U.S. facing long odds vs. England at sportsbooks

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The United States Men’s National Team will be looking to pull the latest World Cup shocker, when it faces heavily favored England on Friday.

On Friday morning, a few hours before kickoff, the U.S. was a +600 underdog to win the highly anticipated match, with England listed as a -195 favorite at Caesars Sportsbook. The game ending in a draw was +310.

The Americans had attracted the majority of the early bets, but approximately 56% of the money that had been wagered on the match’s winner was on England, according to Caesars. The sportsbook was expecting plenty action leading up to 2 p.m. ET kickoff in Qatar.

A spokesperson for BetMGM said Friday morning that USA-England was already the most heavily bet match of the World Cup at its sportsbooks so far.

The group stage of the World Cup has already featured two big upsets. Saudi Arabia stunned Argentina as 25-1 underdogs on Tuesday, and Japan upended Germany as 6-1 underdogs on Wednesday.

The U.S. settled for a 1-1 draw with Wales in its opener on Tuesday. England was impressive in a 6-2 victory over Iran in its opener.

Brazil remains the favorite to win the tournament at +250, followed by France at +650 at Caesars Sportsbook. England and Spain are next and each listed at +700. The U.S. is 125-1 to win the tournament.

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