Qatar vs. Senegal, USA vs. England, Holland vs. Ecuador

The second round of the 2022 World Cup group stage begins on Friday. Have you heard that the USMNT is playing?

Of course you did. The USA are a significant underdog to England after the Three Lions tore apart Iran to open their World Cup campaign. A loss likely dooms America’s chances of advancing. A result is imperative. Can they get it?

8 a.m. ET Friday, FS1

It’s hard to have much confidence in Qatar after what we saw on Sunday. Ecuador dominated the match and deserved the win. Senegal are already without Sadio Mane and look set to be without midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate. He is a big part of Senegal’s midfield. But even without Mane and Kouyate, Senegal should have enough to eliminate the Qataris from the knockout round and set up a crucial match with Ecuador on Tuesday.

11 a.m. ET Friday, Fox

It took the Dutch over 80 minutes to score a goal against Senegal and then added a second for good measure. Given the way the first round of group matches played out, both of these teams could be content to play it out for a draw and remain tied for first and control their own paths to the knockout stages. We will enter the raffle. But if you’re feeling brave, draw and under parlay might be worth the risk.

2pm ET Friday, Fox

Play this game with your head, not your heart. England are deserved favorites at -175 after their performance against Iran. If you want to bet on the USA, we recommend taking a combination bet with an American win and a draw of +135. Keep in mind that a draw is a very good result for the USMNT, especially if Wales don’t beat Iran. As you can see from the odds, England is the safest bet here and that would effectively stop USA’s chances of advancing. If you want to be optimistic, hedge with that combination bet instead of going with one outcome.

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