Public Backing Christian Pulisic, USA Ahead of 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier With Rival Mexico
Omar Vega/Getty. Pictured: United States standout Christian Pulisic.
USA vs. Mexico Betting Odds
*Odds via BetMGM
The final three matches of the United States’ bid toward securing a berth in the World Cup are upon us, with the public backing the Americans to do something it has never done.
Mexico is playing host to the USMNT on Thursday night at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, a venue where the red, white and blue have never secured a World Cup qualifying win and where it has one win in the federation’s history.
Nonetheless, a majority of bettors are backing the United States to pick up a crucial upset victory against El Tri.
Early betting data shows 61% of the public tickets are riding with the USMNT to win, while 55% of the money sits on the same side, per BetMGM.
However, BetMGM opened the United States at +230 on the three-way moneyline and it has ballooned to +333 to secure a historic victory. Mexico opened at +110 and is now -115, drawing 28% of the wagers and 39% of the handle.
Westgate Sportsbook has had a similar odds shift, with Mexico opening at +120 and now sitting at -115 to win the fixture.
Back in November, the United States defeated Mexico, 2-0, to go atop the CONCACAF qualifying standings. Canada now leads the group with 25 points, while the USMNT and Mexico have 21 points each. The USMNT leads its rival on goal differential.
Panama is currently in fourth place, which is a World Cup play-in position, with 17 points entering the latest fixtures.
A win would likely secure the USMNT direct qualification into the World Cup via the top three spots of the octagonal, but five points out of the remaining fixtures would guarantee a top-three position.