World Cup qualifying odds, schedule

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Can the US men’s national team take a point in Mexico?

A tie Thursday night at the Azteca in Mexico City will go a long way in helping the USMNT qualify for the Worlds without worrying about the fourth-place playoff. The USMNT starts Thursday (10:00 p.m. ET, Paramount+) on 21 points, level on points with Mexico for second place in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying standings.

Canada is the big favorite to win the group with 25 points. The Canadians travel to Costa Rica on Thursday as Costa Rica is one point behind Panama in fourth place. Panama has 17 points and hosts Honduras on Thursday. Honduras was the weakest team in the group.

The top three teams in the group automatically qualify for the World Cup, while the fourth-placed team goes to a playoff with the winner from Oceania. The USMNT should finish in the top three with three points in their last three games — especially if any or all of those points come to Panama on Sunday in Orlando. USA can secure a place in the top three with a win over Panama, regardless of what Panama does in the other two qualifiers and as long as Costa Rica doesn’t score nine points in their last three games.

Panama is four points behind the United States. A USMNT win on Sunday and losses to Mexico and Costa Rica on March 30 put the U.S. at 24 points at the end of the qualifying cycle. Six points from Panama’s games against Honduras and Canada mean Panama finish with 23 points.

Simply put, the biggest game of the coming week takes place in Orlando on Sunday. That doesn’t mean the Mexico game is meaningless – it would do USMNT confidence a lot to take a point without Weston McKennie and Sergino Dest on the road, and a win makes qualifying with a draw against Panama a very good one good possibility – but it is also worth considering in connection with betting. If things pick up for the USMNT in the second half Thursday night, coach Gregg Berhalter could play to keep his key players fresh for Sunday when it really counts.

Here are the odds for Thursday’s CONCACAF qualifiers along with what you need to know about the last two qualifiers. We’ll also give you a glimpse of what you need to know if you’re looking to bet on other World Cup qualifiers around the world this week. As always, all odds are from BetMGM.

ST. PAUL, MN – FEBRUARY 02: The United States’ Christian Pulisic #10 celebrates after scoring a goal against Honduras during the second half of a World Cup Qualifying game at Allianz Field on February 2, 2022 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The USA defeated Honduras 3-0. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)

CONCACAF

ranking

(Last two opponents in brackets)

  1. Canada, 25 points (vs Jamaica, in Panama)

  2. United States, 21 (vs. Panama, in Costa Rica)

  3. Mexico, 21 (Honduras vs. El Salvador)

  4. Panama, 17 (in USA, v Canada)

  5. Costa Rica, 16 (in El Salvador, vs. USA)

  6. El Salvador, 9 (vs Costa Rica, near Mexico)

  7. Jamaica, 7 (with Canada, vs. Honduras)

  8. Honduras, 3 (vs Mexico, on Jamaica)

The games on Thursday

Jamaica vs. El Salvador (over/under 2.5 goals)

  • Jamaica (-110)

  • El Salvador (+333)

  • tie (+220)

Panama vs. Honduras (2.5)

  • Panama (-225)

  • Honduras (+600)

  • Tie (+320)

Mexico vs. United States (2.5)

  • Mexico (-115)

  • United States (+333)

  • tie (+220)

Costa Rica vs Canada

  • Costa Rica (+200)

  • Canada (+140)

  • Tie (+210)

Uefa

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has changed next week’s UEFA qualifying schedule.

Twelve teams were scheduled to play for three World Cup spots on March 24th and 29th. Both Russia and Ukraine were part of those 12 teams, believing the Russians had been kicked out of the competition. Poland, Russia’s opponents on March 24, has automatically secured a place in the Path B playoff championship against either Sweden or the Czech Republic.

Ukraine, meanwhile, play Scotland in Path A in June. The other way A semi-final between Wales and Austria is scheduled for Thursday. The winner of this game will play against the winner of the match between Ukraine and Scotland in June.

Route C, meanwhile, looks like the toughest group of the bunch. Italy plays North Macedonia on Thursday while Portugal plays Turkey. If the two marquee teams win, we get a game between Portugal and Italy to reach the World Cup on March 29th.

Here are the odds for the semifinals to be played on Thursday.

Italy vs North Macedonia (over/under 2.5 goals)

  • Italy (-550)

  • North Macedonia (+1450)

  • Tie (+600)

Wales vs. Austria (2.5)

  • Wales (+175)

  • Austria (+180)

  • tie (+195)

Sweden vs Czech Republic (2.5)

  • Sweden (+100)

  • Czech Republic (+300)

  • tie (+220)

Portugal vs. Turkey (2.5)

  • Portugal (-275)

  • Turkey (+700)

  • Tie (+400)

CONMEBOL

Two CONMEBOL qualifying rounds remain. The top four teams in the group of 10 advance to the World Championship while the fifth-place team advances to a playoff.

Three teams are guaranteed at least one playoff. Brazil (39 points) and Argentina (35) are definitely in the World Cup and have to play a catch-up game against each other. Ecuador (25 points) is guaranteed at least one playoff spot.

Uruguay is currently fourth with 22 points, while Peru (21) is fifth. Chile is just outside the top 5 with 19 points.

Uruguay and Chile play each other on Tuesday while Ecuador host Argentina.

ranking

  1. Brazil, 39 points

  2. Argentina, 35

  3. Ecuador, 25

  4. Uruguay, 22

  5. Peru, 21

  6. Chile, 19

  7. Colombia, 17

  8. Bolivia, 15

  9. Paraguay, 13

  10. Venezuela, 10

The games on Friday

Paraguay vs. Ecuador (over/under 2.5 goals)

  • Paraguay (+230)

  • Ecuador (+135)

  • Tie (+190)

Brazil vs. Chile (2.5)

  • Brazil (-250)

  • Chile (+625)

  • tie (+340)

Colombia vs. Bolivia (2.5)

  • Colombia (-900)

  • Bolivia (+2200)

  • Tie (+850)

Uruguay vs Peru (1.5)

  • Uruguay (-165)

  • Peru (+675)

  • tie (+220)

Argentina vs Venezuela (2.5)

  • Argentina (-550)

  • Venezuela (+1500)

  • tie (+575)

AFC

Iran and South Korea have already reached World Cup qualification via Group A, while third place in the group is up for grabs. The No. 3 team in the group will play against the No. 3 team in Group B in a qualifying playoff.

In Group B, Saudi Arabia (19 points), Japan (18) and Australia have secured at least a playoff spot as Oman sit fourth with eight points. But the first two places in the group are still up for grabs. Saudi Arabia plays Australia on Tuesday while Japan plays Australia on Thursday.

Australia vs. Japan (over/under 2.5 goals)

  • Australia (+150)

  • Japan (+180)

  • Tie (+210)

South Korea vs. Iran (1.5)

  • South Korea (-105)

  • Iran (+320)

  • Tie (+210)

Vietnam vs Oman (2.5)

  • Viet Nam (+190)

  • Oman (+135)

  • tie (+230)

Lebanon vs. Syria (2.5)

  • Lebanon (+120)

  • Syria (+230)

  • Tie (+210)

China vs. Saudi Arabia (2.5)

  • China (+675)

  • Saudi Arabia (-225)

  • Tie (+300)

Iraq vs. United Arab Emirates (1.5)

  • Iraq (+150)

  • United Arab Emirates (+185)

  • Tie (+210)

CAF

Africa’s World Cup qualifiers begin with 10 groups of four teams. The 10 winners of these groups will then be drawn into five two-legged matchups. The winners of those five encounters are the continent’s five representatives at the 2022 World Cup. One of the matchups is Egypt vs. Senegal – that was the title match at the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year.

The first leg of the matchups will take place on Friday and the second on Tuesday.

  • Egypt vs Senegal

  • Cameroon vs. Algeria

  • Ghana vs Nigeria

  • DR Congo vs. Morocco

  • Mali vs Tunisia



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