United States vs Mexico 2018 World Cup Qualifiers Betting Odds & Pick

Posted by Peter Boysen on June 9, 2017 in

On Sunday night, the United States and Mexico meet in a World Cup qualifier at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. Mexico have 13 points from their first five games, winning four times and drawing once, including a 3-0 whipping of Honduras at home on Thursday night. The United States have seven points from their first five games — although they have gone 2-0- 1 after dropping their first two matches, including a 2-0 home win over Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday night. Who will have the soccer odds in their favor come Sunday? Let’s find out.

United States vs Mexico 2018 World Cup Qualifiers Betting Odds & Pick

When: Sunday, June 11, 2017, 8:30pm ET
Where: Estadia Azteca, Mexico City
Radio: None
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
Soccer Odds: Mexico is favored at -112

Why should you bet on the United States?

The United States showed some shaky defense late in the first half against Trinidad & Tobago, as a header from Kenwyne Jones eluded American goalkeeper Tim Howard but clanged off the post. However, they kept steady pressure on the Soca Warriors, as Clint Dempsey put a shot just over the crossbar in the 15th minute and then Jozy Altidore saw his header tipped away for a corner kick in the 34th minute. It was Christian Pulisic’s two goals in the second half, ten minutes apart, that gave the United States the separation they needed — and the three points. But will the Mexican team give the Americans the room they need to score goals? And will the United States play better defense than they did when they lost, 2-1, at home to Mexico in the first qualification match?

Why should you put your money on Mexico?

Oswaldo Alanis, Hirving Lozano and Raul Jimenez all posted goals for Mexico in a convincing win over Honduras. El Tri won without five starters, all of whom were allowed to rest ahead of Sunday’s match against the United States. This win was particularly impressive given that Mexico had not beaten Honduras at home in eight years. The Mexican side have gained significantly in confidence and offensive output since a shaky period from 2012 to 2014 that saw them almost fail to qualify for Brazil 2014, while the American side has foundered a bit in the last years of the Klinsmann era.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The United States show a new resilience and defensive focus since replacing Klinsmann with Bruce Arena. I see them playing Mexico to a 1-1 draw and pulling a much-needed point out of this matchup.