The United States will have their work cut out for them against England, finalists of last year’s Euro. This Anglo-Saxon duel will be an interesting one, particularly since the American squad did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
✔ 1×2 Prediction: England – United States
Having qualified but not proven themselves, in their second group match the United States confront England, finalists of the 2021 Euro. Having easily made it out of their group in the qualifiers, the English should logically prevail; that’s the scenario we favour in this matchup.
✔ Exact Score Prediction: England vs United States
Having played Iran in the first match, England will undoubtedly want to ensure their qualification against the United States. Highly confident after a beautiful performance in the Euro and a convincing show in the qualifiers, England has the individual and collective quality they need to prevail.
Victory for England
Led by their captain, Harry Kane, England has all the assets it needs to bring home the win, especially as the US hasn’t won against the English side in almost 30 years, the last time being in 1993. We foresee a score of 2-1 or 1-0.
A draw would be a beautiful performance for the Americans. And indeed, this is how it went in the only face-off between these two teams in a World Cup, during the 2010 South Africa World Cup (1-1). In this case, a final score of 0-0 or 1-1 is possible.
Victory for the United States
The American team is not in its most successful period. As such, they didn’t qualify for the last World Cup in Russia in 2018, even if they did win the Gold Cup in 2021. A win against England, finalists in the last Euro and 3rd place in the 2018 World Cup, would thus be an amazing performance but is difficult to imagine. For this reason, even a score of 0-1 or 1-2 would be really good.
✔ Half-time/Full-time prediction: England 1st half; England 2nd half
England may be able to open the scoring in the first half and widen the margin further after half-time. The Americans should nevertheless be able to pull one back in the second half, but with no real consequences for the final result.
✔ Scorer Predictions: England vs United States
Harry Kane is the lead goal scorer for the Three Lions. With an average of 20 to 30 goals a season since 2015, he is considered one of the top goal scorers in Europe. Thanks to his speed and his dribbling in front of the goal, Raheem Sterling can also be very dangerous. On the American side, the star is Christian Pulisic. The Chelsea winger will have to show up in a big way if the United States hope to make the last 16.
✔ Double Chance Scoring predictions: P. Foden / R. Pepi
In great form, Phil Foden is coming off a superb season at Manchester City. He is the incarnation of the new generation of English football within the team and could realise his potential during this World Cup. In the same way, Ricardo Pepi equally constitutes the new generation on the American side. At 19, the young attacker is already playing in Europe, at Augsburg in the Bundesliga.
📄 Match Analysis: England vs United States
Finishing 3rd in the 2018 Russian World Cup, and then reaching the finals of the Euro last year, England easily made it out of its group in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, without suffering a single defeat and with only 3 goals conceded in 10 matches, having faced Poland, Albania, Hungary and Saint-Martin
Less dominant despite taking the title in the Gold Cup in 2021, the United States only managed to finish 3rd place in the qualifiers, with the same number of points as Costa Rica, the gatekeepers in 4th place. The American team finished 3 points behind Mexico and Canada. Notably, they lost against Panama (0-1), Canada (0-2) and Costa Rica (0-2).
After finishing 3rd in the 2018 World Cup in Russia and then making the final of the Euro 2020 last year, England is dreaming of a second star. The recent results are encouraging since the English team has not been beaten since the final of the Euro, where it lost on penalties against Italy at Wembley.
The United States remains fragile, and the new generation has not yet entirely taken over. The defeats against Panama (0-1) last Autumn, and then against Costa Rica (0-2) to close out the qualifiers are evidence of this. The objective of the American team is rather to ready themselves for the 2026 World Cup taking place on American soil, as well as in Mexico and Canada.