With four teams separated by just two points and only the top three automatically qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, every point in 2022 Concacaf World Cup qualifying is critical with just six matches left. The USMNT is currently second in the Concacaf octagonal table but is only one point clear of Panama in fourth place, which would send them to the intercontinental playoff. Team USA will host El Salvador at Lower.com Field in Columbus on Thursday ahead of a critical matchup against first-place Canada on Sunday.
The United States can't afford to look past El Salvador, who played the USMNT to a 0-0 draw in El Salvador when qualifying began back in September. This time around, the United States is listed as the -700 (bet $700 to win $100) favorite on the 90-minute money line while El Salvador is the +1600 underdog in the USMNT vs. El Salvador odds from Caesars Sportsbook. A draw is priced at +490 and the over-under is 2.5 goals for the 7 p.m. ET kickoff. Before locking in any El Salvador vs. USMNT picks, you have to see what proven 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 well over $37,000 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 USMNT vs. El Salvador matchup and locked in his coveted picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see Green's picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for El Salvador vs. USA:
- USMNT vs. El Salvador spread: USA -1.5 (-180)
- USMNT vs. El Salvador over-under: 2.5 goals
- USMNT vs. El Salvador money line: USA -700, El Salvador +1600, Draw +490
- USA: The USMNT has 44 total shots in its past four Cup qualifying matches
- SLV: El Salvador has committed 63 fouls in its last four WCQ games
Why you should back the USMNT
After strong performances during the UEFA Nations League and the Concacaf Gold Cup last summer, the USMNT has been a little uneven during 2022 Concacaf World Cup qualifying. During the last international break, the Americans earned a thrilling victory over Mexico but then settled for a draw against Jamaica.
However, they're still in control of their own destiny from a qualification standpoint and three points here against El Salvador would set them up with a chance to take sole possession of first place against Canada on Sunday. Gregg Berhalter has two winnable home games in this window and then a pivotal matchup in Canada. And while he may save his best squad for Sunday, he should still have enough strength and depth to compete well against a seventh-place side on Thursday.
Why you should back El Salvador
El Salvador has let some opportunities slip away in qualifying so far, losing 2-1 to both Costa Rica and Panama after going up by a goal early. They have pulled off four draws in nine qualifying meetings with Team USA, including a 0-0 battle in their last matchup in September. El Salvador allowed just two shots on target and held the ball for 51 percent of that match. La Selecta has been strong on the back end, allowing more than one goal just once in its past five games.
Manager Hugo Perez is a former USMNT player, and he put together a solid plan for the last meeting. The squad features several U.S.-based players, including center back Ronald Rodriguez of the USL's FC Tulsa and likely partner Eriq Zavaleta, formerly of Toronto FC in MLS. Goalkeeper Mario Gonzalez can make acrobatic saves, and the attack is typically led by FC Tulsa's Joaquin Rivas. He had three goals in the Gold Cup but is scoreless in qualifying.
How to make USMNT vs. El Salvador picks
Green has taken an in-depth look at USA vs. El Salvador from every angle, and he is leaning under on the goal total. He also has three confident best bets, two of which offer plus-money payouts, and a full breakdown of the match. He's only sharing his El Salvador vs. USMNT predictions at SportsLine.
So who wins El Salvador vs. USA? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for USA vs. El Salvador, all from the proven soccer expert who has generated well over $37,000 for $100 bettors over the past four seasons, and find out.