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USMNT Can Take A Big Step To World Cup 2022 Qualification Tonight

After a superb 2-0 win over Mexico at the weekend, the US Men’s National Soccer team could take a massive step towards next year’s World Cup Finals in Qatar as they face Jamaica in a qualifying match tonight.

Having played half of their 14-game qualifying schedule, the USMNT sit at the top of the CONCACAF Qualifying group, level on points with Mexico but with a better goal difference (+7 compared to +5) and having a better head-to-head record after beating the previously unbeatem Mexican side at the weekend.

Both those teams are just one point ahead of Canada who lie in the third and final automatic qualifying spot, while Panama lie in fourth spot with 11 points, five points clear of the chasing pack which includes Costa Rica, Jamaica and El Salvador with six points each and Honduras, who are ye to win a game, bottom of the table on three points.

Let’s take a look at the game tonight and the odds on some of the best betting markets, as provided by BetRivers Sportsbook.

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Team USA Taking The Initiative

After missing out on the 2018 World Cup Finals, the US Mens team has bounced back well from

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a defeat in Panama on Matchday five to win their next two games against Costa Rica and Mexico to take the initiative at the top of the group.

Despite missing a number of players through injury, the US Team were patient when playing Mexico, scoring two late goals through Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie to claim the victory, although Miles Robinson will miss the game with Jamaica tonight after he was sent off late in the game with Mexico.

Chris Richards may well step in to replace the suspended Robinson against Jamaica tonight. Weston McKennie is also suspended with Kellyn Acosta expected to deputise.

Manager Gregg Berhalter knows that the games against Mexico and Canada, as well as the home game with Panama, will likely determine where the US team finishes in the table, but they will certainly want to avoid finishing any lower than third and thus be drawn into an inter-confederation playoff to claim a World Cup Finals place.

After starting the last game on the bench, Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic will have played himself into contention for this game, while there were equally impressive performances in that game from Yunus Musah in midfield and Tim Weah in attack.

USMNT – Projected XI – (4-3-3) – Zack Steffen (GK), DeAndre Yedlin (DR), Antonee Robinson (DL), Chris Richards (DC), Walker Zimmerman (DC), Tyler Adams (DMC), Kellyn Acosta (MC), Yunus Musah (MC), Timothy Weah (AMR), Christian Pulisic (AML), Ricardo Pepi (AC)

Jamaica Trying To Claw Back Gap

After a slow start in qualifying which saw them bottom of the table until two games ago, Jamaica have now gone three games unbeaten and have lost just one of their last five games in qualifying.

They should have beaten El Salvador on Saturday, but conceded a late equaliser, which means that they remain five points behind fourth placed Panama.

Manager Theodore Whitmore has galvanised his team, who were not expected to challenge in qualifying, into a talented outfit, utilising a number of stars from Europe with Jamaican heritage to bolster the young and otherwise inexperienced squad.

Michail Antonio, who scored the goal on Saturday, may start the game for Jamaica, with either Shamar Nicholson or Kemar Roofe likely to make way.

American fans could also get a glimpse of Ravel Morrison, likely to start as a substitute for Jamaica, and one of the most talented footballers England has produced in many years, but who due to a number of off-field issues, has failed to see that talent blossom.

Jamaica Projected XI – (4-2-3-1) – Andre Blake (GK), Oniel Fisher (DR), Kemar Lawrence (DL), Adrian Mariappa (DC), Damion Lowe (DC), Je-Vaugn Watson (MC), Anthony Grant (MC), Leon Bailey (AMR), Bobby Reid (AML), Kemar Roofe (AMC), Michail Antonio (AC)

Jamaica V USA Tips

USA are the -182 favorites to win this game, with Jamaica at +525 with BetRivers, that seems long odds for a team unbeaten in their last three games. Looking at how tight these games have been in general, I think the tie is the best bet here at +255.

If you wanted to place a correct score bet, then a 1-1 tie is a +600 shot with BetRivers too.

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