One of the most exciting times to bet on soccer is during World Cup Qualifying, and tonight Jamaica hosts Mexico in a match between the two bottom dwellers in CONCACAF's hexagonal.
In their three World Cup qualifying matches so far, neither team has been able to generate a win. The Mexicans have drawn every match so far, including a shock result when the Americans were able to snag a point from Azteca in their last go around. The Jamaicans have lost once while drawing a pair which now sees both teams trailing the rest of the pack.
These teams played each other in the first matchday of the hexagonal qualifying stage, where the Reggae Boyz staved off a Mexican attack to earn a valuable 0-0 result. To win here at home, Jamaica is listed by William Hill at odds of 5.50, while to win at both the 45 minute and 90 minute marks brings that up to a juicy 12.00.
The Jamaica win in the draw no bet selection (if the game is a tie you get your wager back) is listed at 4.00.
The weather forecast tonight in Kingston is calling for thunderstorms, which will leave a wet pitch but it won't be overly hot so I expect the Mexicans to be able to maintain a good pace.
The draw is listed at 3.75 and could crack given Mexico drawing all six of their matches in 2013 while the halftime/fulltime result for the draw/draw is at 5.00.
However, the Mexico win is heavily favoured by bettors and bookmakers alike, with the visitors being issued at 1.61 in the 1x2, while that value goes up to 4.00 in the draw/Mexico selection. That's enough value for me to put a wager on it. Those selecting El Tri will be praying that Chicharito and Co. will be able to finally solve the great play of Jamaican keeper Donovan Ricketts, who was brilliant in the prior match.
I expect the under 2.5 to crack but the odds of 1.65 are a bit disappointing. So instead, consider selecting that combined with the both teams not to score result which on a $10 bet would get you $26 and change.