ESPN betting analyst Paul Carr offers up a betting guide for the highly anticipated first World Cup 2022 qualifying matchup between the United States and Mexico.
Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.
Both USMNT-Mexico games earlier this year went to extra time, and both had plenty of scoring chances in regulation. June’s Nations League final was 2-2 after 90 minutes, with a total of 24 shots and 2.6 expected goals. Two months later, the Gold Cup final was scoreless after regulation, despite a total of 27 shots and 3.5 expected goals.
Additionally, both teams have dangerous attacks and defensive question marks for this matchup. Mexico will be missing center backs Nestor Araujo (suspended) and Cesar Montes (injured), and the remaining options are young and/or inexperienced. Mexico’s tendency to press often leaves their center backs isolated, which should create opportunities for Ricardo Pepi and the U.S. to exploit.
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