The second round of group matches at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup concludes with a game between Mexico and Jamaica. Mexico start the match sitting top of Group C thanks to their 3-1 win over El Salvador in their first match of the tournament. Having won the CONCACAF Gold Cup a record total of 7 times, Mexico will be expecting to qualify from this group and make the latter stages of the tournament.
Jamaica caused an upset by reaching the final of the tournament two years ago and it will be a surprise to see them do the same this year. However, the Reggae Boyz know that just a point in this game should be enough to see them through to the quarter-final.
Mexico vs. Jamaica
CONCACAF Gold Cup – Friday 14th July 2017 – 3:00 am
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Having reached the semi-final of the Confederations Cup, Mexico are a team in decent form. They lost the third/fourth place off to Portugal but even including that game, Mexico have lost just 3 of their previous 19 matches in all competitions.
There have been some good victories over tough opposition, with wins against Republic of Ireland, Russia and Paraguay the pick of the bunch.
Mexico are in a strong position in World Cup qualifying and the players in this competition will want to win a place in the squad for the finals next year.
The Reggae Boyz have been inconsistent, winning 3 and losing 3 of their last 6 matches in all competitions. They faced a tricky opening game against Curacao, a team they recently lost to in the Caribbean Cup but came through with a 2-0 win.
Having gone through a disappointing spell of losing 5 games in a row between May and November 2016, Jamaica have won 5 of their last 8 games, with their most notable victory coming in a 1-0 win against Honduras.
However, defeats to Panama and Haiti in World Cup qualifying ended their hopes of reaching Russia next year, making this their best opportunity to shine on the international stage.
Mexico will probably resist the urge to make too many changes to the starting XI against El Salvador. Elias Hernandez should start the match following his goal and two assists in Mexico’s opening game and will be a dangerous opponent for Jamaica.
Jamaica may opt to make a few changes to their starting XI, which was slow to get going in their match against Curacao. Darren Mattocks came off the bench in that game and looked lively, scoring a goal and he may be one of three or four players to come into the team.
Top Betting Tips – Mexico and Jamaica Meet in Repeat of 2015 Final
Mexico know a victory will seal their place in the quarter-final and allow them to rotate their squad against Curacao in the final group game. They start the match as favourites and can be backed at 1/3 to win the game with Ladbrokes.
Mexico were not at their best defensively against El Salvador and seemed to switch off having taken the lead. Jamaica will be hoping their power and pace can cause problems against a Mexico team which has kept just one clean sheet in 9 games. Mexico to win and both teams to score is 12/5 at Ladbrokes.
Mexico have scored 2 or more goals in 7 of their last 11 matches, with Jamaica finding the back of the net in 7 of their last 8. We should see goals in this game and over 3.5 goals is available at 7/4 with Ladbrokes.