The knockout stage of the 2019 Gold Cup is nearing, and the third-round games will decide who will qualify for the quarterfinals from Group C. The stake is huge in the first game between Jamaica and Curacao.
Jamaica vs. Curacao
- CONCACAF Gold Cup
- Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, US
- Wednesday 26 June
- 02:00 CET
Jamaica is topping the group table at the moment, recording a 3-2 win over Honduras and a nil-nil draw with El Salvador in the previous two rounds. Curacao is sitting at the third spot following a 1-0 win over Honduras and a 1-0 defeat to El Salvador.
While Reggae Boyz dominated Honduras at the start of the tournament, Curacao was pretty lucky to earn that narrow victory. Honduras took 35 shots and missed a ton of massive scoring opportunities.
Jamaica needs a point on this one to clinch the place in the elimination round, while Curacao will have to beat Reggae Boyz to reach the quarterfinals. If Curacao pulls off an upset, Jamaica will need Honduras to beat El Salvador.
Therefore, Jamaica will be able to sit back and wait for its opportunities, but Curacao will have to push forward in numbers. Jamaica recorded a clean sheet twice in its previous six outings, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Curacao finds the net here.
On the other hand, considering Honduras’ domination over Curacao, I expect Jamaica to create a lot of scoring chances and hopefully convert a few. In games like this one, each goal is a huge game changer, so I’m backing the over at some nice wages.
The Pick: Over 2.5 Goals at +115 (2.15)