Buyers of England’s win index spread at 20 will point to the overall head-to-head record between the sides, which sees England lead seven wins to two from nine meetings. However, spread buyers of USA’s win index at 5.5 will highlight the only meeting during a World Cup tournament, in Brazil, way back in June 1950 when the Americans famously prevailed, 1-0. Focusing on just the two most recent meetings, both buyers and sellers of England’s supremacy spread can make a case for their decision. England won 2-0 in 2008 and 2-1 three years earlier.England were ahead at halftime in both matches, and spread punters may indeed remember Kieron Richardson’s first half double in 2005.
Of http://www.sportingindex.com> halftime/fulltime doubles markets, where 10 points are awarded if one half is correct and 100 points for both halves, an England double is the favourite at 43-46. However, buyers of the draw/England spread at 29 might have considered the outcome of England’s warm-up friendly matches, despite Fabio Capello often fielding experimental teams. The Three Lions conceded early goals and trailed at halftime to both Egypt and Japan and got away likely when Platinum Stars missed a fourth-minute penalty in the last of the friendly matches before the World Cup kick-off.
Sporting Index have set the total goals spread for the match at 2.6-2.8 and expect more buyers than sellers at that price. Only two of England’s last eight internationals and just one of the USA’s have featured less than three goals while spread buyers will also notice that England have conceded in all of their last nine international matches, barring their final qualifier against Belarus.
Contributing to the total goals make-up, spread punters must also consider the quality of the attacking players on the pitch on Saturday. Wayne Rooney has helped swell the pockets of many a buyer of his goal minutes spreads throughout the season – and there will be plenty more buying his goal minutes on Saturday – but there are other, less high profile players with exquisite international scoring records. Peter Crouch, the ‘Large’ to Rooney’s ‘Little’, has netted 21 times in 38 appearances for England, including five goals in his last four matches, even yielding a spread make-up of 136 minutes in just 45 minutes of action against Egypt. Landon Donovan is USA’s star man and as British spread punters saw from his short stint in the Premier League this season, he can happily compete with the best of Capello’s squad. Buyers of his goal minutes spread will hope he can add to his impressive tally of 42 goals in 123 international appearances.