Slovenia enters the June 18th match-up against the USA as the top-dog in Group C. Slovenia were able to beat their opening opponent Algeria 1-0 because of a costly mistake by the Algerian goalkeeper (not as embarrassing as Robert Green's blunder).
The American’s were able to squeak a draw against England, but will need to play better if they are to get out of the group stage.
This game has huge implications for both sides.
A win for Slovenia guarantees them a trip to the knockout round. Meanwhile, the American’s need a win to keep pace with England, who will likely get the three points against Algeria.
Slovenia’s strength is their defense. During World Cup qualifying, Slovenia only allowed four goals in ten matches.
Slovenia’s roster is composed manly by a bunch of no-names who play very well as a team.
Their captain Robert Koren said it best when he told FIFA.com: “We don’t have any big-name players, but we do have a great spirit in the team and I think that will be our biggest strength…off the field we are all good friends, and I think you see that on the field, too.”
The positions match-ups will be key for both teams. Let’s take a look at who has the advantage.