It has been five games since the USA last won an international match, but Wednesday night’s opening CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C match meeting with cross-border neighbours Canada is expected to be a walk in the park.
The last time the two sides met, the game was marred with controversy. The USA recorded a 2-1 win in the 2007 competition’s semi-finals before then going on to win the entire tournament.
But Canadian fans will no doubt draw attention to the injury-time equaliser that ended up being chalked off after it was ruled that goalscorer Atiba Hutchinson was offside.
Revenge, therefore, is likely to be the word on the lips of Stephen Hart’s men as they take on the USA for the first time since that disappointment.
However, whatever the intentions of the Canucks, the USA are the clear favourites for the game. bwin.com offers odds of 1/4 on them winning in front of their home fans.
Canada, by contrast, are priced at 8/1 to get what would appear to be an unlikely win. Punters that are finding it difficult to separate the sides may be tempted by the 17/4 odds offered on the game ending as a draw.
The USA hold the advantage in terms of past meetings between the two sides, with 12 victories, eight draws and nine losses – these figures including two Gold Cup wins.
There is also money to be made in the goal bet markets. Fans expecting a high-scoring affair can back more than four goals being scored at 8/5, while some of the more sensible money is likely to go on two goals or less, which is priced at 23/20.
Indeed, with the USA coming off a 4-0 hammering to Spain and Canada drawing 2-2 with Ecuador last time out, the fear of losing could limit the amount of free-flowing football on show.
Nevertheless, the 11/10 odds on both teams scoring in the match could prove tempting for a number of football betting enthusiasts. Using your free £25 bet from joining bwin.com to bet on this outcome will see members collect returns of £52.50.
Punters can also get odds of 33/1 on Canada winning the game 3-1.
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