WCQ Soccer Picks: Failure to Succeed Here Would Be Disastrous for the USMNT

Stuart Woodrow

Sunday, September 3, 2017 6:56 PM UTC

Sunday, Sep. 3, 2017 6:56 PM UTC

After the USA’s recent loss against Costa Rica in the 5th round of World Cup Qualification, their participation for the World Cup in Russia next summer is increasingly under threat.

Honduras vs. USA

One of the sides that could take their place is Honduras who are now behind the USA on goal difference alone. A win for the home side would see Honduras leapfrog their more illustrious opponents into third place.

If the USA are to win this (and it’s far from guaranteed) then Bruce Arena is going to have to be better tactically than he was against Costa Rica, not only did he leave Clint Dempsey, one of the USA’s better players, on the bench for most of the game, the defence he put in place were caught wide open for Costa Rica’s goals.

The last time these 2 met in World Cup action was in the qualifying rounds of the 2014 World Cup and on that occasion Honduras picked up a 2-1 win. A similar result would be disastrous for the USA and, bearing in mind their 14 match unbeaten run before the Costa Rica game, would be difficult to believe. The +123 (Pinnacle) for the USA, even away from home, looks like a nice set of odds and is surely only that high because of the Costa Rica result.

I think we should take advantage of that while we can because I can only see the betting odds coming in and that level of value just won’t be there at kick-off, once the public has had their say.

The concern will be the USA defence though, If Tim ream and Geoff Cameron start as the central pairing again then there will be problems, they were so far apart at times a bus could have driven between them without any problems.

If that is the starting pairing at the back (Bruce Arena is highly unlikely to go three at the back) then it’s worth backing Both Teams To Score (Yes) at anything above evens. It’s currently at +120 with bet365 and there’s not enough value for me right now but when those team sheets get announced I may be jumping into the market.

History says that the USA have a very good chance of winning this match, they have won 5 out of their last 6 away matches against Honduras, but the USA need to make their superiority work. If Pulisic is getting marked out of the game, find a different avenue. Make use of the better players that are at the disposal of the USA and make sure those 3 points belong to them.

Failure to win here could have disastrous consequences for next summer. Click the line that favors your choice  below!

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