||Some big predictions have been made about USA in the past and it was expected that following the 1994 World Cup, which they hosted, they'd be strong contenders to win a World Cup by now. That isn't reflected in their outright odds here or their previous performances where they have been eliminated at the group stage more often than not. They have some good players and are a solid team but often lack the technical ability of some of their opponents.
Top World Cup Bets on USA
Here are the best bets available on USA at the 2014 World Cup:
- USA to fail to qualify from Group ?
- USA to finish 3rd in Group ?
- USA to gain 4 points in Group ?
- USA to score 4-5 goals in Group ?
- Clint Dempsey to be USA's top scorer.
USA World Cup Fixtures
|16/06/2014||Ghana|| v ||USA|
USA Road To World Cup
USA have a good record of qualification for the World Cup as they go through the North/Central American and Caribbean section which is one of the weaker qualifying sections.
|09/06/2012||USA||3-1 (2-0)||Antigua and Barbuda|
|13/10/2012||Antigua and Barbuda||1-2 (1-1)||USA|
|23/03/2013||USA||1-0 (1-0)||Costa Rica|
|07/09/2013||Costa Rica||3-1 (2-1)||USA|
USA won more World Cup qualification matches than any other team in their qualifying section for which they deserve credit but their record was only equal to that of Mexico so it shouldn't be considered too special.
USA World Cup Squad
This is the predicted 23 man USA World Cup 2014 squad.
|Defender||Steve Cherundolo, Jay Demerit, Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein|
|Midfield||Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Ricardo A. Clark, Landon Donovan|
|Offense||Jozy Altidore, Robbie Findley|
USA Player Stats From World Cup Qualifying
These are the goalscoring stats from USA’s World Cup Qualifying campaign. Use these to pick the best goalscorer bets in all of USA’s World Cup matches.
|Player||Apps (Sub)||Goals||Games Scored In||First Goals||Last Goals||Hat Tricks||Penalty|
|Clint Dempsey||13 (0)||8||7||4||2||0||2|
|Jozy Altidore||11 (2)||4||4||3||2||0||0|
|Eddie Johnson||10 (4)||4||3||2||2||0||0|
|Herculez Gomez||7 (0)||2||2||1||2||0||0|
|Graham Zusi||10 (2)||2||2||1||1||0||0|
|Carlos Bocanegra||4 (0)||2||2||1||0||0||0|
|Michael Orozco||1 (0)||1||1||0||0||0||0|
|Landon Donovan||5 (0)||1||1||0||1||0||0|
|Brad Evans||4 (0)||1||1||0||1||0||0|
|Aron Johannsson||2 (1)||1||1||0||0||0||0|
All stats reflect bookies rules for own goals and 90 mins play in their respective markets.
Clint Dempsey has been considered a huge star for USA for some time and he backed that reputation up with his performances in qualifying when scoring twice as many goals as the next best player. He should remain USA's most potent player as they don't have a great traditional striker. His goals were very evenly spread out over seven games so he looks a strong anytime scorer bet when USA are expected to score. He narrowly scored more first goals than any other player but was tied at the top of the last scorers list with three other players so shouldn't be considered a particularly strong last goalscorer bet.
USA Players' Disciplinary Stats
Check USA's yellow and red card stats below to help highlight the best bets in the cards markets for USA's World Cup matches.
|Player||Apps (Sub)||Yellow Cards||First Yellow Card Of Game||Red Cards|
|Clarence Goodson||6 (0)||2||2||0|
|DaMarcus Beasley||7 (0)||1||1||0|
|Alejandro Bedoya||2 (0)||1||1||0|
|Graham Zusi||10 (2)||1||1||0|
|Brad Evans||4 (0)||1||0||0|
|Geoff Cameron||12 (2)||1||0||0|
|Landon Donovan||5 (0)||1||0||0|
|Jermaine Jones||11 (0)||1||0||0|
|Brad Davis||3 (2)||1||0||0|
|Matt Besler||6 (0)||2||0||0|
USA's style is all about hustle and bustle so it is not uncommon for them to pick up plenty of bookings. The worst offender was Jermaine Jones and the all action midfielder could once again be the man who picks up most bookings for USA, this time at the finals.
USA Team Stats From World Cup 2014 Qualifying
USA's team stats can be found below, these stats can be applied to a multitude of match markets during the World Cup.
|-||Goal Stats||-||Results Stats|
|Games||16||No. Of Games||6|
|Goals||26||No. Of Games Won||5|
|Conceded||14||No. Of Games Drawn||0|
|First Goals||12||No. Of Games Lost||1|
|Last Goals||11||No. Of Games Winning At Half Time||1|
|Over 1.5 / 2.5 / 3.5||12 / 8 / 4||No. Of Games Drawing At Half Time||3|
|Under 1.5 / 2.5 / 3.5||4 / 8 / 12||No. Of Games Losing At Half Time||2|
|Clean Sheets||7||No. Of Games Team Won Both Halves||1|
|First Half Clean Sheets||10||No. Of Games Won To Nil||4|
|Second Half Clean Sheets||9||-||-|
|First Half Goals||13||-||-|
|Second Half Goals||13||-||-|
|Team Scored In Both Halves||4||-||-|
|Games Both Teams Scored||9||-||-|
USA don't score a huge amount of goals, six teams in the same qualifying section scored more. There goals were evenly spread out and against better teams at the World Cup finals there should be fewer goals so don't expect too many high scoring USA matches, if there is a winner in their matches it may well be a narrow winner.
USA Recent World Cup Performances
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