If the U.S. males’s nationwide staff’s World Cup training suits simmered in September, the staff possesses much more stress to supply in October’s 3 World Cup qualifiers, starting with Thursday’s suit versus Jamaica. That’s given that this time around the Americans will be actually participating in 2 of the suits at home and the desire is absolutely nothing much less than a complete 6 aspects in Austin and Columbus after attracting 1-1 versus Canada in Nashville final month.
Home aspects are major in local training and the USA (3rd area, 5 aspects) will be actually the hefty fave on Thursday versus last-place Jamaica (8th, 1 factor), which might simply round up a pull in its own opening up 3 suits in September. The Reggae Boyz will be actually hopeless to manage the distressed succeed to rejuvenate their World Cup training chances with simply the leading 3 locations promised a ticket to Qatar 2022 (4th area breakthroughs to a play-in complement).
Jamaica will be actually overlooking a handful of beginners for this and their celebrity onward, West Ham’s Michail Antonio, performed certainly not journey. They’ve still revealed they’re a challenging staff to malfunction, specifically when driving, as experienced in their 1-1 incorporate Costa Rica and their late 2-1 reduction in Mexico. The USA’s concept for this camping ground is getting inside responsible for defenses with very early elapseds and appearing free throw lines with clever action and easy, upright passing series. We’ll find whether they can easily take it off versus Jamaica.
The USA is going to must make an effort to acquire outcomes without 2 of their best gamers in Christian Pulisic and Gio Reyna, that are overlooking due to trauma. Weston McKennie, that was actually put on hold and put away coming from camping ground in September after cracking COVID-19 procedures, is back and will be actually beginning. Valencia’s Yunus Musah, that’s now fit again, has also been cleared to rejoin team activities after following up an inconclusive PCR test with a negative one.
Head coach Gregg Berhalter still faces a host of big decisions as he navigates three games in seven days: Does Matt Turner continue to start at goalkeeper over the now-fit-again Manchester City shotstopper Zack Steffen? Does teenage forward Ricardo Pepi start again after starring in the last qualifier? Who replaces center back John Brooks, who was a late scratch from the roster — Mark McKenzie or Chris Richards?
These two teams have already met twice this year with the Americans winning both: a 4-1 friendly win and 1-0 Gold Cup triumph.
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How to watch 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 will be televised in English (ESPN2) and Spanish (Univision, TUDN). Those networks are available to be streamed on fuboTV, which offers a free 7-day trial for new users.
The match will be held at a sold-out Q2 Stadium in Austin in the first USMNT match at the venue, which opened in June. The U.S. women’s national team played the first match at the venue.
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USA vs. Jamaica: Lineups
It will create plenty of discussion if U.S. manager Gregg Berhalter opts for Zack Steffen over Matt Turner at goalkeeper. All expectations are that Chris Richards gets the start at center back alongside Miles Robinson, and that Ricardo Pepi retains his starting forward role after last bursting onto the international scene in Honduras. If Yunus Musah is not thrown right into the starting XI after needing a follow-up COVID-19 test, Kellyn Acosta or Sebastian Lletget would likely start in central midfield.
USA projected starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 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 local reports, they will be missing three England-based players because of injury (Brentford defender Ethan Pinnock, Reading defender Liam Moore and Preston North End midfielder Daniel Johnson), while West Ham’s Michail Antonio apparently pulled out after “a disagreement with the technical staff regarding his personal physiotherapist.” Jamoi Topey from local Jamaican side Cavalier FC was called up to replace Pinnock.
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The loss of Antonio, who stayed back with West Ham, is especially frustrating for Jamaica given that he’s been actually in strong form in the Premier League and was expected to give the Reggae Boyz an edge in the race for CONCACAF World Cup spots. But Jamaica is still optimistic: “We have enough quality in the squad to beat these Americans,” assistant trainer Paul Hall told the Jamaica Observer.
Jamaica projected starting lineup (4-4-2, left to right): 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 favorite to win the match and the only question is how many goals the Americans will score. The Jamaicans will play defense-first and when they’re on their game and goalkeeper Andre Blake is having a blinder, they can stymie the best teams (see the opening match vs. Mexico). They’ve also capitulated in other matches.
Even with a decimated Jamaica squad, it’s best to steer away from goal totals. Because the sides are unplayable, the focus turns to the spreads market. Seeking some insurance in case Jamaica has one of those activities, the recommended play is the USA -1.25 Asian Handicap, which gives you back half your bet if the USA only wins by a goal.
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 total objectives: Over -130 / Under +105
- Both Teams To Score: Yes +120 / No -160