USA favored over Trinidad and Tobago to wrap up CONCACAF qualifying
One point will likely be enough to clinch a berth in the 2018 FIFA World Cup when the United States closes out its CONCACAF qualifying schedule on Tuesday against Trinidad and Tobago as a heavy -280 betting favorite.
After a two-match winless streak put their World Cup hopes in doubt, the Americans gave themselves some breathing room with last week’s 4-0 win over Panama to claim sole possession of third place on the CONCACAF qualification table going into Tuesday night’s matchup at Ato Boldon Stadium.
With last week’s win over Los Canaleros as -196 chalk, the United States now holds a two-point lead over both Panama and Honduras in the race to avoid an international playoff. The Americans also hold substantial leads in goal differential, outpacing Panama by seven goals and the Hondurans by 12 goals.
Pegged as heavy +750 home underdogs, the Soca Warriors will be playing for pride in Tuesday’s contest. Trinidad and Tobago is winless in nine matches overall including six straight losses in CONCACAF qualifying in which it has tallied just three total goals. The Soca Warriors have also been held goalless in five meetings since last recording a win over the Americans in 2008, getting outscored 10-0 during an 0-1-4 run.
Panama will try to rebound from last week’s beating by the United States as a +577 underdog when they return home to face Costa Rica on Tuesday as a -145 favorite. Los Canaleros enter their date with the Ticos deadlocked in the hunt for an international playoff berth with Honduras, which owns an identical 2-4-3 qualifying record.
Panama remains five goals up on Los Catrachos in goal differential and can control its own destiny with a third straight clean sheet victory on home turf.
With 16 points in qualifying, Costa Rica has already punched its ticket to Russia 2018, but will be eager to close out its qualification schedule with its second win its past five matches across all competitions. The Ticos have produced mixed results against Panama, going 1-1-1 in their past three meetings, and were forced to settle for a scoreless draw as -185 chalk in their most recent qualifying matchup this past June.
Los Catrachos have a mountain to climb to keep their World Cup dream alive as they host Mexico on Tuesday as +135 home chalk. Honduras settled for draws in its past two qualifiers and faces an undefeated Mexican squad that is coming off a 3-1 win over the Soca Warriors as -600 chalk.