England v USA: Kane can lead Three Lions to victory
England v USA betting tips, odds and preview
England got off to a flyer in Qatar and confidence will be high as they head into the second round of matches and a clash with USA.
The Three Lions are just behind Brazil and Argentina in the outright betting at 7/1 to lift the trophy following their big win over Iran while the United States are 100/1 to be crowned champions.
Friday’s match at the Al Bayt Stadium kicks off at 7pm and is live on ITV.
Captain Kane to join the party
Gareth Southgate’s side cemented their status as Group B favourites with that 6-2 thumping of Iran and go into this one heavily fancied to make it two victories in a row.
The most surprising thing about England’s opening win was Harry Kane not getting among the goals when so many were scored.
Kane did set up Raheem Sterling for England’s third and put in a skipper’s shift but he’ll be determined to open his own account in the Middle East having topped the charts at the last World Cup in Russia.
Like his team-mates, Kane had a disappointing Nations League campaign, scoring just twice in six games as England were relegated without a win, but he has 13 for Tottenham this season.
The 11/10 for him to score at any time against USA is a solid pick to kick off our England v USA betting tips.
Southgate urges caution
It was no surprise Southgate refused to get too carried away after the Iran game.
The England boss, as ever, had his sensible head on and pointed to the two goals conceded as cause for concern.
USA’s first-half performance against Wales will also have given him plenty to ponder.
Southgate said after the Iran game: “By the end we looked sloppy but just before the end we were pretty good.
“I’ve said to them I’ve got to try and balance how I feel because we’ve played so well and we’ve dominated the game, and there were so many good performances.
“Equally we can’t be conceding two goals in the manner we did, so we will really have to reset.”
Timothy Weah, son of the great George, scored USA’s goal against the Welsh as they bossed the opening 45 minutes and if they start in the same manner this time we should be in for a cracker.
+1 after one. pic.twitter.com/Qlrk9VnVIM
— U.S. Men's National Soccer Team (@USMNT) November 21, 2022
Former defender Southgate said he expects Gregg Berhalter’s side to come at them “full throttle” and USA to score first in the first half is 10/3.
We reckon that is worth adding to our England v USA predictions.
Go for goals
There would be no rush to push the panic button if England did go a goal down against the Americans.
Kane, Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka and Co were a constant danger on Monday and England’s power off the bench was just as potent.
But Southgate was right to tone things down after Mehdi Taremi’s brace for the Iranians.
USA are four places higher in the FIFA rankings, sitting 16th, and should provide much stiffer competition but they are still 11 spots behind the Three Lions.
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England team news
Kane has been given the all clear after a scan on an ankle injury which he suffered against Iran and trained with the squad on Thursday.
That is a huge boost for Southgate, who has to weigh up the rigours of tournament football in the middle of a hectic season with the need to qualify from the group.
Harry Maguire is fit again after going off against Iran feeling unwell and will win his 50th cap, while Kyle Walker is hoping to make his first appearance having recovered from groin surgery in October.
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