El Tri have lacked firepower in the group stage as coach Osorio has left out many of his star players. Their defense was at the highest level so far conceding just 1 goal in their four Gold Cup fixtures. Can The Move on to the finals?
Three from the four teams qualified in the semifinals topped their group (USA, Mexico, Costa Rica) with the 4th, Jamaica, being the surprise of the round. Mexico beat Curacao 2-0 in their last group stage fixture to top Group C with seven points. In the quarterfinals they defeated Honduras 1-0 to qualify for the 5th time in a row in the Gold Cup semifinals.
El Tri were held to a goalless draw by Jamaica in their group stage mutual encounter with Jamaica’s goalkeeper Andre Blake keeping the clean sheet for his team with a phenomenal performance, being the MVP of the match. Mexico are having a squad of players who mainly play in the Mexican League, with little international experience with just 4 players having 10 or more caps. But that’s not their biggest problem because the average age of their squad is almost 27 with players who want to prove to their coach that he can rely on them for the World Cup in Russia. Their defensive style is the main reason for their lack of finding the back of the net and creating spaces in the final third. They attack has been very doubtful throughout the competition and their poor performances have put pressure on their coach. The Mexican newspapers and the fans are not happy at all with their coach and they are trying to sack him
Both teams are unbeaten so far in the tournament and this match should prove closer than expected. The Reggae Boyz enter this match full of confidence and ready to pull the off the upset. They have a decent talented squad with big potential. They are trying their best to defend well and they are deadly on the break, speed being their main weapon. They enter this game using the same strategy as in the 1st mutual encounter, defend deep, force El Tri to break them down and strike on the break. Mexico have a great record against the Reggae Boyz winning 16 from their 19 head-to-heads and being unbeaten in their Gold Cup matches, winning all 6 of them. They are huge favorites to qualify in the finals being priced at -175 with WilliamHill. Mexico should dominate the match and win it in 90’ minutes.Free Soccer Pick: Mexico to win HT/FTBest Lines Offered: at BetVictor