If the U.S. males’s nationwide workforce’s World Cup qualifying matches have been tense in September, the workforce has much more stress to ship in October’s three World Cup qualifiers, starting with Thursday’s match towards Jamaica. That’s as a result of this time the Americans can be taking part in two of the matches at house and the expectation is nothing lower than a full six factors in Austin and Columbus after drawing 1-1 towards Canada in Nashville final month.
Home factors are large in regional qualifying and the USA (third place, 5 factors) would be the heavy favourite on Thursday towards last-place Jamaica (eighth, 1 level), which may solely muster a attract its opening three matches in September. The Reggae Boyz can be determined to drag off the upset win to revive their World Cup qualifying hopes with solely the highest three locations assured a ticket to Qatar 2022 (fourth place advances to a play-in match).
Jamaica can be lacking a couple of starters for this one and their star ahead, West Ham’s Michail Antonio, didn’t journey. They’ve nonetheless proven they’re a troublesome workforce to interrupt down, particularly on the highway, as witnessed in their 1-1 tie in Costa Rica and their last-minute 2-1 loss in Mexico. The USA’s mantra for this camp is getting in behind defenses with early passes and breaking via the traces with good motion and fast, vertical passing sequences. We’ll see whether or not they will pull it off towards Jamaica.
The USA goes to should attempt to get outcomes with out two of their finest gamers in Christian Pulisic and Gio Reyna, who’re lacking due to damage. Weston McKennie, who was suspended and dismissed from camp in September after breaking COVID-19 protocols, is again and can be beginning. Valencia’s Yunus Musah, who’s now match once more, has additionally been cleared to rejoin team activities after following up an inconclusive PCR take a look at with a damaging one.
Head coach Gregg Berhalter nonetheless faces a number of huge selections as he navigates three video games in seven days: Does Matt Turner proceed to start out at goalkeeper over the now-fit-again Manchester City shotstopper Zack Steffen? Does teenage ahead Ricardo Pepi begin once more after starring within the final qualifier? Who replaces heart again John Brooks, who was a late scratch from the roster — Mark McKenzie or Chris Richards?
These two groups have already met twice this 12 months with the Americans successful each: a 4-1 pleasant win and 1-0 Gold Cup triumph.
How to observe USA vs. Jamaica
- Date: Thursday, Oct. 7
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- TV Channels: ESPN2
- Spanish-language TV: Univision, TUDN
- Streaming: fuboTV, ESPN+
The World Cup qualifier between the USA and Jamaica can be televised in English (ESPN2) and Spanish (Univision, TUDN). Those networks can be found to be streamed on fuboTV, which provides a free 7-day trial for new users.
The match can be held at a sold-out Q2 Stadium in Austin within the first USMNT match on the venue, which opened in June. The U.S. girls’s nationwide workforce performed the primary match on the venue.
USA vs. Jamaica: Lineups
It will create loads of dialogue if U.S. supervisor Gregg Berhalter opts for Zack Steffen over Matt Turner at goalkeeper. All expectations are that Chris Richards will get the beginning at heart again alongside Miles Robinson, and that Ricardo Pepi retains his beginning ahead function after final bursting onto the worldwide scene in Honduras. If Yunus Musah shouldn’t be thrown proper into the beginning XI after needing a follow-up COVID-19 take a look at, Kellyn Acosta or Sebastian Lletget would seemingly begin in central midfield.
USA projected beginning lineup (4-3-3, left to proper): Matt Turner-GK — Antonee Robinson, Chris Richards, Miles Robinson, Sergino Dest — Kellyn Acosta, Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie — Brenden Aaronson, Ricardo Pepi, Tim Weah
USA projected subs: Zack Steffen-GK, Sean Johnson-GK, Shaq Moore, DeAndre Yedlin, George Bello, Mark McKenzie, Walker Zimmerman, Gianluca Busio, Luca de la Torre, Sebastian Lletget, Cristian Roldan, Yunus Musah, Paul Arriola, Gyasi Zardes, Matthew Hoppe
The Reggae Boyz are shorthanded. According to native experiences, they are going to be lacking three England-based gamers due to damage (Brentford defender Ethan Pinnock, Reading defender Liam Moore and Preston North End midfielder Daniel Johnson), whereas West Ham’s Michail Antonio apparently pulled out after “a disagreement with the technical staff regarding his personal physiotherapist.” Jamoi Topey from native Jamaican aspect Cavalier FC was referred to as as much as exchange Pinnock.
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The lack of Antonio, who stayed again with West Ham, is particularly irritating for Jamaica provided that he’s been in robust kind within the Premier League and was anticipated to offer the Reggae Boyz an edge within the race for CONCACAF World Cup spots. But Jamaica continues to be optimistic: “We have enough quality in the squad to beat these Americans,” assistant coach Paul Hall told the Jamaica Observer.
Jamaica projected beginning lineup (4-4-2, left to proper): Andre Blake-GK — Kemar Lawrence, Damion Lowe, Adrian Mariappa, Alvas Powell — Junior Flemmings, Devon “Speedy” Williams, Jevaughn Watson, Andre Gray — Shamar Nicholson, Bobby Reid
Jamaica projected subs: Dillon Barnes-GK, Jeadine White-GK, Javain Brown, Oniel Fisher, Jamoi Topey, Tyreek Magee, Javon East, Jamal Lowe, Kemar Roofe
USA vs. Jamaica: Betting odds & prediction
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
Pick: USA -1.25 Asian Handicap (-140)
The USMNT is the overwhelming favourite to win the match and the one query is what number of targets the Americans will rating. The Jamaicans will play defense-first and after they’re on their sport and goalkeeper Andre Blake is having a blinder, they will stymie the most effective groups (see the opening match vs. Mexico). They’ve additionally capitulated in different matches.
Even with a decimated Jamaica squad, it’s finest to steer away from objective totals. Because the perimeters are unplayable, the main target turns to the spreads market. Seeking some insurance coverage in case Jamaica has one in all these video games, the really helpful play is the USA -1.25 Asian Handicap, which supplies you again half your guess if the USA solely wins by a objective.
Prediction: USA 3, Jamaica 1
- Moneyline: USA -330 / Draw +425 / Jamaica +750
- Spread: USA -1.5 (+100) / Jamaica +1.5 (-120)
- O/U 2.5 whole targets: Over -130 / Under +105
- Both Teams To Score: Yes +120 / No -160