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With top spot on the line, goals should flow for Capello’s charges

| 18.06.2010

England head into their game with Algeria knowing only a win will do, but with the USA looking dangerous, scoring a lot of goals is almost equally as important.

If Fabio Capello’s men are to have a successful tournament it is imperative they win Group B and, after drawing with the Americans, England need to win both their remaining games comfortably to ensure top spot.

Which is why it would be wise to back over 2.5 goals in the England v Algeria game – it’s priced at 5/6.

Not on the Africans’ part will we be treated to the sight of the net bulging repeatedly, though. Algeria have only scored three times in their last eight games and against Slovenia demonstrated just how blunt in attack they are.

You can get 8/15 for the Desert Foxes to not score yet again.

England on the other hand, have only fired blanks twice in 14 games, scoring an average of 2.64 goals a game.

And with Gareth Barry back, England will revert to the formation and personnel which served them so well during qualification – where they scored 36 goals in 10 games.

Wayne Rooney is 4/6 to score at any time while Steven Gerrard (7/4) and Frank Lampard (7/4) would also be good shouts.

22 places separate the teams in the FIFA world rankings and a 3-0 win for England wouldn’t be amiss. It’s a score Algeria succumbed to in recent friendlies with Republic of Ireland and Serbia and is priced 6/1 here.

England will also want to get ahead early, both to calm the nerves and make it impossible for Algeria to sit back and defend. An England/England bet in the half-time/full-time market is 8/13. That happened six times in qualification.

Can England get the big win they so desperately need? 4-0 is 11/1. Or will Algeria stifle Rooney and co? 0-0 is 10/1. See the full England v Algeria match betting market.



John Klee