The CONCACAF Gold Cup kicks off next weekend. The competition is the premier tournament between North and Central America and the Caribbean islands. The championship comprises 15 teams from these continents and a guest team, Qatar. In all, the 16 participants are divided into four groups with four teams. The first round of the Gold Cup begins next Saturday, 10, with two matches.
On the first day of the tournament, one of the favorite teams for the title will take the field, Mexico. The team, along with the United States, always generates expectations for having a solid team. Both have just decided the Cup of Nations and should be among the last survivors of the Gold Cup. On the other hand, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Honduras have always had good championships and appear in less resistant groups.
The teams will be keen to prove their status as favorites from the outset
Winners of the tournament, Mexico will open the Gold Cup against Trinidad and Tobago. The match, after all, should not be too complicated for Mexico, who are overwhelming favorites to get off on the right foot. That fact will weigh on the Bet365 results markets. The duel between the two teams will take place on Saturday, 10, in Dallas, USA. And speaking of the Americans, the national team also comes with much favoritism to start on the right foot.
The United States opens on 11 July, against Martinique. Victory is almost inevitable, given that the Americans have a giant sporting and structural advantage over their opponents. Mexico and the United States always enter as the leading contenders for the title in all tournaments that comprise CONCACAF. In the Gold Cup, it would be no different. Both have the best leagues and export athletes all over the world.
The Canadians are another team that should also have no significant problems in the group. They should advance without issues since they have an excellent structural organization and prominent names, as rarely seen. The team opens against Haiti on Sunday 11, as do the Americans. Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies hopes to lead Canada towards a positive result in this first round of the Gold Cup.
The outsiders’ Gold Cup opener
Some teams have a habit of making life difficult for the big favorites. Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Honduras have risen to the top of the table in some of the continent’s competitions. The Costa Ricans and the Hondurans have even featured at the world finals in the current century. However, what challenges will they face in the first round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup?
Costa Rica should face no resistance in their opener. They face a fragile Guadeloupe team, one of the last qualifiers for the tournament, on Monday the 12th. The three points should come quickly, and Bet365’s results markets point that out just the same. The Jamaicans should also not have a difficult life in the first round of the Gold Cup. The team’s first duel will be against Suriname on the 12th, just like the Costa Ricans.
Facing another team of low technical level, Honduras will face Grenada in the closing game of the first round. The match is scheduled for Tuesday 13. Costa Rica and Jamaica are expected to fight it out for the top spot in Group C of the tournament. Both teams are favorites to advance, given that their opponents are not technically rigorous. Honduras, on the other hand, should be alone in the top spot in Group D.
Tight encounters round off the first round
Matchday 1 of the Gold Cup also featured two very evenly balanced games. The tournament’s sole guests, Qatar, take on Panama in their opener. Despite being a virtually equal confrontation, the odds in the Bet365 results show some favoritism to the Qataris. Even away from their home continent and in front of a potential Panamanian crowd in Dallas, Qataris should win the opener on North American soil.
Curacao and El Salvador have the most evenly matched encounter of the first round at the Gold Cup. The teams will play their opening match on Saturday 10 July. The game, after all, does not have a clear favorite, no wonder the Bet365 markets point a more favorable quotation minimally to the team of Curaçao. The team has an odds of 2.60 for a possible positive result.