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USA vs. Slovenia
World Cup Betting Prediction
The World Cup started with a bang for the USA team who registered a 1-1 tie
against England who was the favorite to win the game. Few expected a win for the
Americans, so escaping with a tie certainly feels like a victory for them.
If they wish to advance to the next round they will have to take down Slovenia. They are favored to do so. GK Tim Howard was injured against England, but he appears ready to play on Friday.
"If we can't beat Slovenia we don't deserve to advance to the next stage" said Howard. Brutal honesty is something you don't find often in sports, but Howard hit the nail on the head. Howard is recovering from a rib injury he sustained when Emilie Heskie kicked him square in the ribs at full speed during last week's game.
The GK had many key saves against England. He is a large part of the reason they were able to get a tie rather than a loss. Another reason for the tie was Right Winger Clint Dempsey. He had the lone goal of the game for the Americans which came just as the first half was reaching its end.
The USA team is every bit good enough to take down Slovenia. Although they won their first game 1-0 over Algeria, this Slovenia team isn't one to write home about. The fact that the USA team is favored to win the game should tell you everything you need to know. Don't tell Slovenia they are the underdog though. They fully believe they can and will win against the Americans.
Midfielder Andre Komac did his best Chad OchoCinco impression by guaranteeing a win against the US team. You may recall that OchoCinco, then Chad Johnson, guaranteed a win over the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) in 2003. If you are inclined to believe Komac you will receive very generous odds of +260 at Sportsbook.com!
Slovenia is a very tiny country about the size of the city of Houston. They made it into the World Cup by scoring a shocking upset win over Russia in a playoff game. They don't take kindly to being called the "small guy".
Slovenia's captain is Robert Koren. He scored their lone goal against Algeria. It was a long range shot that the GK badly misjudged. The win was the first for Slovenia in their entire World Cup history. They are off to a fast start and if they parlay that into a win against the US they could be a force for the rest of the World Cup.
This is a golden opportunity for the USA. They managed a tie against one of the world soccer powers, England. Now they have a chance to assure themselves of advancing to the knockout round with a win over a team they should beat. This is a USA team that handed Spain their only loss in 46 games or so. They are plenty capable and the price is right.
USA pk +110 or better over Slovenia - 1 Unit