Why You Should Bet on the USA to Beat England in the World Cup
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- Looking for a reason to back the Stars and Stripes against England?
- We break down Michael Leboff's case for the USMNT.
- Read on to see why he's betting the US.
The time has finally arrived. It's USA against England in the 2022 World Cup.
Despite the longshot odds — or maybe because of them — here's why you should bet on the United States to beat England on Black Friday in the World Cup.
Entering Black Friday's USA vs. England World Cup match, the United States' odds to win are a somewhat daunting +500 on the moneyline. England, on the other hand, are -175 to win the match, while a regulation-time draw is +320.
Yet, on the pre-Thanksgiving edition of Action Network's Wondergoal podcast, soccer expert Michael Leboff made the case for betting on the United States beating England in their World Cup 2022 match:
"I like the United States. I'll bet the moneyline. I'll bet a little bit with my heart here.
"The attacking threat is there. And what have we seen out of Gareth Southgate's England? When he feels a little nervous about a matchup that he thinks his team can be get at, he puts the handbrake on. That conservative approach, it just invites variance, invites a coin-flip kind of matchup.
"And I think the United States can hang, especially in the midfield, with the athleticism of Tyler Adams, Yunus Musah and Weston McKennie. They can hang with Jude Bellingham; Adams can basically follow him around all night and negate that advantage.
"So, I think for the first time in a World Cup, the United States actually aren't just a 'set up in two low blocks and defend' side against a team like England. They can actually take the game to them a little bit, and they have the attacking players to take advantage of it.
"Hopefully, it's a little chaotic. Hopefully, the United States gets the bounce, because I'm going to be playing that narrative. I'm gonna be playing the US.
"I'm mighty scared, like you guys are, of the center back pairing with Tim Ream and Walker Zimmerman, but I also have a little bit of confidence in the full backs. Antonee 'Jedi' Robinson looked terrific. I think Sergiño Dest can be a threat. We know that the English flanks are suspect at best, especially without Walker, So I think the US is worth a shot here, a little sprinkle on the moneyline.
"It's a day after Thanksgiving, after all, right? Why not?"
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That line has since moved from USA +550 on the moneyline to +650 at FanDuel, and on Green Dot Daily on Friday morning, Leboff was still riding with the Americans. If you're in, all you have to do is click the link above to automatically fill out your bet slip at FanDuel with QuickSlip.
And if the USA does beat England, it won't be the only longshot winner Leboff has given out this week. To see all of his bets — and all of the bets from all of our experts — make sure to download the Action Network app, where you can follow your favorite analysts and track your own bets.