The US national team and Qatar face off on Thursday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET in the 2021 Gold Cup semifinals. The match will air on FS1 and take place in Austin, Texas.
USMNT struggled to find the back of the net in a 1-0 win over Jamaica in the quarterfinal, but ultimately leaned on its defense to pull through. The Americans will have to be strong at the back once again given Qatar’s goal-scoring prowess in the competition. Qatar has scored at least two goals in every game of the Cup so far, while USA has only allowed one goal. Something will give in this semifinal match.
Qatar vs. USA
Total goals: 2.5 (Over +105, Under -130)
Regular time ML pick: USA
Team to advance pick: USA
Best bet: Qatar under 0.5 goals (+130)
This is not the top American team, but the group has proven one thing; it can defend well. Qatar, on the other hand, has not been able to protect its goal with similar success. Expect USA to get on the board fairly early and then prevent Qatar from breaking its defense. At + odds, backing USMNT’s defense at this point seems like a safe bet.
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