The United States faces a critical Pool B match against England on Friday after the Americans opened the tournament with a draw against Wales.
Going into the World Cup, the USMNT had a 53% chance of making it to the knockout stage. After the draw with Wales, the odds are 45%.
England are in a much better place after opening with a 6-2 win over Iran. Since the World Cup expanded to 32 teams in 1998, 84% of the teams that opened the group stage with a win have reached the knockout round.
Star England striker Harry Kane suffered an ankle injury against Iran but reports indicate the star is expected to play against the United States.
England have one of the most talented squads of any team in the tournament, with the likes of Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling and Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford in attack.
England lost in the semi-finals in 2018 and failed to make it past the group stage in 2014.
The United States and England have met twice before in the World Cup, with the USMNT winning in 1950 and the two teams drawing in 2010. Both meetings took place during the group stage.
If you’re looking to drop a few bucks on the game, here’s how to bet on the USA vs. England matchup, from the money line, the draw, total Over/Under odds and an expert pick (odds via FOX Bet ).
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Stu Holden, Maurice Edu and Landon Donovan anticipate the matchup between England and USA on Friday.
England against USA (2 pm ET, Friday, FOX and FOX Sports app)
England: -200 (bet $10 to win $15 total)
USA: +450 (bet $10 to win $55 total)
Draw: +275 (bet $10 to win $37.50 total)
Over/Under Total Goals: 2.5
On: -149 (bet $10 to win $16.71 total)
Under: +105 (bet $10 to win $20.50 total)
Pick Through FOX Sports Betting Analyst jason mcintyre:
Outside of Brazil, England probably have the most complete roster at the World Cup. You’re full when you can bring in players with $50 and $100 million contracts from your bank. Two reserves, Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford, scored as England thrashed Iran 6-2. So loaded the Three lions are.
England are considerable favorites here, as you have to bet $172 on England to win $100. If you want action in the biggest sporting event of the year, grab a flyer in the first half draw at +135. The United States will come out with fire and brimstone, knowing they need a draw or a win to give them the best chance to advance.
TO CHOOSE: Tie in the first half (+135 on FOX Bet)
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