Gareth Southgate is still in charge of England despite a poor showing at the European Under 21 Championships in June when England were knocked out in the group stage. James Word-Prowse will skipper a new-look England side at Deepdale but it has been severely depleted up front with the likes of Saido Berahino, Harry Kane and Danny Ings now either too old to take part or involved with the seniors.
It’s not all doom and gloom though and England could hand debuts to promising youngsters like Joe Gomez, Dele Alli, James Wilson and Jordan Ibe, who have all impressed already in the Premier League and have big potential but could take some time to blend together.
USA certainly have the more experience and there are only two teenagers in their ranks compared to England who have seven. Julian Green is perhaps their star and the Bayern Munich winger has already played 5 times for the senior side and was the youngest player to score at last summer’s World Cup when he netted in the last 16 game with Belgium.
The United States have numerous players who play regularly in the MLS and are the more settled of the two teams with many of them having progressed through the USA Under 20 side together before making the step up in time for the Olympics next summer, which will be a big deal for the USA should they make it through qualifying next month. There is a fair bit of young talent too and the United States always give 100% in international friendlies whether it be at senior level or youth.
They look good value at 6/5 to take advantage of England’s inexperience and secure a result in this game. This crop of England youngsters have the potential to be a good side if Southgate can hold onto their stars for the next couple of years but right now the United States perhaps possess the greater potency going forward and could even just nick the game, which should be a reasonably open affair.
Therefore there are big potential returns in backing the visitors to win 2-1 at 16/1.