Black Friday is on the way. While Aunt Judy might be out on a hike looking for a discount DVD player (do they even still make that sort of stuff?), you’ll wake up to one more amazing World Cup football match.
Friday is big. The matchday that every American has been waiting for since the draw in April. On deck, a date with England on the biggest stage in the world. You cannot ask for anything more. For better or worse, this day will be remembered by the entire American football world for decades to come.
If your nerves can only handle that, I won’t hold it against you. But if you still want to put some money on the line, here are the stakes that intrigue me the most.
Feel free to jump on the bandwagon with me or get reminded how stupid my choices are. Either way, know your limits, enjoy and get ready for a great comeback of the World Cup.
Qatar is making a difference
Let’s get him out of the way. Qatar looked terrible on Sunday opening the tournament. The pressure of the whole country seemed too strong for the maroons. All this is true. It’s equally true that the books overreacted to this single game. This is still the same group that won the 2019 Asian Cup and advanced to the semi-finals of the 2021 Gold Cup. No host nation in the modern era has been able to score a single point. I expect the result to be more in line with those triumphs in the second game.
Senegal, as expected, struggled to find a breakthrough without its star man. A series of unequal half-moments is all that the Senegalese could count on in the game with the Netherlands.
I may end up regretting it, but the odds available for Qatar are too good to pass up. It really could end in a one-goal game anyway. By splitting the bet in two, I can take the lead with a draw while still chasing a higher payout with a win in Qatar.
- Qatar’s victory (+450) – 0.5 points
- Cathar Double Chance (+125) – 0.5 units.
The Netherlands and Ecuador have an exciting match
Both teams started the group stage with strong 2-0 wins. This match will probably decide who wins the group and I expect both sides to go for it. Each side has attackers who can make the other pay for the opportunity.
For me, this match screams 2-1 type of game. But hey, I’ve been wrong many times before. However, I like an equal chance of winning.
- Total goals over 2.5 (+100) – 1 unit.
America and England tied again
Twelve years ago, these two countries drew 1-1 at the 2010 World Cup. We can expect a re-performance.
England looked sharp in the attack against Iran, but the score was flattering. The Three Lions have many talents that will create problems for USMNT defenders, the weakest link on the list. There is at least one goal in this match for England. How much more they get may depend on Matt Turner’s goalkeeping performance.
The US goaltender didn’t play many minutes in 2022, but his ability to stop shots could close the expected gap between goals.
Ahead of Turner, this match suits this young American team. Over the past few years, they have played at their best when the match dragged on and turned into a shootout. This one has a good chance of turning into such a fling.
- Draw and both teams to score (+450) – 1 unit
As a bonus, I’m adding quick picks for all matches every day.
- Wales vs Iran Draw (+195)
- Qatar vs. Senegal Qatar (+480)
- Netherlands vs Ecuador Netherlands (-135)
- England – USA. Draw (+280)
Author: Chris IveyChris is a senior writer covering Nashville, South Carolina. His work includes his “Three Thoughts” article after each Nashville match, highlighting important storylines and including key video clips from the match. Chris’s other articles often talk about the difficulty of building a roster based on the many MLS roster rules. In addition to Broadway Sports Media, Chris lives in Knoxville and is a licensed lawyer working as in-house counsel for a major insurance company. In addition to NSC, he is always available to discuss Tennessee football and basketball, Manchester United, Coventry City and USMNT. Follow Chris on Mastodon