USA vs El Salvador
2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarter Final
Date: Wednesday, 19th July 2017
Kick-off at 23:30 UK
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia).
The US Men’s national football team had to work hard to finish at the top of Group A. The inexperienced side were held to a 1-1 draw on the opening day and shrug off a big scare in the second half to see-off Martinique in the second group game.
However, the team rose to its usual best in the final group game and played Nicaragua completely out of the park in the 3-0 win. The margin would have been wider if they were a bit more sharp in taking their chances.
Meanwhile, El Salvador qualified as one of the best third placed teams in the group phase. A long win against Curacao was enough to book their tickets for the knockout stage of the tournament. It is a fair achievement for a team that squandered the lead and succumbed to a 3-1 defeat against a young and inexperienced Mexican team in the group opener. They did show some good fighting spirits in the final group game against Jamaica as well.
USA vs El Salvador: Head-to-head
USA have not lost a game to El Salvador since 1989. The record is massive as there are 12 wins and 3 draws during the 15 matches during the period.
The Stars and Stripes were also victorious in all previous five Gold Cup matches against El Salvador. Their last duel at the competitions happened at the same round in 2013. It was a forgettable outing for El Salvador as they were thrashed 5-1.
USA vs El Salvador: Prediction
There is no doubt that USA are heavy favourites to win this fixture and nothing is expected to go wrong here. On top of that, their wing-play is poised to create plenty of problems to a largely untested Salvadoran defense.
USA vs El Salvador: Bet Tips
The prime pick will be USA to win first half for 1.67 odds with Bet365.
Value seekers can chase over 1.5 second half goals for 1.89 odds with Unibet.