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The young Americans are looking to make a statement on Thursday night when the United States faces Martinique in its second group-stage match at the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup in Kansas City. The USA lost to Mexico in the 2019 final and is trying to win the event for the seventh time. It opened this campaign with a routine 1-0 victory against Haiti, and a squad missing many of its star players wants to go bigger against Martinique. The Matinino opened the scoring Sunday against Canada, but the rust showed as the game wore on and the Canucks stormed to a 4-1 victory.

Kickoff from Children's Mercy Park is set for 9:30 p.m ET. The USA is the -4000 favorite (risk $4000 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in its latest USMNT vs. Martinique odds from William Hill Sportsbook. Martinique is the +5000 underdog, while the over-under for total goals scored is 3.5. Before making any Martinique vs. USA picks or Gold Cup 2021 predictions, you have to see what consummate soccer insider Martin Green has to say

After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been spot-on. Green has generated nearly $19,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season, and he has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.

Now, Green has taken a close look at the USA vs. Martinique matchup. You can head to SportsLine to see his expert Gold Cup picks. Here are the betting odds and trends for United States vs. Martinique:  

  • United States vs. Martinique: USA -3.5 (+120)
  • United States vs. Martinique over-under: 3.5 goals (over -145, under +115)
  • United States vs. Martinique money line: USA -4000, Martinique +5000, Draw +1000
  • USA: Gayasi Zardes is the top scorer on the roster with 12 goals in 57 games 
  • MAR: Stephane Aubul is tied for fifth on the nation's all-time list with nine goals

Why you should back United States

The Americans were not satisfied after a bland win against Haiti, but they did have opportunities. They held possession for 65 percent of the game and allowed just three shots on target while banging three of their own off the post. Now the USA faces a Martinique squad that had just two shots on goal and 35 percent possession against Canada. The young defenders rose to the occasion against Haiti and should have less trouble against the Matinino attack. Shaquell Moore, Miles Robinson and Sam Vines led the way, with Vines scoring the only goal.

The U.S. attack also should give the Martinique defense fits after Canada exposed its weaknesses. The flanks were particularly vulnerable, and Jonathan Lewis could find plenty of room to make plays. Gyasi Zardes, Daryl Dike and Sebastian Lletget are capable scorers and are eager to prove their worth with many of the team's stars absent. The Americans come in with confidence after beating rival Mexico to win the Concacaf Nations League last month. They are on a 9-1-1 run since the start of 2020, outscoring their opponents 35-8 over that span.    

Why you should back Martinique

The teams have met twice, in the 2003 and 2017 Gold Cups, and the Americans prevailed both times. But Martinique can look to the last encounter for some inspiration. The squad fought back from two goals down to equalize in the 74th minute before yielding the winner two minutes later. Martinique failed to advance in the 2019 Gold Cup but beat Cuba 3-0 before losing a fierce battle in the group-stage finale to Mexico. It qualified for this event with a second-place finish in its Nations League group in 2019, with its only loss coming to Honduras on an own goal.        

That Nations League event, in November 2019, was Martinique's most recent competition before Sunday's loss to Canada, and the rust showed. The experienced team should regroup and try to take advantage of a young American squad that is still finding its way. The core of the team has played together with local club teams, and seven players have at least 20 caps, so the cohesion should return. Samaritaine teammates Daniel Herelle and Karl Vitulin mesh well in the midfield, while striker Emmanuel Riviere has scored in consecutive games (19 months apart).

How to make United States vs. Martinique or 2021 Gold Cup picks

Green has taken an in-depth look at the USA vs. Martinique match from every angle, and he is leaning over on the goal total (3.5). He also has three strong best bets and complete analysis of this Gold Cup matchup. He's only sharing those picks at SportsLine.

So which picks should you make forMartinique vs. USA in Thursday's Gold Cup 2021 matchup? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for the United States vs. Martinique match, all from the soccer expert who has generated nearly $19,000 for $100 bettors over the past four seasons, and find out.