The USA aren’t out of the World Cup qualifying race yet by any means, but to regain control of their own fate they desperately need to get three points against Honduras on September 3. Bruce Arena’s men are coming off the back of a humbling 2-0 defeat to Costa Rica at the Red Bull Arena, which has left Oscar Ramirez’s side within touching distance of booking a place at the finals in Russia next summer. This defeat sees the USA remain in third place, level on points with their upcoming competitors. A win at the Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino should be enough to shrug Jorge Luis Pinto’s charges, however, and get the USA’s World Cup push firmly back on track. Certainly, if the USA fail to claim a victory in this tie, Panama could well leapfrog them in the table. Los Canaleros are seen as the USMNT’s strongest challengers for the third automatic qualification spot and are close behind on 7 points. Hernan Dario Gomez’s men face Trinidad and Tobago at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez on the same day as the USA and Honduras encounter, and are at odds of -275 with bet365 to prevail. The USA are also favoured by the bookies, albeit not with as much certainty, and can be backed at odds of +150 to get the better of Honduras. In terms of actually winning the ultimate tournament in Russia, USA can be found at +10000, while Panama and Honduras are both at odds of +150000 with bet365. It is fair to assume that Arena’s men will have enough strength to secure automatic qualification, but they are seriously at risk of being drawn into a group of death at the final tournament. Three straight wins against Honduras, Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago in the final qualification matches is not out of the question, however.