The United States Men’s National Team battles the Serbia Men’s National Team Wednesday in Los Angeles. Kickoff from BMO Stadium is set for 10 p.m. ET (HBO Max). Below, we preview Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the USA vs. Serbia odds, and make our best soccer bets, picks and predictions.
The USMNT won’t have many familiar faces as this call-up roster seems more primed to showcase the next group of talent for the USA. As many as 13 players could make their 1st cap for the USA, including FC Cincinnati F Brandon Vazquez and America F Alejandro Zendejas. This will be the 1st action for the USMNT since it lost to the Netherlands in the Round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup.
The Serbian national team didn’t escape the group sage of the World Cup, but they did make the 32-team tournament which says enough about their quality. They only managed 1 point in their 3 games, a 3-3 draw with Cameroon. Serbia sits 21st in the world according to FIFA’s worl rankings while the USA is 13th.
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USA vs. Serbia odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 3:39 p.m. ET.
- Moneyline: USA -160 (bet $160 to win $100) | Serbia +440 (bet $100 to win $440) | Draw +290
- Over/Under: 2.5 (O: -108 | U: -122)
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USA vs. Serbia picks and predictions
USA 1, Serbia 0
LEAN USA (-160).
The value isn’t necessarily here to make this a full-unit play, but the USMNT is bringing some talented players to take on what should be Serbia’s 2nd-string team. Both countries will feature young, promising talent.
The USMNT will feature some consistent names though, especially in the defensive side with M Kellyn Acosta and D Walker Zimmerman at camp. With several forwards likely getting time and making their first start, especially the highly-anticipated first cap for Zendejas, the forwards could struggle to find much comradery.
Nonetheless, there isn’t much impressive about this Serbian roster, and I’d back the USMNT here to hold them without a goal.
BET UNDER 2.5 (-122).
Given the turnover from the World Cup rosters for both teams, it doesn’t make much sense to use those performances to justify betting the Under.
At the same time, that helps justify it as the USMNT has 13 players making their 1st cap which could bode poorly for stringing together qualify attacking sets. The drama surrounding the USMNT and management could also bring unneeded distractions to the club.
None of Serbia’s players were on their World Cup roster with 3 MLS players highlighting the roster. The talent won’t be there to consistently get through what should be a strong USMNT defense.
Considering all the new talent being put together on short notice, back the UNDER 2.5 (-122).
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