus but things could be tougher than many think. England should be able to triumph by two goals by the end of the match and that means England should be able to triumph with an asian handicap of -1.75, the odds are pretty fair too.
Many bets can be placed related on how many goals there will be in the match so working out whether it will be high scoring or low scoring is usually a must before betting on the game.
|01/04/09||England||2 - 1 (1:0)||Ukraine|
|06/06/09||Kazakhstan||0 - 4 (0:2)||England|
|10/06/09||England||6 - 0 (3:0)||Andorra|
|09/09/09||England||5 - 1 (2:0)||Croatia|
|10/10/09||Ukraine||1 - 0 (1:0)||England|
|14/10/09||England||3 - 0 (1:0)||Belarus|
|07/06/09||Algeria||3 - 1 (0:0)||Egypt|
|20/06/09||Zambia||0 - 2 (0:1)||Algeria|
|06/09/09||Algeria||1 - 0 (0:0)||Zambia|
|11/10/09||Algeria||3 - 1 (2:1)||Rwanda|
|14/11/09||Egypt||2 - 0 (1:0)||Algeria|
|18/11/09||Algeria||1 - 0 (1:0)||Egypt|
England have often struggled to break down sides who put plenty of men behind the ball, Andorra and Belarus both played very defensively at home against England in the qualifiers and England only managed to beat both sides by two goal margins when pundits predicted bigger scorelines.
Algeria are not bad defensively and nine of their thirteen qualifying matches had under 2.5 goals, suggesting their could be an upset for those predicting plenty of goals in this match up.
A popular bet on each match is on who will score the goals, the first goalscorer and anytime goalscorer markets are always interesting and many now choose to bet on the last goalscorer as well.
England are expected to welcome Gareth Barry back into the side for this match, Barry was unable to start the game against USA due to an ankle injury picked up against Tottenham for Man City. Early indications suggest David James will replace Robert Green in goal whilst Jamie Carragher is expected to start in place of the injured Ledley King, whom he replaced against USA.
Although Wayne Rooney has a much better goals to game ratio than any other player in this match (9 in 9 in qualifying) it might take something a bit special like a great free kick, or maybe a penalty, to unlock this match. For that reason England's free kick and penalty taker Frank Lampard makes most appeal to score the first goal. Lampard scored four goals in qualifying and that made him England's joint second top scorer from qualification.
Correctly predicting the outcome of the game at half time can add to how much money you make from a match. There looks to be a particularly good bet on this in this game.
England were drawing 0-0 with both Andorra and Kazakhstan during their qualifying campaign and no less than six of Algeria's qualifying games had no goals at half time so this looks as though it will be all square at half time, with England finally breaking down the Algerians in the second half.
With so much suggesting England will struggle to score in the first half but England being simply too good not to win the game the best England world cup bet has to be a draw at half time and a win for England at full time. It is not often the bet of the game will be this sort of price and it is well worth having a good bet on it.