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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Mexico vs USA - World Cup Qualifier - June 12th

On June 12th, the mighty Estadio Azteca will host one of the most thrilling matches in the qualifiers for the World Cup. México and United States will play a decisive match, with a chance for the home team to start to secure a spot in Russia. USA, on the other hand, needs a win to reassure their position in the table.

Under the management of Juan Carlos Osorio, México are retaking their dominance on CONCACAF. In their last match, they defeated Honduras 3-0 with ease, and it currently seems like no team can match their standard. With Raúl Jímenez and Carlos Vela as the forwards and the Dos Santos brothers as wingers, the offensive power of the mexicans is lethal. Jesus Corona has found his position as the playmaker, giving the team a fluid build up in the midfield. Chicharito Hernández is also set to play at least as a substitute.

The United States had a hard beginning, but with Bruce Arena taking the manager position, the team has a new lease of life. The young star Christian Pulisic, who scored the 2 goals in the victory over Trinidad and Tobago, is surely the most important player of the team, together with Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore. These three players need to carry the offensive weight if they want to have a chance. Mexico are the favourite to win, with an average of 4/7 with bookmakers. The  oddds of a draw are 14/5 but this might be a big ask in a Conference where there can be goals a plenty. For this reason, a match with four goals or more at 5/2, although riskier, could be a decent bet too.

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