Soccer Picks: USA vs. Jamaica World Cup Qualifier Tips

Richard O'Hagan

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 7:30 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 7:30 PM UTC

It is crunch time in the CONCACAF qualifying contest as the United States host Jamaica. Which squad are we backing as we try to cash in with our soccer picks?

For Jamaica, the position is clear. If they want to even make the CONCACAF play-off for a FIFA World Cup berth, they need to win their last two games and hope that the likes of Mexico slip up. It is a bit ask for the Reggae Boys, particularly as those games are against sides already placed higher than them. Even with the prolific Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson now in the side, and veterans such as Jermaine Beckford to come off the bench, it is almost mission impossible for Theodore Whitmore’s men.

The USA’s destiny, on the other hand, is very firmly their own to determine. They won the away fixture against Jamaica 2-1 back in June, but it wasn’t the comfortable result they had been expecting, needing a last-minute goal from Brad Evans to seal the points. With qualification already assured, they won’t be getting complacent, either – the better the placing they can achieve, the better their seeding come the Finals draw is going to be.

The USA are huge favorites for this match, currently best priced at soccer odds of 1.30 with Sportingbet, whilst their opponents are way out at 13.0 with BetVictor and the draw a fairly ungenerous 5.5 at Betway. There’s value to be had elsewhere, though. For example, Ladbrokes offer a very good 3.75 on both sides to score during the course of 90 minutes, whilst a repeat of that 2-1 scoreline from the summer is a huge 11.0 at BetVictor.

There’s also the half time/full time market to consider. Backing the USA to be ahead at the interval and the end won’t bring you much joy (1.87 with BetVictor being the best price on offer) but try backing them to win after drawing at the break with your soccer picks and you can get 4.0 at Ladbrokes

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