10:31 AM ET
David PurdumESPN Staff Writer
- Joined ESPN in 2014
- Journalist covering gambling industry since 2008
On Friday morning, a few hours before kickoff, the US were +600 underdogs to win the highly anticipated match, with England listed as -195 favorites 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 of action leading up to the 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.
Brazil remain the favorites to win the tournament at +250, followed by France at +650 at Caesars Sportsbook. England and Spain are next, with each listed at +700. The Americans are 125-1 to win the tournament.