USA vs Mexico: What bettors need to know

Sep 9, 2013 |
The Stars and Stripes team-record 12-game winning streak came to a screeching halt against Costa Rica last week and they'll look to start up another one against familiar foe Mexico Tuesday in World Cup Qualifying.

USA v Mexico (+138, +210, +210)

Site: Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Why bet the USA:
You can't win 'em all. Costa Rica may have won 3-1 but it was in their backyard and they do have an above average squad. The problem with that game is that the USA lost some good players and will have to dip into the talent pool to field a squad versus Mexico. Midfielder Michael Bradley has been ruled out with a sprained left ankle and Jozy Altidore, Geoff Cameron and Matt Besler are suspended after collecting yellow cards against Los Ticos. The US does have some players to choose from and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called on Clarence Goodson, Joe Corona, Jose Torres and Brad Davis. The Mexican side is in a bit of shambles as well. They sacked head coach Jose Manuel de la Torre after an humiliating 2-1 defeat to Honduras. Mexico is currently fourth in the table with just one victory, five draws and one defeat in their World Cup qualifying campaign.

Why bet Mexico: On paper, Mexico is a talented side. They boast Manchester United poacher Chicharito, Villareal forward Gio dos Santos and Valenica midfielder Andrés Guardado. This is a strong side, but clearly something during this qualifying run was/is amiss. Potentially, that has been rectified with the firing of de la Torre. El Tricolor are a unit that, when meshed well, can play with just about anyone. They have goals in them and even though they haven't been in the best of form, are still dangerous.

Previous World Cup qualifier result:
Mexico 0, USA 0 (in Mexico)

Key betting note:
The USA has won the previous three competitive matches versus Mexico in Columbus by a scoreline of 2-0 each time. All of which were World Cup qualifiers.

* If the USA beats Mexico and Honduras collects a victory against Panama, the USA punches its ticket to Brazil 2014.

*Odds courtesy of Bet365.

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