March 2022 USA World Cup Qualifiers - Previews & Betting Picks

March 2022 USA World Cup Qualifiers - Previews & Betting Picks
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Mexico vs USA - March 24th 2022, 22:00 ET

The USMNT will look to earn their first-ever victory over Mexico in Mexico when they head to the Estadio Azteca for the first of three crunch ties.

Currently, both teams sit just below Canada with 21 points from their 11 games so far, with the United States in second place on goal difference.

Both teams need just four points to secure their place in the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar that takes place this November, with the top three teams in the table automatically qualifying while fourth place enters an inter-continental playoff game.

Both Teams Are Ahead of Panama

They currently sit four points ahead of Panama in fourth place right now, so they have a decent cushion for qualification. Both teams however will want to get this campaign wrapped up as soon as possible to avoid any potential curveballs.

Forward Brenden Aaronson is a doubt for the USMNT with a knee injury and Winston McKennie is out for the rest of the season with an ankle problem, so Berhalter will be without two key players for the huge clashes.

However, Christian Pulisic has been in good form for Chelsea in the English Premier League in recent weeks when called upon and Giovanni Reyna is back fit and available again too so they're not short on options.

As for Mexico, they'll be without Juan Guardado who has been ruled out with a knee issue but other than that they are nearly at full strength.

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Play it safe

This game is likely to be as cagey as they come, so I'd play it safe with the bets.

The USA got a victory against Mexico in their first meeting during this qualifying process, claiming a 2-0 win thanks to goals by Pulisic and McKennie. Only one of those players will be available this time around and with quite a bit of inexperience in the squad at the international level expect the manager to keep it tight.

Timothy Weah will likely start on the bench and with Aaronson, a doubt, the hopes of the team going forward will be placed on the inconsistent form of Pulisic.

Mexico wants to win

That said, Mexico will push hard for a result and could leave themselves open to a counter-attack which is exactly where he's at his best.

Zack Steffen is back in the fold while Antonee Robinson, Sergino Dest, and DeAndre Yedlin all provide top-level experience in defense.

Back the USA to come out on top in a double chance bet, meaning they win or draw the game to earn a small profit heading into the next game.

USA or Draw Double Chance vs Mexico

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Costa Rica vs USA, March 30th, 2022, 21:05 ET

The final two games of the qualifying should be more straightforward for the USMNT.

While Panama caused a big shock back at the start of the qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win over the USA, the States are a much stronger side with more individual quality.

Regardless of how the Mexico game goes a few days before, this will be the game that the team is looking at to make their real dent. They need four points and they will be expecting to earn all three in this game which puts them on the brink of confirming qualification.

Costa Rica Has the Home Advantage

They have plenty of pace in attack and defensively they should be solid enough to keep a clean sheet, so it's just about breaking down a staunt defensive line that Panama will set up.

With home advantage for the game too and the state of play known to fans due to the Mexico game already being played, they will have enough to earn a victory on the night.

That sets up an open goal for the Costa Rica game too who are essentially out of the race as it stands for the automatic places.

They could potentially make some changes to the team and Costa Rica could still be looking to make themselves contenders for that playoff spot so expect them to get on the scoresheet, but ultimately they're not strong enough defensively to keep the USA out too, so look at both teams to score bet for this one.

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Costa Rica and the USA Both Teams to Score