Team USA Underdogs In Upcoming World Cup Qualifiers Against Mexico

Posted on November 10, 2021

The US Men’s National Team (USMNT) travels to Cincinnati, Ohio this Friday, Nov. 12 to face Mexico in a World Cup qualifiers faceoff.

Tennessee sportsbooks see the USMNT as an underdog in their quest to log a hometown victory and advance one step further to the World Cup.

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USMNT vs Mexico World Cup qualifiers betting

The CONCACAF’s top two competitors come together for their third face-off this season.

USA and Mexico met this summer at the CONCACAF Nations League final where the US claimed the crown with a 3-2 win. They met again in August at the CONCACAF Gold Cup final where team USA  introduced a fresh squad and won 1-0.

But despite recent history, Tennessee sportsbooks still expect Mexico to secure a win on Friday.

El Tri is given a slightly better chance of wining with +150 odds.

DraftKings Tennessee puts the likelihood of a draw at +195 odds and situates the Yanks with +200 odds of emerging victorious.

Recent US/Mexico qualifiers success

The USMNT played Canada in a previous World Cup qualifying match at Nashville’s own Nissan Stadium, where they logged their second draw of the finals despite being favored.

Since then, they’ve gone on to win against Honduras, Jamaica and Costa Rica. The only qualifiers match they’ve lost so far was against Panama.

Mexico has had similar success in the finals thus far, wining against Jamaica, Costa Rica, Honduras and El Salvador. However, they logged draws against Panama and Canada, and most recently lost to El Salvador.

The last time the US beat Mexico in three back-to-back matches was in 2007 during three friendly meetups.

A win this Friday would mark the first time they’ve won against Mexico in three competitive events.

Ways to wager on soccer in Tennessee

Although not every sportsbook offers lines on Friday’s game, the ones that do offer a variety of ways to bet on soccer in Tennessee.

Bettors can wager on a team to score the first goal, the last goal and whether both teams will score.

Moneyline wagering is available for both the game as a whole as well as for each half. There is even the option to wager on which half will result in the higher score.

Sportsbooks seem to think the game’s total goals will fall near the two-point mark, which is on par with recent events.

The last 10 USMNT matches have averaged 1.7 goals per game, while Mexico’s faceoffs averaged 2.5 goals per game.

Same game parlay options are also available at sportsbooks such as DraftKings and FanDuel TN, allowing bettors to group multiple wagers into a single bet for enhanced odds.

Soccer prop bets

Along with being able to wager on each team as a whole, Tennesseans can also place prop bets on individual players.

Bettors can wager on the first scorer, last scorer and anytime scorer.

DraftKings gives Mexico striker Raul Jimenez the best chance of scoring a goal at any point during the game with +200 odds, and his odds of being the first or last scorer are +450.

On the US side, 18 year-old budding star Ricardo Pepi has +225 odds of an anytime goal and +550 odds of being the first or last scorer.

USMNT World Cup futures betting odds

World Cup futures odds currently position the US with the 16th-best odds of bringing home the coveted international trophy.

USA sits directly behind Mexico in DraftKings’ current futures odds, though odds could shift in favor of the US if they manage another victory against Mexico.

As of now, both teams boast +10000 odds of a World Cup win.

DraftKings situates World Cup futures odds as follows:

TeamWorld Cup Odds
Brazil+500
France+650
England+800
Spain+850
Germany+900
Italy+1000
Argentina+1100
Belgium+1100
Portugal+1200
Netherlands+1600
Denmark+3500
Colombia+5000
Croatia+5000
Uruguay+5000
Mexico+10000
USA+10000
Sweden+13000
Ukraine+13000

USA and Mexico convene this Friday in Cincinnati’s TQL Stadium. Tennessee bettors lucky enough to secure a seat to the match will need to place their wagers before crossing the Volunteer State border.

Those staying in town can stream the match on ESPN2 beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

After Friday’s match, Team USA moves on to face Jamaica on Nov. 16.

USA will then face Mexico once again in March of 2022 for a rematch on Mexico’s home turf.

Photo by Associated Press
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As a college athlete, Alec Cunningham played Division II golf at Tusculum University. She graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Professional Writing. Alec has spent the last five years working in the music industry as a concert promoter, tour manager and artist developer. As a journalist, she has covered a variety of topics and currently specializes in the Tennessee online sports betting industry.

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