Not only do England have superior squad quality and depth but the worrying form of the USA will also factor in as an added advantage.
England have a chance to make it two wins from two matches when they take on the United States in the FIFA World Cup 2022 Group B encounter. The Friday night contest will be heavily in favour of the Europeans due to various reasons. Not only do England have superior squad quality and depth but the worrying form of the USA will also factor in as an added advantage. Both sides are entering this contest on the back of producing contrasting results in their last match. While England thumped Iran for a 6-2 victory, the USA could only manage a 1-1 draw against Wales.
|England vs USA||Key details|
|Venue||Al Bayt Stadium|
|Kickoff time in India||12:30 am (Saturday)|
|Kickoff time in England||7 pm (Friday)|
|Kickoff time in USA||2 pm (Friday)|
|Kickoff time in Qatar||10 pm (Friday)|
The supporters of England would have been surprised to see how good their team was in the opener against Iran. The Three Lions scored six but could have scored more, however, Gareth Southgate would not have been happy with the two goals they conceded. The hype surrounding England before the World Cup was less due to their poor Nations League outing. However, the emphatic victory in the opener would have reignited those hopes and expectations. Meanwhile, the USA are in the middle of a four-match winless run. While they lost only one of those games, still going winless in four matches is neither encouraging.
There are a few injury concerns both sides have to deal with ahead of this encounter. There were some fans worried about the fitness situation of skipper Harry Kane, however, it is revealed that the injury is not a major one and he could be in line to play on Friday. The fitness scenario surrounding Harry Maguire is neither serious. However, it will be interesting to see if they both start on Friday. Besides, there are also question marks over the participation of James Maddison and Kyle Walker. On the other hand, the USA had a few possible injury concerns in the last game in the form of Yunus Musah and Weston McKennie. However, both are expected to be involved in the action on Friday.
England possible line-up: Pickford, Trippier, Stones, Maguire, Shaw, Rice, Bellingham, Mount, Saka, Sterling, Kane
USA possible line-up: Turner, Dest, Zimmerman, Ream, A. Robinson, McKennie, Adams, Musah, Weah, Pulisic, Sargent
|Last 5 matches (all competitions)||Results|
|England beat USA||3-0|
|England draw USA||1-1|
|England beat USA||2-0|
|USA lose to England||1-2|
|USA beat England||1-0|
The FIFA World Cup match between England and USA will take place at Al Bayt Stadium on Saturday at 12:30 am IST.
The FIFA World Cup in Qatar can be seen on Sports18 – 1 SD & HD – in India. Sports 18 will be telecasting the games on the regular and HD Channels. Besides, Viacom18 Sports announced that JioCinema will live-stream all the World Cup games. Moreover, the match between England and USA can be seen on STV Scotland, ITVX, ITV 1 UK, BBC Radio 5 Live, STV Player, TalkSport Radio UK in the United Kingdom; and Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, Peacock, UFORIA App, FOX Network, Telemundo, FOX Sports App, Sling, Foxsports.com, SiriusXM FC in the United States.