It won’t just be in Europe and South America to have international team competitions this mid-year. CONCACAF’s member teams will compete in another edition of the Gold Cup, which brings together teams from North, Central America, and the Caribbean. Hosted in the United States, the competition will have the current champion, Mexico, trying to increase its hegemony in the championship.
There will be 16 teams competing for the 16th edition of the tournament. 13 are already defined. The other three spots will be assigned simultaneously to the winners of a qualifying round, which will bring together 12 teams and will take place a few days before the official start of the competition. The opening game of the Gold Cup is scheduled for July 10, while the qualifying tournament will begin eight days earlier.
Favorite, Mexico is the highlight of Group A
Champions of the 2019 edition of the Gold Cup, Mexico is trying to repeat the two-time title they won in 2009 and 2011. The team led by midfielder Andrés Guardado appears as clear favorites for the title, and obviously, to take the top spot in Group A. However, the main competitor of the Mexicans should be El Salvador, which is trying for the first time in history to overcome the barrier of the quarterfinals.
However, the Salvadorans must prevent Curaçao from pulling off another upset. In the last edition of the Gold Cup, the Caribbean team surprised everyone and reached the quarterfinals. Now, the idea is to repeat the feat at least. Trinidad and Tobago, Montserrat, Cuba, or French Guiana will complete the group, after all, fighting for a place in the tournament via qualifying.
Gold Cup hosts appear in Group B
The host nation for the 2021 tournament, the United States, will be looking for its seventh Gold Cup title. Runners-up last year, Gregg Berhalter’s team is trying to overcome the Mexicans this time around. However, to do so, the team will first need to secure qualifications from Group B. Nevertheless, the task should not be too complicated. After all, the main competitor will be Canada, which has not been a scare for some time.
The Canadians have a huge chance to take the second spot in the quarterfinals. The group comprises the weak Martinique team and Haiti, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Bermuda, or Barbados. These last four teams duel in the qualifier to enter the tournament’s main stage as the winner of Preliminary 7.
Costa Rica is a firm favorite in Group C
Still dreaming of their first Gold Cup title, Costa Rica appears to be favored in the competition once again. In the 2002 edition of the tournament, the runners-up are the top team in Group C and should have no trouble advancing to the quarterfinals. However, even though they have appeared in two decisions recently, Jamaica is still not on the same level as the Costa Ricans.
The duo has everything to spare within the group. After all, Suriname, who complete this group, will be making their debut in a Gold Cup edition. After that, Guatemala, Guyana, Guadeloupe, and the Bahamas will play the qualifiers to select the fourth team. In other words, there is an enormous probability that the Jamaicans and the Costa Ricans will win at least two matches and compete against each other for the top spot.
With guests, Group D is the only one already complete
The group we will have the most exciting competition for qualification is Group D, with Qatar making its debut in the competition. The group does not have any great favorites, and at least three teams should be on equal footing in the fight for a place in the quarterfinals. However, Honduras and Panama have a specific tradition and appear, even if by a small margin, to have some advantage.
However, Qatar should not travel to the United States just for show. The Asian team should be a real nuisance and fight for a place in the next round. Fourth in the group, Grenada should be the only team to lose all three matches. Keep an eye here on Betarena. As the tournament gets closer and closer, we will give you plenty more betting tips at Bet365!