Looking at the half of the draw Group C winners USA have had, you would be right to think England could make the semi finals for the first time in two decades here in South Africa.
England Underperforming Again
England could have won their group in either of their games. A victory over USA in their opening game would have set them on their way. Failing to beat Algeria in game 2 was bad enough, leaving England needing to beat Slovenia in their last game to progress. A victory against Slovenia came, but by failing to score more than 1 goal left England to finish second in their group and setup a tie with Germany as early as round two. The prize for the victors in Sunday’s game will see them face either third favourites Argentina, or Mexico in the quarter final.
England have underperformed for the second consecutive World Cup. Despite the strong belief that England will magically increase their performance all of a sudden, the German squad have played well and efficient already in this tournament. They too can play even better.
Who’s Writing Germany Off?
The odds on Germany in this match are crazy. Nearly 2/1 to win in 90 minutes, evens to qualify, 7/2 to win to nil. If all goes to plan, I expect the sensible gamblers to be making big profits on this match. Germany won their group, a tougher group than the one England finished runners up in. They have Miroslav Klose returning, whom will keep John Terry busy. That leaves Lukas Podolski, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller up against the likes of Ashley Cole, Matthew Upson, Glen Johnson and Gareth Barry. That is not a good match up for England, despite Lukas Podolski’s lack of form so far.
Group C Winners
USA on the other hand face the last remaining African side, Ghana this evening for a place in the quarter final. It’s not an easy game for USA, no game at this stage of a World Cup will be. But facing a side who’s only 2 goals in this tournament have come from the penalty spot and against 10 men, USA have every right to enter this match feeling confident. Whoever reaches the quarter final between these two will enter their match as the underdog, facing Uruguay who beat South Korea 2-1 in the first second round match, today.