The 2018 World Cup in Russia is now just about a year away, which means we are coming down to the wire in the qualifying stages. There are a whole slew of games being played all across the world over the next few days, and it all begins on Thursday with the return of Hexagonal play in the CONCACAF region. Three teams from the six will automatically qualify for the Finals, while the team that finished in 4th will still have a shot at qualification, although they would have to play and beat a team from Asia to move on. The USA men’s team are in a bit of a tight spot right now after losing their opening two games of the Hex, and they will have a pair of games this week that will make their fate a little clearer once the smoke has cleared. It all begins on Thursday for the USMNT when they welcome in Trinidad & Tobago, a team that they have totally dominated over the years. This is a must-win game for both teams. Find the latest soccer betting picks here.
Here’s A Closer Look At The CONCACAF Soccer Betting Odds For USA Vs Trinidad & Tobago
When: Thursday, June 8 at 8 PM EST
Where: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colorado
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
FIFA Odds: TBA
Why bet on the USA
The US looked like a team that had lost interest in playing under Coach Jurgen Klinsmann, and it cost the German his job after they were trounced by Costa Rica in the second game of the Hex. Bruce Arena was brought in to right the ship, and he has done that so far, picking up 4 points in the 2 games since taking over. The US now sit in 4th place in the group, but could conceivably move up with a win over T&T, a team that they have not lost to in 20 years. The US are 7-0-1 versus Trinidad on home soil in qualifying games, and have not surrendered a single goal in those meetings. This should be a win for the US.
Why bet on Trinidad & Tobago
If you think that the US are in trouble in the Hex, spare a thought for Trinidad & Tobago. They sit at the bottom of the group with just 3 points, and are now on their third coach since starting this stage of qualification. They did manage to knock off Panama in their first outing under their new head coach, but followed that up with a loss to Mexico. The bigger issue here is their total inefficiency against the US, especially on the road. I expect T&T to bunker down for this one, hoping that they can get something on the break or from a set piece, with Kenwyne Jones sure to be the target man.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This feels like a warm-up game for the US as they look forward to a date at the Azteca versus Mexico on Sunday. They are playing this game in Colorado in an effort to get used to the high altitude that they will experience this weekend. It’s a good exercise, and one they should pass without too much difficulty.