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World Cup Qualifying Betting Preview: USA vs. Panama

World Cup Qualifying Betting Preview: USA vs. Panama

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After a wild finish in Kingston that saw the Americans leave with a 2-1 win, they now head back home to face an undefeated Panama side that is coming off a draw with Mexico.

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Last Friday, the Americans pounded out a full three points from a thrilling 2-1 finish in Jamaica that saw them jump into a three-way tie for first in CONCACAF qualifying.

Tonight, they'll play in front of a very loud and pro-American crowd at Seattle, the noisiest stadium north of Mexico. Jurgen Klinsmann will be keen on earning full points that would see his squad earn a little breathing space, and right now the Americans are favoured at William Hill with odds of 1.44 in the 1x2 market. The halftime/fulltime result for the U.S. brings that up to 2.10, while the draw/US result is the best value of that series at 4.20.

The draw is at 4.00, and considering Panama has drawn three of its four games -- including a bore 0-0 result with Mexico on Friday -- it isn't that far of a stretch. The odds are higher here than I would've expected.

The Panama +1 handicap with a draw result comes in at 3.30, meaning if the U.S. wins by one, that bet hits. Not a single match featuring the Central Americans has been separated by more than a goal.

To cause the upset tonight, you can have odds of 8.00 for Panama which, again, is higher than expected. This means a lot of bettors are laying heavy on the U.S. tonight.

The over 2.5 is slated at 2.15, and despite both teams producing low-scoring games so far in qualifying, if Jozy Altidore or Clint Dempsey get hot early on, it could be a decent pick. The both teams to score is at 2.37.