The U.S.A. Men's Soccer team will have it's hands full in the group stages of the World Cup. The odds are against them, and advancement isn't likely. Take a look at what we can expect from them.
So little is made of the American team nowadays that it is easy to forget that they are still ranked in the top 20 in the world. Gone is the razzmatazz and general profile-raising that followed their good showing in the 1994 and 1998 finals, but there is no doubting that under coach Jurgen Klinsmann this team have gone far.
Put against their opponents in Group G, though, this side appears somewhat lightweight. Admittedly, they ran away with CONCACAF qualifying, finishing four points clear of the field and suffering only one defeat, but compared to group rivals Germany and Portugal they look far from competitive. The best price that you will get on them being knocked out at the group stage is SkyBet’s 1.36 and it really is going to take something special for them to go beyond that.
Team USA’s best chance of points really lies in their match against Ghana, their opening game of the tournament. This is why the favourite option in the ‘group points’ market is set at three (4.33 with BetVictor) with a single point close behind (4.5 with Bwin). The bolder option here, though, is no points at all. That will net you 8.0 at Bwin and, if that view looks ungenerous to the Americans, remember that they finished dead last when drawn in a similar strength group back in the 2006 finals.
Three tough games and a possible early exit means that there won’t be too many goals to spread around. That creates possibilities in the top goalscorer market, where Sunderland’s Jozy Altidore looks a better bet at 10.0 than another EPL favourite, Clint Dempsey, who is a meagre 3.5. The strength of the opposition in this group is marked by an unusual option in this market of ‘no goalscorer’, which is on offer at a fairly generous 17.0/