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.
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.
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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.