With the final round of Group B fixtures Tuesday, it is still all to play for in terms of qualification to the Round of 16. Short of a huge disaster unfolding, it will be England who have already bagged one of the invites for themselves. Should Gareth Southgate’s men lose 4-0 to Wales, there is every chance that England would be sent packing early on. What’s more likely is the U.S. Men’s National Team must beat Iran to advance. Let’s look at USA odds for the pivotal match and other betting angles that may unfold.
The USMNT’s final group play game will be televised Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET on FOX and Telemundo in the United States. The best available USA odds to win the match are .
Betting Angles, Analysis, Game Preview
The equation from Gregg Berhalter’s point of view is rather simple to solve. Win and you are in. Fail to do so and the likes of Christian Pulisic and Timothy Weah will be on the first flight out of Qatar.
A status that would be rather harsh as far as the United States Men’s National Team are concerned. They currently have two points in the World Cup bank account, in fairness to them they should really have six.
By far the dominant team in the first half against Wales and certainly ahead on the judges’ scorecards against England. If this team could play well for 90 minutes than opposed to only 45, their current World Cup odds outlook would be far brighter.
While a less than sunny disposition is something that manager Berhalter is going to have to deal with. When you spar well but fail to land a knockout blow on two separate occasions, you usually find yourself with no gas in the tank for the third.
A scenario that is also concerning supporters back home. Yes, those involved have certainly done the nation proud but at the same time, those involved have lacked the extra edge required to win World Cup matches.
In the clash against Wales, a lack of maximum points was all their own undoing. In the clash against England, it was not for the want of trying and had Pulisic’s shot been just a couple of inches lower, he and his teammates would be topping the group.
Before Tuesday’s pair of Group B outings, it is the Iranian team who find themselves in second in the group table. With a single point advantage over the United States, they know that a tie will be enough to end their opponent’s adventure in the Middle East.
However, it would not necessarily mean that Iran qualify. If they tie and Wales do win by any score, it will mean Gareth Bale and his teammates would sneak through to the knockout stage on goal difference.
While after Iran were hit for six by England, many believed that they would continue to be the whipping boys. However, Carlos Queiroz’s side failed to read the script against Wales, and they will be confident of making further progress.
Admittedly Iran’s preparations for this match have not been ideal. Perhaps more so because their manager has shone needless spotlight on himself. After a war of words with former United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann, the press have seemingly forgotten about their recent 2-0 win.
Then again, Iran’s manager is very experienced within the world of soccer. This could be the ultimate form of gamesmanship. Put the pressure on his own shoulders and let the players do what they do best.
Were it not for an abundance of additional minutes on Friday, there is every chance that Iran would have only managed a goalless draw. Although a large majority have bemoaned FIFA’s new injury-time directive, there will be little complaints in places such as Tehran.
Now though, they find themselves just 90 minutes away from the Round of 16. The class of 1998 have already beaten the United States at the World Cup finals, now it is down to the class of 2022 to do so as well.
Projected Starting 11
As for team news, Iran will be unable to call upon Alireza Jahanbakhsh. The attacking midfielder picked up a second caution of the tournament on Friday and therefore, is ruled out through suspension.
While the USA boss Gregg Berhalter will have to decide who leads the line in attack. With Josh Sargent and Haji Wright each starting a group encounter, neither has managed to breach the opposition defence.
Not only that, but Berhalter must also work out how to fit Giovanni Reyna into his plans. The Borussia Dortmund forward has only appeared for 15 minutes thus far, and supporters are now clamouring for a full 90 on Tuesday.
Iran predicted lineup: H Hosseini; Rezaeian, M Hosseini, Pouraliganji, Mohammadi; Ali Gholizadeh, Nourollahi, Ezatolahi, Hajsafi; Taremi, Azmoun
USA predicted lineup: Turner; Dest, Zimmerman, Ream, Robinson; Adams, Musah, McKennie; Pulisic, Weah, Wright
Iran vs. USA Odds: Props To Considers
Christian Pulisic to score anytime:
Surely the United States star cannot go 270 minutes without scoring a World Cup goal? If that does prove to be the case, then an early exit from this year’s finals would arguably be deserved. However, there are 90 minutes to still open their account.
While the same can be said for Christian Pulisic and although the Chelsea forward has promised much, he has not quite had the rub of the green in Qatar. However, I do see Captain America finally doing the business in front of goal.
Should he break the deadlock against Iran, this will also tilt the in-play markets in terms of group qualification. Should Iran go ahead as mentioned above, a goal for Pulisic will be nothing more than a consolation.
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Match To End in a Draw ()
Although two successive ties have kept the United States above water, a third would see them sink out of Group B like a stone. Unfortunately for all involved, this is the exact outcome that I envisage happening.
Simply put, Iran do not have to go for the jugular. A win would be ideal for them and remove any doubt, a tie may also get them over the line. Should Carlos Quieroz’s men score first on Tuesday, you can expect the shutters to come down.
Something that this United States team cannot afford to happen. Especially as they are yet to score at this year’s tournament and even if they do finally get off the mark, it might not be enough to see them advance.