Gold Cup Quarterfinals Soccer Pick: Jamaica vs. Haiti

Nikki Adams

Saturday, July 18, 2015 2:34 PM GMT

Saturday, Jul. 18, 2015 2:34 PM GMT

Jamaica & Haiti are set to battle for a spot in the 2015 Gold Cup Semis on Saturday. Find out where the value soccer picks are to be had as we weigh in on this matchup and analyse the soccer odds.

Jamaica Favoured
The Reggae Boyz go into the quarterfinals as the notional favourites over Haiti, trading just above EVEN money at +138 soccer odds at Bet365 and William Hill, to name a few. Will Jamaica come through as the favourites and set up a potentially thrilling showdown with USA (the likeliest side to emerge from the other quarterfinal on this side of the bracket)?

Jamaica beat the soccer odds to win Group B, over a highly fancied Costa Rica that was riding a wave of bohomie since their Cinderella run at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Jamaica went undefeated in three matches with a 2-1-0 record and seven points, topping Group B four points ahead of Costa Rica.

They scored four goals and conceded two for a plus 2-goal differential. In fact, since conceding two goals to Costa Rica on match day 1 they maintained clean sheets the rest of the way but their run was nothing short of the dramatic.

After the thrilling 2-2 draw that saw the Jamaicans come from 1-2 behind in the second half to force a share in the spoils with Los Ticos, they went on to a last-gasp 1-0 win over Canada  and edged El Salvador 1-0 on match day 3.

 

Haiti At Disadvantage
Haiti may be at the disadvantage going into this quarterfinal clash, matched at +220 soccer odds at William Hill and slightly higher +225 soccer odds at Bet365. But they have to fancy their chances after a rather solid group account. Indeed, it wouldn't do to overlook these plucky upstarts.

Haiti were drawn into a tough Group A with USA and Panama, two of the favourites for the Gold Cup title. In spite of this so-called group of death section, Haiti beat the soccer odds to finish second, ahead of Panama by a point and three points adrift of USA.

Haiti threw down the gauntlet with a 1-1 draw against Panama on match day 1. Then they gave as good as they got against USA, losing only 1-0 (which is respectable). In fact, Haiti looked dangerous throughout the match and the Americans were fortunate to survive their constant attacking waves. Many soccer bettors and experts alike were of the opinion that the Haitians were really unlucky to lose that match.

 

Soccer Betting Verdict
Both sides have everything to play for in this competition, namely a spot in the semis. Neither side really has a considerable edge over the other to warrant a lopsided soccer betting market. Hence, both are trading just over EVEN money, with Jamaica slightly to the good at +138 soccer odds. What's more, they are quite familiar with each other, which suggests this match could go either way.

Another similarity to consider is that both sides are riding the momentum of match day 3, impressive 1-0 wins over their section rivals. Just about everybody is tipping this match in Jamaica's favour and for good reason. We're also tipping it with the Reggae Boys for our soccer pick. That said if Haiti can rise to the occasion, handle the trap well and attack in waves as they did against the USA, they have a reasonable shot at the upset. Put simply, we won't be shocked if they do turn this match on its head.

Soccer Picks: Jamaica at +138

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