FOX sports betting analyst
The World Cup odds have already produced wild results in just the first two days of the tournament, with Argentina falling to Saudi Arabia and Japan knocking out Germany.
This has certainly helped spark even more betting interest in this 32-team international football clash.
But just wait until Friday. When the USA takes on England, instead of “all bets are off,” it will be “all bets are on.”
Let’s dive into one of the biggest games in USMNT history from a betting perspective.
United States vs. Outstanding Wales
The United States and Wales battled to a 1-1 draw at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
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The British are coming… and so are the Americans
There’s just no avoiding the betting volume at 2 pm ET on Friday. That’s when the US Men’s National Team takes the field against the legendary three lions dress The big game can be watched on FOX or on the FOX Sports app.
England are a solid -182 favorite in the three-way betting at FOX Bet, with the USA a solid +400 underdog to win. At +275, the draw has better odds than an outright upset in the US. But that won’t stop US cash from flowing on Friday.
“This will be the highest-stakes football game in US sports betting history,” said BetMGM Vice President of Trading, Jason Scott.
Dylan Brossman, senior director of commercial operations at FOX Bet, said that while there was good interest in Team USA’s World Cup opener against Wales, a 1-1 draw, it pales in comparison to Friday’s game.
“We are waiting for the [action] England vs. USA will be about two to three times bigger than the USA vs. Wales opener,” said Brossman. “The game is clearly more attractive and should have a much higher TV audience, thanks to more people at home on Friday.”
United States vs. England (2 p.m. ET Friday, November 25, FOX and FOX Sports app)
England: -182 (bet $10 to win $15.49 total)
USA: +400 (bet $10 to win $50 total)
Lucky draw: +275 (bet $10 to win $33.50 total)
Over/under total goals — 2.5
More than: -133 (bet $10 to win $17.52 total)
Under: -111 (bet $10 to win $19.01 total)
More USA vs England betting at FOX Bet
Timing is everything
The bookmakers certainly didn’t care about two major upsets at the start of the group stage. As noted above, Saudi Arabia, a +1200 underdog at FOX Bet, stunned Argentina 2-1 on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, +500 underdog Japan beat Germany 2-1 .
However, both of these games were very early adopters here in the United States. Saudi Arabia-Argentina was a 5 a.m. ET kickoff, so it was over before most people got out of bed. Japan-Germany was at 8am ET and ended around 10am. m
But Team USA and England will kick off the festivities on Friday at 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT. Also, it’s the day after Thanksgiving. A lot of Americans have the day off. Everyone will tick and spend a few bucks on this epic showdown.
“It’s perfectly timed at a good time of day and when most people aren’t working,” Scott said. “It’s going to be huge.”
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Patriotic betting duty
Scott expects the USMNT to get most of the action and certainly be a fashionable underdog for American punters. In three-way betting at BetMGM, the US is currently taking 65% of the entries and 55% of the money. That’s almost four times as many tickets and 1.5 times as much money as England, which is 17% tickets/34% cash. The Lottery takes the other 18% of the tickets/11% of the money.
At FOX Bet, the action is a little closer, although it still clearly favors Team USA, which is taking 54% of the tickets/56% of the money. England are at 32% of tickets/40% of money, and the draw is at 16% of tickets/3% of money.
And it’s only Wednesday. Betting volume on this game will stop until 10 and until 11 on Friday.
Rex Beyers, a veteran Las Vegas bookmaker and now Head of Bookmaking at PlayUp USA, couldn’t stress enough how huge the action will be on Friday.
“I don’t see anything coming close to beating that in a group stage game,” Beyers said. “The legalized markets will see an absolutely insane amount of money in this game. Anyone who sees this game will want to bet on it.
“It’s going to be bigger than anything we’re going to see in football for a long time. It’s the perfect storm for it to be an absolutely monstrous handling game.”
When it comes to this tournament, I’m as patriotic as can be while also being realistic. Getting a draw would be very important for the United States. So that’s where my #ChilisMoney is. Give me the draw at +310! Enjoy the game, everyone.
Patrick Everson is a sports betting analyst for FOX Sports and a senior reporter for VegasInsider.com. He is a distinguished journalist in the national sports betting space. He is based in Las Vegas, where he enjoys playing golf in 110-degree heat. Follow him on Twitter: @PatrickE_Vegas
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