Jamaica vs. El Salvador Gold Cup Picks: Reggae Boyz +120 Looking to Claim Top Spot in Group B

Nikki Adams

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 12:43 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 14, 2015 12:43 PM UTC

Group B leaders Jamaica look to extend their edge when they take on El Salvador on Tuesday. We preview this pivotal clash and serve up our soccer picks.

Jamaica Favoured
Jamaica enter round 3 of Group B action as the distinct favourites on the 2015 Gold Cup odds board, albeit slightly above EVEN money at +120 soccer odds. Will the Jamaicans come through on their favourable soccer odds?

Jamaica are off to a bright start in the tournament having gone undefeated in two rounds, taking four points at the expense of the field of competition to sit atop the standings in Group B. Indeed with the highly-fancied Costa Rica not playing up to expectations following their standout run at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, Jamaica could very well serve up a surprise by clinching Group B with a win over El Salvador.

The Jamaicans served notice of intent when they opened with a 2-2 draw against favourites Costa Rica on match day 1. They then backed it up with a 1-0 win over group minnows Canada, a stoppage time goal by Rodolph Austin that sealed the victory and all three points up for grabs.


El Salvador Playing Above Their Heads
Although it's just two rounds into the tournament, El Salvador are proving to be the surprise package as they remain undefeated behind back-to-back draws. Can they extend their surprising form, riding the momentum into the knockouts?

Pre-tournament expectations pegged El Salvador to prop up Group B when all was said and done. So much for that. El Salvador are in the improbable position to advance into the knockouts, assuming they gain a positive result at the expense of Jamaica today.

El Salvador opened their campaign with a scoreless draw with Canada. Then they beat the odds to hold Costa Rica to a 1-1 draw. Sat in third place on two points, they are level with Los Ticos. A win or a draw against Jamaica would see El Salvador advance, soccer picks that are on offer, respectively, at +260 and +200 at Bet365.


Match Betting Tips and Picks:
Jamaica have the upper hand in this match on account of their auspicious position in the table. They are two points clear of group faves Costa Rica and surprise package El Salvador. With momentum on their side, a win will but wrap up top spot for the Reggae Boyz. By all accounts, this is a motivated group with grand ambitions in the competition that go beyond simply making an appearance in the knockouts. According to Jamaican media outlets, these groovy boys hope to deliver a first Gold Cup title for their nation (a soccer pick currently trading at +2800 on the Gold Cup futures board at Bet365).

El Salvador, however, strike a very interesting pose as the +260 soccer pick to win this match. Heck, even as the +200 soccer pick to force the draw on Jamaica. Clearly, El Salvador is underrated in this match and utterly overlooked in the competition proper (+20000 to win it all). Few had them going beyond the group stage, but a win over Jamaica and a loss by Costa Rica in the other group match could actually see El Salvador win Group B. How's that for a heady thought.

El Salvador have played solid ball in two rounds. They're a nice technical side with MLS connections. The head-to-head favours Jamaica in recent history – they are riding a three-game winning streak going back to the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. But the Jamaicans can't take that for granted when El Salvador have as much at stake in this match as they do. In short: Jamaica should win, but El Salvador could win.

For our money, we're backing the Reggae Boyz, but we're expecting a tough, close match between two sides with plenty of motivation looking to claim top spot in Group B.

Soccer Picks: Jamaica +120 at BetCris

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