England v USA Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 15/11/18

England v USA Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Mikey Patterson (@ThePattBlogs) previews England v USA and provides us with his best bets for Thursdays International friendly by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

England v USA Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 15/11/2018
  • Time: 20:00
  • Venue: Wembley Stadium
  • Channel: Sky Sports Main Event

Another international break to the domestic fixtures sees England host USA on Thursday evening in London, and all the attention pre-match has been focused on one man, Wayne Rooney. The former England captain will make his return to the national side, and his inclusion has been the subject of much debate considering he retired from International duties in August 2017. Having left Everton for the States, Rooney has transformed the fortunes of D.C United and helped them reach the heights of the MLS Play-Offs.

It is believed that he will be named amongst the substitutes by Gareth Southgate on Thursday night as England warm up for their Nations League encounter against their World Cup foes Croatia. His inclusion is a one-off and is likely to get onto the pitch at Wembley, which is mainly seen as a final home send off for the man who tops the scoring charts for England.

Despite all this hype surrounding Rooney, there is a game to be played, and one that could be vital for several players included in the squad. Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson and Brighton defender Lewin Dunk both have received the first call-ups of their careers and will be looking to make an impact should they get minutes on the pitch. Another that will be looking to make an impression should he get the chance will be Jadon Sancho, the former Manchester City man who made the brave decision to leave England behind in order to secure more first team football. His move to Dortmund and the Bundesliga has been a huge step in the right direction and his performances for his club have catapulted him into the limelight.

As for the USA, they will be looking to spoil the party and make a statement of intent having missed out on the World Cup in Russia. Christian Pulisic is another rising star amongst the ranks at Dortmund, and is seen by many as the main threat in the USA side. Having made just one appearance for the team in 2018, the USA are in desperate need of his creative talents if they are to overcome the three lions at Wembley. There is a reported surprise call up for Hertha Berlin goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann, son of former USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. The young keeper has mainly been playing in Berlin’s under-23 squad but has featured for the first team in the Europa League campaign this season. Midfielder Michael Bradley misses out with USA coach believing that it is vital that other players gain some experience as well as Bradley needing a rest due to his involvement in the MLS and elsewhere.

A familiar face within the USA squad is that of DeAndre Yedlin of Newcastle United. The right-back in one of four players named in the squad from English clubs, joining defenders Antonee Robinson and Cameron Carter-Vickers (of Wigan and Swansea respectively) and Fulham midfielder Luca De La Torre. There is one newcomer to the USA squad, Romain Gall, who plays his football in Sweden for Malmo. The French-born right sided attacker, 23, was once on the books at Columbus Crew before making his way to Sweden with Nykopings, and has 6 goals in 12 games for Malmo as he continues his rise to fame in the Allsvenskan having impressed at GIF Sundsvall before joining Malmo.

Team News

Gareth Southgate has a wealth of both experience and youthful exuberance to choose from going into the friendly at Wembley before deciding on his starting line-up for the game against Croatia on Sunday. He may well opt to use the newer and younger names against USA as he knows what he can expect from his regular starters. With Wilson and Dunk looking for the first caps, this would be the ideal opportunity to give them and others the chance to showcase what they can offer Southgate as he looks towards the Nations League game.

The USA will be desperate for Pulisic to show the type of display they know he can deliver, but he will need the support of his fellow countrymen if they are to break England down. The addition of Gall could well prove a headache for Southgate should he start considering the form he has been in for his club. The absence of Bradley could well disjoint the side as he has been such a dominant figure in the international team for some years.

Potential England Starting XI: Pickford, Trippier, Stones, Gomez, Chilwell, Barkley, Henderson, Alli, Sterling, Rashford, Kane

Potential USA Starting XI: Steffen, Yedlin, Miazga, Brooks, Robinson, Trapp, Arriola, Adams, Pulisic, Green, Wood

Head To Head

  • In 10 Matches against each other, England have won 7, drawn 1 and lost 2.
  • The last time USA beat England was 25 years ago (June 1993).
  • The last encounter between the teams saw the game finish in the only draw between them (1-1 at the 2010 World Cup).

Key Stats & Facts

  • On the two occasions England have played USA on home soil, they scored twice and kept a clean sheet in both games (September 1994 and May 2008).
  • On their last visit to Wembley, USA faced Wayne Rooney and are set to again 10 years later.

Betting Odds

  • England 1/4
  • Draw 9/2
  • USA 11/1

The Verdict

Given the troubles the USA have had when playing England, it is hard to see past an England win, and the bookies agree with them at such low odds to win the game outright. The majority would expect to see them win without any major issues, however that could all depend on who Southgate starts with and how he sets his team up. With Pulisic back, the USA will look to him to give them any sort of chance of unlocking the English back line.

Recommended Bets

  • England & Over 2.5 goals @ 5/6 (bet365)
  • England Over 2.5 goals @ 5/4 (bet365)
  • Sancho anytime Goalscorer 2/1 (bet365)