With the start of the 2022 World Cup less than two months away, the U.S. Men's National Team has begun its final pre-tournament preparations, and on Friday the Americans face fellow World Cup qualifier Japan in a friendly at the Düsseldorf Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany. After Friday, the USMNT will have only one more match -- on Tuesday against Saudi Arabia in Spain -- before the team begins World Cup play on Nov. 21 against Wales. The Americans, who qualified for the World Cup by virtue of finishing third in the eight-team Concacaf qualification, are ranked 14th in the world. Meanwhile Japan is ranked 24th.
Kickoff is set for 8:26 a.m. ET. Japan are listed as +150 favorites (risk $100 to win $150) on the 90-minute money line in the latest USA vs. Japan odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the USA are +165 underdogs. A draw is +210, and the over/under for total goals is 2.5. Before making any Japan vs. USA picks or international soccer predictions, you need to see what renowned soccer bettor Jon (Buckets) Eimer has to say.
Eimer is a high-volume bettor who has vast knowledge of leagues and players across the globe. Since joining SportsLine, Eimer has covered the English Premier League, Serie A, the FA Cup and much more. He is 37-20-1 on his Premier League picks for SportsLine in 2022, for a profit of more than $1,400 for $100 bettors.
Now, Eimer has taken a close look at the USMNT vs. Japan and has come up with three confident picks. He has identified several factors as to why these picks will cash. You can only see Eimer's picks at SportsLine.
- USMNT vs. Japan over/under: 2.5 goals
- USMNT vs. Japan money line: USA +165, Japan +150, Draw +210
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Why USA can win
Jesus Ferreira has the potential to score goals for the Americans. The forward for FC Dallas ranks fourth in MLS in goals (18) this season despite playing far fewer minutes than the three players in front of him. When he last started for the USMNT, in June against Grenada, Ferreira scored four goals, tying Landon Donovan (2003), Joe-Max Moore (1993), Buff Donelli (1934) and Archie Stark (1925) for most goals scored in a single game by an American player.
In addition, the USMNT will have Sergiño Dest back on the roster against Japan. A 21-year-old fullback for AC Milan, Dest hasn't played for the Americans since January because of untimely injuries. His presence gives the USMNT a creative playmaker on the right side who can cross the ball into the box.
Why Japan can win
The Japanese face a USMNT that is unsettled at goalkeeper. Since leaving a starting spot with the New England Revolution of MLS for a backup role with Arsenal, Matt Turner has played only one match for Arsenal. Ethan Horvath has started 10 games for Luton Town but has been inconsistent, and Sean Johnson is tied for the MLS lead in clean sheets (14) but has regularly followed the other U.S. goalkeepers on Berhalter's depth chart.
In addition, Takumi Minamino provides the Japanese a high-caliber attacker. Arguably the team's most dangerous player, the former Liverpool player has 17 goals in 42 career appearances with Japan. He has the ability to line up on the left or the right.
How to make USA vs. Japan picks
Eimer has analyzed USA vs. Japan and is picking Over 2.5 goals (+115). But he has also identified two other confident picks for Japan vs. USA. He's only sharing these USMNT vs. Japan picks at SportsLine.
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