Who will win this intriguing clash? Find out as we breakdown the match up and serve up the latest soccer betting odds for your consideration.
Martinique and Mexico level on three points
Mexico clinched the crucial win over Canada on Thursday to salvage its Gold Cup campaign; that is, temporarily as a very ambitious and adventurous Martinique looms ahead and, frankly, from what we’ve seen of Mexico lately, nothing is for certain where they are concerned –even a win for Mexico that odds makers sever up at convincing odds of -275.
After losing their opener against Panama things looked dire for Chepo’s men. You could hear the deafening chants “Chepo Fuera” coming from Mexico and see the resignation etched on the face of El Tri as one. The hex of poor form this season seems to plague them no matter where they go – this includes disappointing outings in world cup qualifying and an unmemorable turnout in Confederations Cup. The curious thing: this isn’t the exact same team that featured in those previous competitions – so, to add insult to injury, it seems that no matter what team Chepo fields, A B, C, or D….the disappointments follow.
Obviously, the pressure on them as a result going into the second round of group action was immense. But while they did get the desired result, the performance was less than impressive to say the least. The two goals earned against Canada came from a free kick and a questionable penalty; the game itself passed by without much fuss or energy. So was the win a sign of a turnaround for Mexico or was it simply just that Canada was clearly out of its depth? That is the question.
Martinique is a dangerous floater
Since starting the tournament as the quintessential long shots to win outright, Martinique’s stock has been on the rise, improving from +15000 to +10000. Now, they have before them a golden opportunity to make it into the quarterfinals with a shocking win over Mexico, which is on offers of +650 at Bet365. And, it might surprise you (although it shouldn’t) to know that some pundits are taking stock of these odds, considering them seriously.
Fact is Martinique have impressed in this competition. They were dubbed the Group A minnows but they certainly didn’t take to that label. They shocked Canada with a late goal to win 1-0. Fabrice Reuperne, a 37-year-old striker who came off the bench late in the game, proved his worth with a long-range shot in injury time that clinched the win and the crucial three points. Although Martinique succumbed to the Group A leaders Panama in Round 2, they did so rather respectably with a 1-0 defeat (unlike popular expectation).
Martinique is very much in this competition and one shouldn’t underestimate them. This tournament is a rather big deal for Martinique as well. They aren’t FIFA registered which means they aren’t invited to the World Cup 2014 at all. So this competition to them is akin to the global showpiece. Now that is motivation.
Martinique vs. Canada Predictions and Picks:
El Tri have shown cause for concern recently that doesn’t augur well and gives us pause where their odds are concerned. Confidence is suspect and while they did beat Canada we’re putting that result down to Canada’s lack of experience rather than Mexico’s prowess. Moreover, Mexico still has a scoring problem even though they did score twice against Canada – let’s face it, one was a rather suspect penalty.
So while we agree Mexico should win this match and on paper they would appear to be the smart sport pick, we’re going to take a chance (it’s a long shot, yes we know) on Martinique and back them for the upset at +650. They have the motivation and the desire to win and they are oh so close to the quarterfinals. Look for Martiniquais to defend like their lives depend on it and, as such, we’re plumping down to a low-scoring affair – Under 2.5 at -105 and a 1-0 win to Martinique at +1600.
Soccer Free Picks: Martinique to win 1-0 at Bet 365