The USA national team have failed to live up to the hype that surrounded them in this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, already letting down football betting fans who have been backing them.
For the first time in the history of the competition, Bob Bradley’s charges lost a first-round game, falling to a 2-1 defeat to Panama, while they put in a decidedly lacklustre performance against a weak Guadeloupe earlier this week.
However, all that matters is that they managed to qualify and are now just three wins away from a fifth continental title.
The road to the Rose Bowl begins on Sunday afternoon in Washington DC, with the Stars and Stripes facing Group B winners Jamaica.
Football betting fans will be able to get odds of 1/2 on the host nation advancing to the semi-final stage, with Jamaica, who have been in impressive form so far, priced at 5/1.
The Reggae Boyz remain the surprise of the Gold Cup, having dispatched Group B foes Grenada, Guatemala and Honduras and scored seven in the process.
Defender Demar Phillips, who plays for Norwegian club Aalesunds, has three goals, while San Jose Earthquakes forward Ryan Johnson has a pair.
Based on this form, and the not overly convincing recent displays of the USA, Theodore Whitmore’s side look like they could be a good outside bet.
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A look at the two sides’ previous meetings, however, swings it back into the USA’s favour. Two wins for the host nation and two draws in the past four suggest that the Jamaicans will have to go out all guns blazing in order to progress.
These matches have finished in a 1-1 draw on two occasions and 3-1 and 2-1 to the USA on the other two. This could tempt a number of punters to back the 21/20 football betting odds on both teams scoring in the game.
Alternatively, the odds on the final score could attract a lot of attention from those looking for the maximum returns. Placing the free £25 bet offered by bwin on a repeat of the 3-1 win for the USA at 23/2 would see punters collect £312.50.
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