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USA vs Jamaica Odds & Prediction – CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying

Paul Attfield

by Paul Attfield in Soccer News

Updated Oct 7, 2021 · 7:07 AM PDT

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United States' Ricardo Pepi, (14) celebrates scoring his side's second goal against Honduras during a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
  • Unbeaten United States hosts last-place Jamaica on Thursday, October 7th in CONCACAF World Cup qualifier
  • Match will begin latest round of games, with teams playing three games in seven days
  • Read on for betting odds, a full preview and the best bet for this CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match

While it can be argued that the United States sputtered in their first two qualifying games before finally bursting into life in the second half of its 4-1 over Honduras last time out, Jamaica has yet to get out of first gear. With a number of players unable to leave their club teams in Britain to travel to certain countries in the region because of COVID-19, the Reggae Boyz had to make do and fell to one draw and two defeats in their first pair of games as a result.

Sitting in last place in the final octagonal World Cup qualifying group, Jamaica now travels to Austin, Texas, to meet the United States for the first time since last summer’s Gold Cup quarterfinal, which was also held in Texas. The US won 1-0 on that occasion.

United States vs Jamaica Odds

Matchup Spread Moneyline Total
USA vs Jamaica USA -1.5 (+100) | JAM +1  (-120) USA -340 | JAM +800
DRAW +425
Ov 2.5 (-125) | Un 2.5 (+100)

Odds as of October 7th at DraftKings

USA Leans On Pepi Rally

Down 0-1 at halftime against Honduras and looking down the barrel of a third straight qualifying game without a win, the US turned the game and possibly its campaign around in the second half on the boot of debutant Ricardo Pepi.


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The FC Dallas striker assisted on two goals and scored the winner in the 4-1 win, and with a host of European clubs chasing his signature, Pepi will enter his second appearance for the US national team riding high.

For a team that had only scored one goal in 228 minutes before Antonee Robinson broke through against Honduras, the boost of offense that Pepi provides could hardly come at a better time for Gregg Berhalter’s men.

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You Again!

The United States and Jamaica will be meeting for the third time already this year when they lock horns on Thursday evening. The Stars and Stripes won 4-1 in a friendly back in March, played in Austria of all places, before the US took a late 1-0 win in their Gold Cup quarterfinal, courtesy of Matthew Hoppe’s 83rd-minute goal.

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However, the US has never lost to Jamaica at home in World Cup qualifying, going 4-0-2 against the Reggae Boyz over the years, and going 5-1-6 in total in World Cup qualifying. In this, their 30th ever meeting, the US holds an 18-3-8 all-time record.

Jamaica In Tough

The Reggae Boyz were facing a tough mountain to climb in their opening three games. Eight of the team’s players currently ply their trade in England, and as a result of the coronavirus travel rules, were unable to fly to away games in Mexico and Costa Rica.


Chief among those missing will be the Premier League’s third-leading scorer, West Ham striker Michail Antonio, who, despite still awaiting his first goal for Jamaica, announced that he would not be making the trip to play for his parents’ birth country. In addition, the other EPL-based Jamaica player, Leon Bailey of Aston Villa, will miss this game through injury.

To make matters worse, Jamaica has conceded the first goal in the last six games that it has played in all competitions.

USA vs Jamaica World Cup Qualifying Stats

1-0-2 Record 0-2-1
5 Goals For 2
2 Goals Against 6

American Absences

The USA will also be missing a handful of regulars. Christian Pulisic, Giovanni Reyna and defender John Brooks are all out with injuries, while Tim Ream has withdrawn due to family reasons.

But at least head coach Gregg Berhalter will have some consistency brought over from the last World Cup games in September, with 17 of his squad having also featured in that camp. That includes Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie, who was sent home from the last camp after breaking COVID protocol.

Best bet: USA -1.5 (+100)


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