Mexico Vs USA CONCACAF Soccer Betting Odds & Game Info
CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia has now reached the halfway point, and the current standings in the Hexagonal are about what we would have expected, with Mexico, Costa Rica, and the US occupying the 3 spots that would mean automatic qualification. The Mexicans are the most comfortable at the moment, and are realistically only one more win away from booking their ticket to Russia. They sit at the top of the group with 13 points out of a possible 15, 5 points clear of Costa Rica in second.
They know that the job is not yet done, though, and they have a tough match-up on their hands at the Azteca on Sunday night when their bitter rivals come to town. The US have recovered nicely after a rough start that ended up costing Jurgen Klinsmann his job. The US are still in a position where they could easily slip into the 4th place spot, which would mean having to play a home and home game against an Asian team to qualify. They will be looking for at least a point from this game to better their position.
Analyzing The Mexico Vs USA CONCACAF Soccer Betting Odds & Game Info
When: Sunday, June 11 at 8:30 PM EST
Where: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
FIFA Odds: Mexico -1 (-103)
Why bet on the USA
The USMNT had to dig themselves out of a major hole after losing the opening two games in the Hex. The loss to Mexico was tough, but the 4-0 thumping at the hands to Costa Rica was downright scary, and it ended up costing Jurgen Klinsmann his job. Bruce Arena has come in and righted the ship, leading the US to a 2-0-1 record in their last 3 qualifying games, the lasts of which was a 2-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago that was a lot more comfortable than the score suggests. The player to watch for the US is Christian Pulisic, an 18-year old who is a total game changer. He got both goals in the T&T win.
Why bet on Mexico
Mexico have never been a team known for playing great defensive football, which is why it is a bit of a surprise that they have only given up 1 goal in their 5 Hex games. What’s not surprising is that they have scored 8, as this is a team that has goal scorers all over the park. Their road to Russia got off to a dream start when they beat the US on the road in the opening game of the Hex, scoring a late winner to get the full 3 points. The only slip-up, if you can call it that, for Mexico was a 0-0 tie on the road in Panama. Home games are where Mexico do the most damage, as the high altitude of Azteca makes it tough for opponents to come in and play well there.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The US game plan is likely going to be centered on possession and frustrating a Mexico team that like to attack. They will look to Michael Bradley and Darlington Nagbe to hold up the play and slow things down in the midfield. I think a tie is the likeliest result here.