iBet: USA the pick in front of their fans

Gareth Purnell

Concacaf Gold Cup, USA, starts Sunday

Back USA at 11/8

This tournament starts on Sunday and the stats tell us that it’s been dominated by two teams. Mexico (6/5) have six wins, a third place and three quarter finals from 11, while the USA (11/8) have won four times and have made the semi finals in ten of the 11 runnings since its introduction in 1991. However, the betting might not fully have taken into account Mexico’s selection policy – they have chosen to send a virtual B team with none of the squad who have been playing in their recent World Cup qualifiers of the Confederations Cup travelling. Their first team are making pretty heavy weather of qualifying for Brazil 2014 anyway, and the pick has to be the States. It’s true that manager Jurgen Klinsmann won’t have most of his European based players available, as they are back in training for their clubs. However, they still look stronger on paper with the likes of Donovan, Holden, McInerny and Onyewu all available and they have been impressive in World Cup qualifying lately with four wins from six in topping their group and standing five points clear of Mexico with the same number of games played. In front of their own fans, the USA are the bet.

In the men’s tournament at Wimbledon Novak Djokovic is 5/1 to maintain a perfect record by winning the title without losing a set and Andy Murray 6/1 in the same market. It’s 2/5 that they meet in the final with a Djokovic/Janowicz final 7/1, a Murray/Del Potro final 12/1 and a Ferrer/Murray final 14/1.

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