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U.S.-Slovenia: What are the odds and who would you start?

Head coach Bob Bradley of the United States

Head coach Bob Bradley of the United States watches pregame action before a friendly match against the Czech Republic at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. (May 25, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

UPDATE (9:30 a.m. EST): The United States' lineup has been announced and there is one change from Bradley's lineup against England. Jose Torres, a creative playmaker in the midfield, will start in place of Ricardo Clark, a defense specialist. Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey have also swapped places on the midfield flanks.

Altidore - Findley
Donovan - Torres - Bradley - Donovan
Bocanegra - Onyewu - DeMerit - Cherundolo

The U.S. plays a can't-lose game today at Ellis Park in Jahannesburg against Slovenia, which leads Group C with three points. After tying England last weekend, the United States sits on a point and can't afford to lose and give another three points to Slovenia, which defeated Algeria, 1-0, last week. If England rolls through its next two games, as expected, the Americans would be the odd men out.

If the Americans and Slovenians tie, the U.S. could still advance if it defeats Algeria next Wednesday and England tops Slovenia. A very possible scenario, so fans shouldn't freak out if the U.S. only manages another draw. It wouldn't be ideal, but it wouldn't spell doom by any means.

What are the odds-makers saying? Well, according to ...

Who will win?

Slovenia 5/2
United States EVEN
Draw 9/4

First goal scorer?

1. Other 5/2
2. Landon Donovan (USA) 6/1
3. Milivoje Novakovic (SLO) 13/2
4. Jozy Altidore (USA) 13/2
5. Clint Dempsey (USA) 13/2
6. No goals 7/1
7. Robbie Findley (USA) 7/1

Will head coach Bob Bradley go with the same 4-4-2 that got him a point against England? Lineups will be announced shortly, but I think we'll see little to no changes. He likes the speed up front with Robbie Findley, even though he may not be the best pure striker on the front line. I can see Maurice Edu playing for Ricardo Clark, but Bradley probably doesn't. I imagine the back line will remain the same with MVP Tim Howard between the pipes.

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