Saturday, June 26, 2010


Many of you know that I like this US team and below are my notes written long before the competition started , they have a terrific attitude, are a real unit, with fantastic fitness levels and terrific pace up front. They have received no help from match officials and had two "good goals" disallowed in their last two starts and lesser groups would have wilted, but they kept right on coming and got the desired result in each match. We are already on them at 4.33 to progress to the last eight, so no need to get involved today, but if you have not previously bet, I have to suggest that you take some of these juicy looking odds today. Ghana are a young team with a lot of potential, but could really do with Essien in the side and even more so at the moment with a striker who knew where the goal was ! The african side have yet to score a goal from open play and look like they need 25 chances to score once, maybe they will get them today, as the last two US games have been incredibly open affairs, but I still fancy the americans who are born confiden,t finding a way to win regardless of what Ghana do. The US side are out for revenge after losing 2-1 to Ghana four years ago, that defeat still rankles as it came courtesy of another hotly disputed decision again the US on a day when little went right, they lost their playmaker to injury and with Appiah and Essien bossing the midfield there was no way back.This time the US have the greater experience and cutting edge and I expect them, unless the officials take a hand, to progress.

USA -0.25 2.29 IBC

To Reach the Quarter - Finals

Another team with experience of the conditions is the USA, they will arrive with very positive mental memories, after beating Spain 2-0 and leading Brazil by the same scoreline in the Confederations Cup. No real superstars in this squad, although Landon Donovan would say otherwise (!), but they do make up for this with a confidence that all americans are seemingly born with, a terrific team spirit and fitness levels beyond most other countries, something which serves them very well in tournament football. The US are well coached, organised and disciplined and play to those strengths. The draw has been kind to them, they can hardly complain about being in the same group as Algeria and Slovenia, in addition to which, they could be meeting England at the right time, with Capello's side traditionally slow starters and having to reshuffle after losing Ferdinand. Whatever happens in that game and at the moment it looks very drawish to me, I expect the big two to progress with a degree of ease and would fancy both against any of the Group D sides, which doubtless we will cover at some later stage.

USA to reach the last eight 4.33

Good Luck.

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