North America’s biggest rivalry returns and the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) has a chilly reception planned for Mexico in the next round of World Cup Qualifying.
The match kicks off at 8 p.m. Friday in Cincinnati. Forecasters expect highs in the mid-50s at the end of the workweek. But, temperatures could be closer to 40 when the match gets underway. Weather can shift the odds.
The most popular sportsbooks in Iowa now give the US a slight edge in the contest. Market experts also think a draw is a plausible outcome. The line has moved toward the USMNT all week.
Betfred Sportsbook in Iowa has a promotion in place for the rivalry match or the 4 p.m. US at Jamacia World Cup Qualifying match Tuesday. Wager $25 or more on weekday soccer and Betfred will throw in $5 of promo cash. New customers can access a larger Betfred offer as well.
Mexico vs. US World Cup qualifying odds
Sportsbook USA Draw Mexico
DraftKings Sportsbook +165 +195 +180
Caesars Sportsbook +163 +180 +175
FanDuel Sportsbook +170 +195 +190
BetMGM Sportsbook +170 +200 +165
Betfred Sports +175 +205 +180
PointsBet Sportsbook +170 +190 +180
Betway Sportsbook +165 +200 +180
Elite Sportsbook and
Bally Bet Sportsbook
+190 +190 +165
BetRivers Sportsbook and
+170 +188 +170
ESPN2 has the big Mexico at USA matchup. Tuesday’s USMNT match at Jamacia will be streamed on the CBS subscriber platform Paramount+. Universo may be a channel option in Iowa for Tuesday’s match, but the commentary will be in Spanish.
The Friday and Tuesday matches are the last CONCACAF (North America, Central America and the Caribbean) qualifying events of 2021. The next set of three matches take place right before fans get ready to bet on the Super Bowl. The final set of three qualifiers begin as fans bet on March Madness later rounds and the Final Four.
Current CONCACAF standings
Team USA can catch Mexico at the top of the CONCACAF table with a victory. Teams get three points for every win and one point for a draw. Goal differentials break any ties in the standings table. After six matches (win-draw-loss):
- Mexico (4-2-0) — 14 points
- US (3-2-1) — 11 points
- Canada (2-4-0) — 10 points
- Panama (2-2-2) — 8 points
- Costa Rica (1-3-2) — 6 points
- Jamaica (1-2-3) — 5 points
- El Salvador (1-2-3) — 5 points
- Honduras (0-3-3) — 3 points
How CONCACAF World Cup qualifying works
The Mexico vs. US match will draw more casual fans and bettors, so some World Cup background may help.
- The eight remaining CONCACAF teams play each other twice over seven months for a total of 14 matches.
- FIFA gives three of its 32 World Cup spots to the CONCACAF region.
- FIFA will then pair CONCACAF’s fourth-place team with a fourth-place team from Asia, the South Pacific or South America. The winner of that head-to-head pairing earns a World Cup spot as well.
Professional soccer leagues worldwide coordinate breaks in their season schedules to give the world’s best players a chance to play for their country.
The World Cup is usually a summer event but Qatar is the host country in 2022. The heat would be too oppressive during conventional dates, so the World Cup will overlap with football season next year. Dates are Nov. 21 to Dec. 18.
CONCACAF World Cup qualifying schedule
Friday, Nov. 12
- 7:05 p.m. — Panama at Honduras
- 8:05 p.m. — Costa Rica at Canada
- 8:10 p.m. — Mexico at US in Cincinnati (ESPN2)
- 9 p.m. — Jamaica at El Salvador
Tuesday, Nov. 16
- 4 p.m. — US at Jamaica (Paramount+ and Universo)
- 7:05 p.m. — Honduras at Costa Rica
- 8:05 p.m. — Mexico at Canada
- 8:05 p.m. — El Salvador at Panama
Thursday, Jan. 27 (Times TBA)
- Panama at Costa Rica
- Canada at Honduras
- Mexico at Jamaica
- El Salvador at US
Sunday, Jan. 30
- US at Canada
- El Salvador at Honduras
- Costa Rica at Mexico
- Jamaica at Panama
Wednesday, Feb. 2
- Canada at El Salvador
- Costa Rica at Jamaica
- Panama at Mexico
- Honduras at US
Thursday, March 24
- Canada at Costa Rica
- El Salvador at Jamaica
- US at Mexico
- Honduras at Panama
Sunday, March 27
- Jamaica at Canada
- Costa Rica at El Salvador
- Mexico at Honduras
- Panama at US
Wednesday, March 30
- US at Costa Rica
- Honduras at Jamacia
- El Salvador at Mexico
- Canada at Panama