CONCACAF Gold Cup Round 1 Preview and Football Betting Tips

Alex Campean

Monday, June 10, 2019 3:51 PM UTC

Monday, Jun. 10, 2019 3:51 PM UTC

The favourites expected to kick off their Gold Cup campaign with easy wins

<div><p>This year’s tournament will be hosted by USA, Costa Rica and Jamaica. The number of teams has been increased to 16 from 12 with Bermuda and Guyana making their Gold Cup debuts. The 16 national teams have been drawn in 4 groups and the top 2 teams from each group will qualify to the knock-out stages.</p><h2>Mexico vs Cuba</h2><p><a href=""><strong>Sunday, June 16, at Rose Bowl (Pasadena)</strong></a></p><p>Mexico have dominated the competition lifting the trophy in 7 occasions. They enter this Gold Cup edition as huge favourites being priced at 2.35 with most bookies to lift the trophy. We expect them to win all their 3 group-stage matches against Cuba, Canada and Martinique. They are fully packed with players performing at top level in Europe (Raúl Jiménez from Wolves, Andrés Guardado from Real Betis, Héctor Moreno from Real Sociedad). They also called experienced players from MLS (Jonathan dos Santos from LA Galaxy). They have a new and very experienced manager, Gerardo “Tata” Martino who also coached Barcelona back in 2013 becoming the 1st Barcelona manager to not lose a game in their 1st 16 games. Unfortunately, Mexico will be without some of their superstars (Hirving Lozano from PSV, Jesus Corona from FC Porto, Chicharito from West Ham and Carlos Vela from LA FC) but their manager declared he is worried about it because they opened the doors for some young and talented players. Mexico won 4 friendly matches this year against Ecuador, Venezuela, Paraguay and Chile scoring 13 goals in the process. On the other side Cuba’s head-to-head record against Mexico is very poor losing all their 9 games. They are always struggling to find the back of the net against top teams from their region, so we don’t expect them to contribute on the scoreboard against Mexico. Last 2 times they played Mexico they conceded 11 goals failing to find the back of the net. We expect a comfortable Mexico win.</p><p><a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Gold Cup Betting Odds"><em><strong>Best tip for the match: Mexico to win with -3.5 Asian Handicap at 2.0 with Unibet.</strong></em></a></p><h2>Costa Rica vs Nicaragua</h2><p><a href=""><strong>Monday, June 17, at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica (San José)</strong></a></p><p>Costa Rica are 3rd favourites to lift the Gold Cup trophy being priced at 9.0 with most bookies. They have vast amount of experience on their side and they are very lucky to kick off their Gold Cup campaign with a match against Nicaragua which will be played in front of their fans in San Jose. They were the surprise package of the 2014 World Cup topping their group by beating Italy and Uruguay and managing to keep England to a goalless draw, losing in the quarter finals to the Netherlands on penalties. Celtic’s Christian Gamboa is leading their defence, the 120 times-capped Bryan Ruiz is the brain from the midfield. Leon’s 26-year-old striker, Joel Campbell, scored just 16 goals in 80 matches for his national team but the fans are expecting him to deliver and help Costa Rica to have a deep run in the tournament. The hosts are usually a very defensive side so it’s very difficult to score against them so a great approach for their 1st match is the “win to nil” market priced at 1.7 with Ladbrokes. We expect them to win this match but we don’t expect too many goals so we will combine the “winners market” with the “goals market”.</p><p><a href=";a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Gold Cup Betting Odds"><em><strong>Best tip for this match: Costa Rica to win and under 3.5 goals at 1.91 with Coral.</strong></em></a></p></div>
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