Four of the top five FIFA ranked squads in the CONCACAF hit the pitch on Thursday when Honduras hosts the United States and Costa Rica heads to Mexico. All four teams appear primed to grab victories in their semifinal Nations League matches. Check out an analysis and free pick for the U.S. against Honduras and Mexico versus Costa Rica so you can bet against their CONCACAF Nations League odds.
CONCACAF Nations League Matches: U.S. Against Honduras and Mexico Versus Costa Rica
CONCACAF Nations League Matches
- When: Thursday, June 3
Honduras +567 Vs United States -270
Honduras, number 67 on FIFA’s World Rankings, doesn’t go into this playing their best soccer. The Hondurans have dropped 2-of-4. The Hondurans drew in the other 2 matches.
But here’s the thing. All 4 matches were international friendlies and all 4 happened when league clubs were playing, which means the Honduran international players likely weren’t available. If we go back to Honduras’ form before the international friendlies, it’s much better.
Honduras dominated Trinidad and Tobago 4-0 in their last Nations League match. The Americans should expect the best possible Honduran squad to step onto the pitch on Thursday.
As for the United States, they look about as solid as can be. The U.S. has won 4-of-5, all international friendlies. A quick peek at their recent form and it’s obvious the United States can beat Honduras.
The U.S. ranks twentieth in the world. Christian Pulisic has become one of the best strikers on the planet. Pulisic is one of the reasons Chelsea beat Manchester City and won the Champions League.
The U.S.’s speed should be the difference. Pulisic will ensure the United States scores at least a goal. Also, because this takes place at Mile High, don’t be surprised if the U.S. wins this on the handicap.
Soccer Pick: United States
Costa Rica +474 Vs Mexico -208
On March 30, Mexico beat Costa Rica 1-0 in an international friendly. FIFA ranks Mexico eleventh, which means Mexico is a slightly better team than Germany.
Plenty of players with European club experience will step onto the pitch. Hirving Lozano plays for Napoli in Serie A. Hector Herrera is a sub at Atletico Madrid. Jesus Corona is a starting forward at Porto and Edson Alvarez starts for Ajax Amsterdam.
Those are a few of the players who have contracts with European clubs. But the real reason to like Mexico this year, and in next year’s World Cup, is because the Mexican Liga has become a strong organization.
America and Cruz Azul are top clubs. America dominated the Portland Timbers 3-1 in the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League match. Cruz Azul won the Mexican Liga this season.
If Mexico can continue building an international team with home grown, Mexican Liga talent, they’ll become a force on the world stage.
Los Ticos always plays tough. But their recent form suggests they’re up against it versus such a deep and talented Mexican squad.
Costa Rica shouldn’t lose by more than a goal, though. Los Ticos’ style suggests they’ll play defense for most of the match and try and force a draw. That could lead to a goal loss, but it will be difficult for Mexico to win by more than a goal.
Because we’re expecting MyBookie to post odds on Mexico making them at least a -1 ½ chalk, we’re backing Costa Rica. Los Ticos should lose. They shouldn’t lose by much.
Soccer Pick: Costa Rica handicap
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