Without a doubt, that helped attract more interest in betting in this 32-team international football match.
Let’s dive into one of the biggest games in USMNT history from a betting perspective.
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The British are coming…and so are the Americans
There’s no question about how big the bets are before 2 p.m. ET Friday. That’s when the United States Men’s National Team took to the field against the legend three lions skin. The big game can be watched on FOX or the FOX Sports App.
England are favorites -182 in three-way betting at Bet FOX, with the United States as the stronger +400 weaker team to win. At +275, the Draw has a better chance of happening than an outright US disappointment. But that won’t stop the flow of US money on Friday.
“This will be the most bet on football match in the history of US sports betting,” said BetMGM Vice President of Trading, Jason Scott.
Dylan Brossman, FOX Bet’s senior director of trading operations, says that while Team USA’s World Cup opener against Wales – a 1-1 draw – is well-considered, it pales in comparison. with Friday’s game.
“We are looking forward to the [action] Brossman said: “The match is clearly more engaging and will have a much higher TV viewership, thanks to more people staying at home on Friday.”
Timing is everything
The bookies certainly don’t mind two big upsets in the group stage. As noted above, Saudi Arabia – the weaker team +1200 at FOX Bet – shocked Argentina 2-1 on Tuesday, and on Wednesday the weaker +500 team Japan beat Germany with a score of 2-1.
However, both of those games were very early in the United States. The Saudi-Argentina match starts at 5 a.m. ET, so the match is over before most people roll out of bed. Japan-Germany starts at 8 a.m. ET and ends around 10 a.m
But Teams US and UK will kick off the festivities at 2pm ET/11am PT on Friday. Plus, it’s the day after Thanksgiving. Countless Americans have days off. Everyone will be dialing in and throwing a few dollars at this epic match.
“It’s perfectly scheduled for a good time of day and when most people aren’t working,” says Scott. “It’s going to be huge.”
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patriotic betting obligation
Scott expects the USMNT to do the bulk of the action and is certainly the trendy underdog for US bettors. In the triple bet at BetMGM, the US is currently eating 65% of the tickets and 55% of the money. This is almost four times the number of tickets and 1.5 times the UK amount, which is 17% tickets/34% cash. Draw for 18% tickets / 11% remaining money.
At the FOX Bet, the action is a little closer, although it is clearly still in favor of Team America, which is getting 54% tickets/56% money. UK at 32% tickets/40% money, and draw at 16% tickets/3% money.
And it’s only Wednesday. The volume of bets on this game will drop from 10 to 11 on Friday.
Rex Beyers, a veteran Vegas bookmaker and now head of betting at PlayUp USA, cannot stress enough how massive the action will be on Friday.
“I can’t see anything that would come close to topping this in a group stage game,” Beyers said. “Legalized markets will see an absolutely insane amount of money in this game. Anyone who watches this game will want to bet on it.
“It’s going to be bigger than anything we’ll see in football for a long time. It’s the perfect storm for it to be an absolutely monster game.”
When it comes to this tournament, I’m as patriotic as possible but also realistic. Getting a tie would be huge for the United States. So that’s where my #ChilisMoney is. Gimme tied at +310! Happy watching the game everyone.
Patrick Everson is a sports betting analyst for FOX Sports and a senior reporter for VegasInsider.com. He is a well-known journalist in the field of national sports betting. He lives in Las Vegas, where he enjoys playing golf in the 110-degree heat. Follow him on Twitter: @PatrickE_Vegas
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