The United States Men’s National Team has done nothing but surprise through two games of their 2014 World Cup journey.
After getting a victory over Ghana to grab an early three points, the U.S. was seconds from securing a spot into the Round of 16 until giving up the game-tying goal as time expired in their second game against Portugal. The result still yielded one point, and puts the United States into a tie atop the ‘Group of Death’ alongside Germany, their opponent on Thursday afternoon at Noon ET on ESPN.
The good news is that the United States controls its own destiny heading into this one. If they win or tie, the U.S. will advance. If they lose, there is still a chance that the United States will advance with just four points, depending on the result between Portugal and Ghana at the same time on Thursday.
Germany entered this group as the favorite to win. After dominating Portugal 4-0 in the opener, they tied with Ghana in what was one of the best matches of the tournament so far. This has led to huge anticipation between Germany and the United States.
Despite the fact that the U.S. is playing very well, they are still the big underdogs going into this one. But the thought is that both teams might simply try to avoid the big mistake and play for a draw, especially if they get into the second half of play with no score or a tied score. Any result other than a loss for either team will advance them. If the result is a draw. both will go with Germany winning the group on goal differential.
Bovada Sportsbook has formed several Germany vs. USA betting lines for this 2014 World Cup match. At the half-goal spread, which is essentially a moneyline wager, to win the game with no draw, Germany is paying out -180 compared to the U.S. at +150. On the moneyline with no spread and a draw as an option, the U.S. is paying out 7 to 1 to win the game, with Germany paying out -180 and a draw result slated at 2 to 1.
The United States will play its second-straight game without Jozy Altidore, who’s hamstring will keep him out. However, if the U.S. were to advance, it’s likely that Altidore will be in the lineup for the Round of 16.
The ratings for the U.S. vs. Portugal were sky high, but the Germany match presents the challenge of being played in the middle of a work day. Still, it’s expected that many will take the day off or take an ‘extended lunch’ to watch this one!