class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Despite missing some of their biggest names, Al Hain-Cole is backing the Stars and Stripes to begin their Gold Cup campaign with a big win in Kansas
USA will be hoping to get their Gold Cup campaign off to a winning start when they take on Haiti in Kansas City on Sunday.
The Stars and Stripes are fresh from winning the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League, beating Mexico 3-2 after extra time in last month’s final.
USA vs Haiti latest odds
Unbeaten in their last five matches against this opposition, the USMNT are 1/5 (1.20) favourites with bet365 to get up and running with a victory at Children’s Mercy Park.
Jean Jacques Pierre’s Haiti qualified for this competition after beating St Vincent and the Grenadines 6-1 and Bermuda 4-1 but are 11/1 (12.00) outsiders to pull off a shock victory here.
Two of the last three meetings between this duo have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 17/4 (5.75) on them cancelling each other out once again.
USA vs Haiti team news
The hosts have called up a mainly domestically-based squad for this competition, allowing star players such as Sergino Dest, Weston McKennnie and Christian Pulisic a summer break, potentially with an eye on next year’s World Cup, at Qatar 2022.
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Guingamp striker Frantzdy Pierrot is the man to watch for Les Grenadiers, having scored nine times in his last 10 international matches – grabbing four goals in the two recent qualifiers.
USA vs Haiti preview
While they may be without some of their most famous names, Gregg Berhalter’s team still boasts a strong mix of youthful and experienced players who will be keen to force their way into the first team once World Cup qualification comes around.
Indeed, it was a similar team to the one likely to line up in Kansas on Sunday that thrashed Trinidad and Tobago 7-0 in a friendly back in February, when all of the goals were scored by MLS players.
They will therefore back themselves to see off a visiting team that has achieved strong results against Caribbean minnows but were brushed aside by Canada in last month’s World Cup qualifiers – losing 1-0 at home and 3-0 away.
USA vs Haiti tips & predictions
With home advantage on their side, the USMNT look well worth backing at 7/4 (2.75) to prove their quality by beating Haiti by at least three goals in their Group B opener.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.