Gold Cup – Group Stage Round 3 – Best Predictions and Tips

Flourent Malouda

Thursday, July 13, 2017 3:50 PM GMT

We have reached the third round of the group stage of the Gold Cup and our capper has more of his expert insight for you to make some money of some crucial games that will decide who stays and who is sent home packing.

[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"https://www.youtube.com/embed/E0_8CFwMQdA", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]

Costa Rica vs. French Guiana

Costa Rica have started their Gold Cup campaign with a 1-0 win against Honduras but they were held to a 1-1 draw by a really young Canada team. Despite their 10 shots on goals and more than 20 scoring opportunities, The Ticos have failed to win against Canada. French Guiana enter this match on the back of a goalless draw against Honduras. This match will be the first head-to-head encounter for the two sides with Costa Rica being heavy favorites to win this contest. Despite CONCACAF’s ruling that Malouda is an ineligible player, French Guiana’s coach Jair Karam decided to play Florent Malouda against Honduras and that might cost them the three points. Costa Rica have big expectations from this tournament being amongst the top favorites to win the competition. With a win in their last group stage fixture versus French Guiana, Costa Rica will top the group and will avoid the strong teams in the quarter-finals. Best pick for the match: Costa Rica to win with -1.75 AH (Asian Handicap) at -129 with Bet365.

Click Here To View SBR's Top Rated Sportsbooks 

 

Canada vs. Honduras

Despite entering this competition with a really young team, Canada have earner four points after their 1st two group stage fixtures. Canada’s 16-year old striker Alphonso Davies is the top scorer of the competition so far with 3 goals scored in two matches. Canada are really happy with the start they’ve made to this competition and they look really confident and determined of reaching the semifinals. Honduras haven’t performed at their best level at Gold Cup, suffering a short loss 0-1 vs. Costa Rica and being help to a goalless draw by French Guiana, struggling to find the back of the net. These two sides have last met in September 2016 with Honduras winning home 2-1 in the World Cup Qualifiers. Canada have really impressed in this competition and they will be looking to revenge their last mutual match result. Canada have scored and conceded in both of their matches at this tournament, their attacking firepower was lethal but their lack of consistency in their defense saw them conceding three goals. Best pick for the match: Both teams to score at -117 with BetVictor.

[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"https://www.youtube.com/embed/BQqYG7_HSQk", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]

Panama vs. Martinique

Their only previous mutual encounter came at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup when Panama won 1-0 against Martinique. Martinique have been eliminated at the group stage in 3 of their 4 previous appearances at this competition. Right now both teams have the chance to qualify in the knock-out stages if they end this match in a draw with both winning one point. Martinique lost to USA few days ago but their performance was decent finding the back of the net twice. Martinique are an unpredictable team and we expect them to enter this match full of confidence and ready to make a great match. They will surely contribute on the scoreboard but they will also concede at least once. Best pick for the match: Both teams to score at +105 with Betway.

 

Nicaragua vs. USA

USA were the main favorites to win this tournament but their performance in the 1st two fixtures was really poor. They’ve started the tournament with an unconvincing draw 1-1 against Panama but they’ve beaten Martinique 3-2 in a thrilling encounter. Their attack is at the highest level being in great goal-scoring form. This match will be the 1st mutual encounter between these two sides. Nicaragua have struggled for points being the only team in their group with 0 points after 2 matches. USA should dominate the game and try to solve it from half time. USA’s B team is a lot better than Nicaragua’s A team and they should have enough to win the match and top the group. Best pick for the match: USA to win with -1.75 AH (Asian Handicap) at -133 with BetVictor.

 

Curacao vs. Mexico

Despite leaving most of their star players out of the squad, Mexico are the favorites to win this tournament being priced at +138 with Bet365. The defending champions have earned four points winning 3-1 against El Salvador and being held to a goalless draw by Jamaica. They will surely win against Curacao and qualify in the quarter finals from the 1st place. Mexico should destroy Curacao with the only question being how many goals Mexico can score. We expect them to win and cover the -2.5 Asian Handicap. Best pick for the match: Mexico to win with -2 AH (Asian Handicap) at -117 with Bet365.