It is the season of international cup competitions. After successfully concluding the Copa America 2021 and the UEFA Euro 2020, North America’s elite competition, the CONCACAF Gold Cup has kicked off.
16 teams drawn into four groups will battle for the title. Two teams will qualify from each group into the quarterfinals.
Two of the tournament favourites, Canada and the USA have been placed in group B. Both teams should do enough to progress at the expense of Haiti and Manique.
Mexico under Argentine manager, Tata Martino will be desperate to defend the title they won in 2019. However, they managed to finish second in the CONCACAF Nations League.
Qatar is the invited guest from Asia to compete in this edition.
This competition looks sure to produce plenty of excitement and drama. Here are four well-analysed bet options in the group stages to help punters earn great rewards on their bets
Mexico To Keep A Clean Sheet
By Mexico’s extremely high standards, a second-place finish in the Nations League was disappointing.
Martino’s men were drawn alongside El Salvador, Guatemala and Trinidad and Tobago. However, they struggled to breach the defence of the Soca Warriors. They endured a goalless draw.
The 2019 North America Champions are the most successful in the tournament. This increases the pressure on the team.
They possess overwhelming quality in every aspect of the pitch. Andres Guardado, Hirving Lozano, Jonathan dos will prove key for El Tri.
It is a very smart option to bet on Mexico to keep a clean sheet in their remaining matches in the group stages having kept four in their last four matches.
USA To Win
The USA will be brimming with confidence after their recent Nations League win.
In the past few years, the United States has been home to very good talents playing in top clubs around Europe. Sergino Dest, Christian Pulisic and Giovanni Reyna readily come to mind. The aforementioned players were not called up by coach Gregg Berhalter. However, the quality of players in the squad should do enough to breeze through this stage.
They are in group B alongside Canada, Haiti and Martinique and managed a one-nil win against Les Grenadiers.
Berhalter’s men have won their last four matches, including a 3-2 extra-time win against Mexico in the Nations League.
They next play lowly Martinique before the big encounter against Canada. Backing them to win both matches is a particularly rewarding option for punters.
Over 2.5 Goals In Matches Involving Costa Rica
Costa Rica is one of the stronger and consistent teams in Concacaf. Their performance at the 2014 World Cup where they went as far as the quarterfinals remain their highest achievement.
Few players that featured at that tournament in Brazil have made the cut for this finals. 35-year-old Bryan Ruiz is leading the team. Former Arsenal forward, Joel Campbell will look to add credibility to the attack line.
The Ticos won the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League. They have been drawn in Group C which features Suriname, Jamaica and Guadaloupe.
Luis Fernando Suarez’s men have recorded three over 2.5 goals in their last five matches.
This is a must-have option for any smart punter interested in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Over 5.5 Corners In Matches Involving Honduras
Honduras has made steady improvements, year after year on the continent.
They clinched third place at the just concluded Concaf Gold Cup after defeating Costa Rica 5-4 on penalties.
Coach Fabian Coito favours a particularly robust style of play, evident in his traditional 4-4-2 formation. 25-year-old Edwin Solano is tasked with the job of taking defenders on owing to his brilliant pace. This forces opposing defenders into conceding corners.
Los Catrachos, as they fondly called recorded an average of nine corners in their last four matches. They are grouped alongside Panama, Qatar and Grenada in this tournament.
Staking on over 5.5 corners in matches involving Honduras is a tantalising bet option that looks sure to earn punters great rewards.