Egypt vs USA

In FIFA Confederation Cup, Football on June 20, 2009 at 20:34

By Joe,

Egypt Mohamed Homos Italy

Egypt have certainly won a lot of football fans over the course of the Confederations cup. They managed to beat the World Champions, Italy, and narrowly lost the Brazilians in their opening game. After their surprising win over Italy, they are now in a chance to qualify for the semifinals of the Confederations Cup. They are neck and neck with Italy in Group B at 3 points a piece but Italy have a better goal difference of 1 goal.

Egypt are well in for a chance to snap up the last spot in the group to advance into the semifinals. The Egyptians are the second team in the competition’s history to defeat a European side. It was thanks to a 40th minute header from Mohamed Homos’ which produced one of the most surprising results in the Confederations Cup’s history. Their game against USA could see a bit of a shuffling to the starting lineup because Mohammed Zidan and Ahmed Fathi were substituted due to injuries sustained against Italy. Ahmed AL Muamadi is still suspended from his red card in the opening match.

Two things that the USA does well in this tournament, the first one is that they are consistent in conceding 3 goals per game and an average of one red card per game. Team USA is in close competition with New Zealand for the honor of being one of the worse teams of the tournament. Coach Bob Bradley needs to discipline his squad after receiving their 2nd red card in the tournament. Sacha Kljestan is suspended for the game against Egypt while Ricardo Clark returns from suspension. Coach Bradley could restore some faith in the team if they get a result in their last game.

Group B will have an exciting finish to determine who goes through to the semifinals. Egypt need a win and they will have to score more than 3 goals. Team USA can spoil the Egyptian’s hope as they are not a team that give up. They have never met in any competition and Egypt are short of attackers. It could get a bit competitive but Egypt will want this more so look at Ladbrokes as they are offering odds 1.80 for an Egypt win.

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