USA vs. Mexico Market Report: Public Backing Americans, Christian Pulisic in World Cup Qualifier

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Omar Vega/Getty Images. Pictured: United States star Christian Pulisic.

There are World Cup qualifying matches and then there are World Cup qualifying matches between Mexico and the United States.

It doesn’t get any bigger than latest showdown, set to kickoff Friday at 9 p.m. ET in Cincinnati at the brand new TQL Stadium. Tickets have been sold out for weeks for what is to expected to be another American soccer spectacle.

Let’s take a look at where the betting action lies in this game.

The United States opened as a +220 underdog in the game at sportsbooks. That line has quickly moved down to +170 odds, where it currently sits as of Friday morning, at BetMGM. The U.S. is getting 59% of the bets and 72% of the total handle on the moneyline, according to BetMGM.

Mexico opened as the +135 betting favorite and that line has moved to +165 as of writing. El Tri is picking up 26% of the bets and 24% of the money at BetMGM as well.

The draw is the lowest liability for BetMGM with just 4% of the handle and 15% of the total bets. The draw is the only line that has not moved since the open, staying at +200 odds.

U.S. manager Gregg Berhalter has already stated star attacker Christian Pulisic will not start the match after recovering from injury, but it’s very possible that he could come off the bench in the second half.

Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen will get the start for the red, white and blue, Berhalter announced in a press conference earlier this week. That came as a surprise to some U.S. followers, as New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner has been the primary starter of late.

The U.S. has won their last two matches against El Tri — in the Nations League and Gold Cup finals — and will look to make it three consecutive wins over their rival for the first time in its soccer history.

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