The CONCACAF Gold Cup is a biennial football tournament competed by men’s national football teams under the CONCACAF ( Confederation of North, Central American and Carribean Association Football ) which determines the continent champion from the said regions.
This year’s tournament will be the 15th edition of the Gold Cup and it will be held primarily in the United States starting June 15, 2019. Costa Rica and Jamaica will also be hosting double-header first round matches in their respective groups. Beginning this year, the number of participating teams has been increased to 16 from 12.
Six of the teams qualify directly after their participation in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying. The remaining 10 teams enter the tournament via the CONCACAF Nations League qualifying. This year, Bermuda and Guyana are making their CONCACAF Gold Cup debuts.
The 16 teams have been divided into four groups. After the draw, the groupings and schedule were announced last April 10, 2019. Here’s how the teams were divided:
|GROUP A||GROUP B||GROUP C||GROUP D|
|Martinique||Nicaragua||El Salvador||Trinidad and Tobago|
The top two teams from each group will advance to the knockout stage quarterfinals which will be played on June 29 and 30, 2019. The four surviving teams will then take part in the semifinals which will be held on July 2 and 3. The final will be held on July 7, 2019, at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.
In 2017, the United States defeated Jamaica in the finals 2-1 to win their sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup. The other two semifinalists were Costa Rica and Mexico as no third-place match was held in 2017. This year, the Americans are looking to tie Mexico as the winningest country in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Mexicans have won seven total titles, the last of which was in 2015.
Here are the odds to win the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Odds were taken from Bet365 as of 6/24/19:
|Trinidad & Tobago||+15000|
Who Are The Favorites?
As expected, soccer betting Mexico emerged victorious in Group A, finishing with a perfect record of 3-0 while picking up a total of 9 points. El Tri scored a total of 13 goals in the first stage, the most by any team as of June 23rd. They also allowed just a total of three goals to put them in a tie with fellow favorite and hosts the USA for the best goal difference in round one at +10. They have now advanced to the quarterfinals and are just awaiting the conclusion on Group B competition as they are booked to face the runner-up of that group.
The United States opened their 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign with a 4-0 thrashing of Guyana last June 18 and followed that up with another dominant 6-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago. USA is currently in joint first place in Group D but has the superior goal difference over Panama at +10 versus +4. The Americans and El Salvador are the only teams who have yet to concede a goal in the current tournament. The Americans face Panama on June 26 to determine who wins their group. If team USA wins Group D, they will take on the Runner-Up of Group C in the next round. If they finish in second place, the Americans will take on the Group C winner.
Costa Rica is through to the next round after winning their first two games. Los Ticos blanked Nicaragua 4-0 in their opener and they outlasted Bermuda 2-1 in their second match of the tournament. They are currently co-leaders in Group B with 6 points but have a better goal difference over Haiti at +5 against +3. Costa Rica takes on Haiti in their final group game to determine who wins the group. The loser of that match will have to play Mexico in the next round.
Jamaica and El Salvador are the leaders of Group C with one win and one draw each. Jamaica nipped Honduras 3-2 in their opener while El Salvador nipped Curacao 1-0 in their first game. Jamaica and El Salvador then battled to a 0-0 draw last June 21st. The two leaders will swap opening day opponents on the final playdate of Group C.
Panama joins the United States atop Group D although they have an inferior goal difference of +4. The Canal Men opened with a 2-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago and followed that up with a 4-2 conquest of Guyana. They will face the Americans on June 26th in the match that decides the group winner.
Canada is the second team to book a seat in the quarterfinals. The Canadians finished as the runner-up of Group A with two wins and one defeat. They were an aggregate 11-0 in two wins against Martinique and Cuba but they suffered a 2-3 defeat at the hands of top seed and betting favorite Mexico. Canada will play the Group B winner in the next round of the competition.
Mexico finished on top of Group A followed by Canada. Costa Rica and Haiti dispute Group B and I like Costa Rica to take that group. Jamaica and Honduras should go 1-2, respectively in Group C while the Americans are likely to finish ahead of Panama in Group D.
The United States shouldn’t have much trouble with Honduras while I expect Mexico to beat Haiti or Costa Rica. Canada’s playing well and I like them to beat the Group B winner while Jamaica is a cinch to beat Panama in the next round. My Final four would be Mexico vs Canada and United States vs Jamaica. I think that USA vs Jamaica would be an exciting game but am picking Mexico to repeat over Canada in the other semifinals match. But regardless of who wins between the Americans and Jamaicans, I’m picking Mexico to win. El Tri’s defense has been excellent and their offense has been explosive so far. Prediction: Mexico