USA vs Mexico – El Tri will take on the USA in a friendly at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Friday evening. It is one month since El Tri headed north of the border and seized the CONCACAF Gold Cup by vanquishing the Americans in the final. Jonathan dos Santos scored the winning goal that day to cap a dominant performance from Mexico. El Tri has won all seven games since former Barcelona and Atlanta United boss Gerardo Martino took over as manager at the start of the year. He began his tenure by beating Chile 3-1 in a friendly. His team then beat Paraguay 4-2, Venezuela 3-1 and Ecuador 3-2. All three games were friendlies, showing that Martino takes them seriously. Mexico has been similarly excellent in competitive games. It started its Gold Cup campaign with a 7-0 drubbing of Cuba. Subsequent victories over Canada and Martinique teed up a quarter-final with Costa Rica, which it won on penalties. It then beat Haiti in the semis and USA in the final.
Gerardo the Invincible
If you include penalty shootout and extra-time victories, Martino has won all 10 games since taking over as Mexico manager. That includes wins over strong teams. USA has also had a good year, but it failed to reach the last World Cup and El Tri in the Gold Cup final overwhelmed it. The Americans are missing Tyler Adams, Matt Miazga, DeAndre Yedlin and Timothy Weah through injury, but should be able to field a decent side on Friday night.
USA vs Mexico Betting Markets
Mexico is the favorite to win this game in the USA vs Mexico betting odds, and deservedly so. It won the Gold Cup despite leaving a number of key players at home. Big names like Hector Herrera, Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano and Miguel Layun have now been recalled to the squad, and Mexico looks superior to USA in every department. Bethard has odds of +120 on Mexico to win this game and that looks tempting. It is always risky to bet on friendlies, as there are plenty of substitutions and coaches often tinker with formations. But Martino clearly takes them seriously. You can alternatively find -175 at Bet365 on Mexico draw no bet if you are feeling more cautious. Mexico to win and under 4.5 goals is priced at +160 if you are looking for more value.