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World Cup Odds: Bettors Backing United States to Pull Off Massive Shock

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Julio Aguilar/Getty Images. Pictured: United States standout Christian Pulisic.

We are just 10 days out from the World Cup, meaning it’s time to take a look at the World Cup odds market.

In some of the least surprising betting news that you’ll ever hear, the American public is all over the United States to secure a shocking World Cup title.

The U.S. is a 100/1 underdog at BetMGM to win a first World Cup, but that number isn’t long enough to stop the public from flocking to the home team.

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A solid 11.0% of the betting tickets and 9.2% of the handle at BetMGM are on the United States to win the trophy, making the team the No. 1 liability on the board by far.

The United States missed out on the last World Cup in 2018, failing to get past the qualifying stage in dramatic fashion.

This time around, the U.S. made no mistake and booked its spot in the World Cup. The Stars and Stripes are in Group B alongside England, Iran and Wales.

Manager Gregg Berhalter also released his official squad for the tournament, with a few surprises involved.

#USMNT World Cup Roster 🇺🇸

F: Pulisic, Morris, Ferreira, Reyna, Sargent, Weah, Wright

Mid: Aaronson, Acosta, Adams, de la Torre, McKennie, Musah, Roldan

D: Dest, Moore, Long, Ream, Robinson, Scally, Yedlin, Zimmerman, Carter-Vickers

GK: Turner, Johnson, Horvath pic.twitter.com/C1OU1HoltW

— Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) November 9, 2022

The second-biggest liability at BetMGM may come as a bit of a surprise, but again, there’s likely a bit of geography involved.

Canada has received 3.3% of the tickets and 4.6% of the handle at a +25000 price.

Argentina is a popular pick as well, with 15.5% of the wagers and 22.2% of the handle on the squad. Their price has slowly shortened from +1000 before the group draw to +600 now.

The World Cup favorite, Brazil, is a short +400, and 12.8% of the tickets are paired with 22.9% of the handle on them.

Opening kick at the World Cup comes on Nov. 20, when Ecuador takes on Qatar at 11 a.m. ET.

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