U.S. bettors backing USMNT as long shot to win World Cup

The United States men’s national team has a good chance of winning the World Cup in Qatar.

The US is 250-1 for so long, in the same range as Poland, in overseas sports betting. In states where patriotic bets stand, the USA is listed by Caesars Sportsbook at 100-1, with Brazil the favorites at 15-4, followed by Argentina at 5-1 and France at 13-2.

The high odds haven’t stopped Red-White-Blue fans from throwing more than a few bucks at the USMNT. At Caesars, more money was bet on the United States than on defending champions France.

The largest bet on the USA reported by Caesars last week came from a bettor in New York who risked $5,000 on the Americans at 100-1. The USMNT has the third highest money wagered overall on DraftKings odds to win the World Cup, behind only Argentina and Brazil.

“The US will always get the lion’s share of the action,” said Adam Pullen, deputy commercial director of Caesars Sportsbook. “But I don’t expect them to win.”

The larger action concerns the favorites Brazil and Argentina.

Argentina attracted the most money wagered on Caesar’s odds to win the tournament, while Brazil attracted the most bets. BetMGM reported that Brazil took $150,000 to win the tournament at odds of 4-1.

England’s Harry Kane is 8-1 favorites to win the Golden Boot, the honor bestowed on the tournament’s top scorer. France’s Kylian Mbappe is next at 9-1, followed by teammate Karim Benzema (11-1). Brazil’s Neymar and Argentina’s Lionel Messi are each 12-1, while Christian Pulisic has the best chance of winning the Golden Boot of any American at 125-1.

The USA open against Wales in a Group B game on Monday before taking on England and Iran. USA are listed as slight -120 favorites to advance through group play and reach the knockout rounds.

“I have a bad feeling they won’t make it through this group,” said Eric Biggio, trader for Caesars Sportsbook, in a company release.

Approximately 20.5 million American adults are expected to wager a total of $1.88 billion on the World Cup, according to American Gaming Association polling results released Tuesday.

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Emma Bowman

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