World Cup Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, June 18, 2010
(All times Eastern)
England (0-0-1) vs. Algeria (0-1-0), 2:30 p.m.
Cape Town, South Africa (Sports Network) - England will be looking for its
first win of the World Cup on Friday against Algeria after settling for a 1-1
draw with the United States in the team's opening match in Group C play.
England entered the tournament as heavy favorites to top the group, and it
will now need to pick up three points against an Algeria side that lost 1-0 to
Slovenia in its first match.
Both England and Algeria were the victims of poor goalkeeping, costing both
clubs valuable points, so both netminders in this game at Cape Town Stadium
will be under the microscope.
Robert Green made the highest-profile mistake of the tournament when he
allowed a Clint Dempsey effort to slip through is hands and into the net at
the end of the first half vs. the U.S., and it has yet to be determined who
will take up the spot between the posts for manager Fabio Capello.
Both David James and Joe Hart are decent options to replace Green, but Capello
could still opt to keep the West Ham man in goal.
"He [Robert Green] made one mistake but then pulled off a great save in the
second half," Capello said. "I was pleased for him. We had lots of chances in
the game. There were a lot of positives. Just the result wasn't positive."
Capello has already confirmed that Gareth Barry will be a part of his starting
11 as the Manchester City midfielder has recovered from an ankle injury, while
it also wouldn't be a surprise to see Joe Cole find his way into the team,
possibly in place of James Milner.
Central defender Ledley King is also unlikely to feature in the starting
lineup after he was replaced against the United States at halftime after
suffering a groin injury.
Algeria had a heartbreaking opener as well as goalkeeper Faouzi Chaouchi let
in a soft goal from Robert Koren 11 minutes from time, but they also severely
lacked any bite in attack and must change that if they want any chance of
advancing to the next round.
A loss against The Three Lions would eliminate Algeria from knockout-round
contention, leaving it with just a match against the United States to play.
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