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FIFA World Cup 2022 Preview: England vs USA

Another win seals a place in the last 16 for England, but USA are the next hurdle on the road for the Three Lions in a tough Group A clash at Qatar’s Al Bayt Stadium. England beat hapless Iran from a six in their last game, while the USA suffered a frustrating 1-1 draw with Wales. Will frustration fuel the American fire or will the Three Lions book their round of 16 with a game left?

England hit the bull’s eye by being on the right side in an eight-goal thriller against Iran. Close to qualifying for the Round of 16, the Three Lions meet USA in Group B of the 2022 FIFA World Cup at Al Bayt Stadium on Saturday 26 November. England are just one win away from qualifying for the next round after beating Iran and drawing 1-1 between Wales and USA in the first round.

England had achieved their biggest World Cup win in the game against Iran, but Mehdi Taremi’s goal in fatality changed that statistic. However, Gareth Southgate is undeterred by stats. The Englishman is already worried about injury worries surfacing after his opening game at camp.

In defence, defender Harry Maguire is doubtful, which could see Eric Dier included in the starting XI. James Maddison is still out with a knee injury while Harry Kane is also doubtful after suffering a slight ankle wiggle in the last game. However, reinforcements are ready. The England squad is not lacking in quality with ideal substitutes ready to come off the bench.

Should Kane miss the USA game, Southgate is likely to let Marcus Rashford start. The Manchester United striker scored within a minute of coming on against Iran. Manchester City winger Phil Foden also came off the bench in the last game and is able to start games. In defence, his Manchester City team-mate Kyle Walker will also work on his fitness in a bid to fight for a place in the first eleven.

The USA were close to clinching three important points against Wales. A late penalty from Gareth Bale forced them to share the spoils. Gregg Berhalter would try to do everything right after this result. It will be a task to pick up three points against the Three Lions, but the US is unlikely to sit back and defend. A positive result will keep the Americans in contention to qualify for the next round.

The timely recovery of Sergino Dest and Weston McKennie should have taken a lot of the pressure off Berhalter. The Americans have no new injury worries and are expected to field their strongest XI to take on England. Kellyn Acosta, DeAndre Yedlin and Brenden Aaronsen came off the bench in the last game and impressed after coming on. This bunch will surely try to launch games.

Team News: The two Harrys – Kane and Maguire – are doubtful and will undergo late fitness tests to see if they are fit enough to play. Apart from that, Callum Wilson is also in doubt while James Maddison is out. For the USA, Ethan Ampadu limped off in the last game and that’s the only injury concern.

Form Guide: (Last five games, newest first)

England: W – D – L – L – D

USA: D – D – L – D – W

Head to head:

Games played: 11

England wins: 8th

USA wins: 2

Draw: 1

Betting Odds: (Bet365)

England: 1.57

US: 5.50

Draw: 4.20

Expected Lineups:

England possible starting XI (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Trippier, Steine, Dier, Shaw; Bellingham, Rice; Saka, Foden, Sterling; Kane.

USA Possible start number 11 (4-3-3): lathe; Dest, Zimmermann, Ries, Robinson; McKennie, Adams, Acosta; Weah, Sargent, Pulisic.

Outcome Prediction: England-1 USA-1

Where to view and adjust timing: The game begins at 00:30 IST on Saturday 26 November and will be streamed live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. Fans can also stream the action online at JioCinema’s official website.

(Edited by : Hieronymus Anton)

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