What number of objectives will Mexico rating towards Guatemala and who will rating them? These are the first questions heading right into a 2021 Gold Cup group-stage match that El Tri is anticipated to win comfortably.
After all, that was additionally the expectation within the group stage opener towards Trinidad & Tobago on Sunday, however issues didn’t fairly go as deliberate (0-0 draw). Regardless of outshooting the Soca Warriors 30-4 (7-0 heading in the right direction), the Mexican facet actually by no means recovered from the disturbing early harm to Hirving “Chucky” Lozano and the blow of his exit from the sport and the event.
With out Lozano, Mexico wants to search out the again of the web once more for greater than self-confidence. El Tri will probably be keen to construct up its purpose distinction mark, which is the tiebreaker that may come into play ought to it end tied on factors with some other workforce in Group A. Since El Salvador beat Guatemala 2-0 in its opener, El Tri will need to log a wider margin of victory.
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Head coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino can even hope a optimistic consequence can finish a disappointing run of matches towards CONCACAF opposition with World Cup qualifying beginning in September towards many of those similar groups. Mexico has solely received a single match in its final 5 towards CONCACAF opposition (1-1-3 with three scoreless attracts).
The pristine, expansive grass subject on the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and a Guatemala facet ranked No. 127 on the planet (vs. No. 11 for Mexico) ought to show the elixir for El Tri. Los Chapines are solely on the Gold Cup as a substitute for Curacao, which was dominated out due to a COVID-19 outbreak. The actual fact is that they did not qualify for each the Gold Cup and the ultimate spherical of World Cup Qualifying. A loss will get rid of Guatemala from competition after solely its second sport within the event.
Find out how to watch Mexico vs. Guatemala
- Date: Wednesday, July 14
- Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
- TV Channels: FS1
- Spanish-language TV: Univision, TUDN
- Streaming: fuboTV; FOX Sports activities & TUDN apps for authenticated subscribers
The Mexico vs. Guatemala Gold Cup group-stage match will probably be performed on the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, and will probably be broadcast on FS1 (English), Univision and TUDN (Spanish).
These three networks may be streamed on fuboTV (free 7-day trial). It can even be out there to authenticated subscribers on FOX Sports activities and TUDN apps.
Mexico vs. Guatemala projected lineups
Along with lacking “Chucky” Lozano, Tata Martino (beneath) will probably be with out back-up ahead Alan Pulido, who will probably be out there for Sunday’s group finale towards El Salvador. And middle again Carlos Salcedo is anticipated to sit down out after choosing up a leg harm towards Trinidad & Tobago, with Hector Moreno projected to take his place.
Guatemala is coached by Mexican Rafael Loredo, who solely just lately took over on an interim foundation forward of the Gold Cup after Los Chapines fired their former coach following their July 6 elimination within the Gold Cup preliminary spherical (a penalty-kick loss to Guadeloupe).
With only a few days on the helm, Loredo is making an attempt to assemble a useful squad which held on at 0-0 for 80 minutes towards El Salvador within the group opener earlier than falling 2-0. However each the coach and his gamers have talked concerning the have to be extra daring in assault than they had been towards the Salvadorans. They really feel that sitting again and defending deep in their very own half towards Mexico will solely invite extra stress, though that’s arguably inevitable towards Mexico, no matter stance the Guatelamans assume.
Mexico (4-3-3, left to proper): Alfredo Talavera-GK — Jesus Gallardo, Hector Moreno, Nestor Araujo, Luis Rodríguez — Hector Herrera, Edson Alvarez, Erick Gutierrez — Orbelin Pineda, Rogelio Funes Mori, Jesus “Tecatito” Corona
Guatemala (5-2-3, left to proper): Nicholas Hagen-GK — Jose Alfredo Morales Concua, Moises Hernandez, Jose Carlos Pinto, Gerardo Gordillo, Stheven Robles — Marco Dominguez, Jorge Aparicio — Jair Arreola, Luis Martinez, Marvin Ceballos
Mexico vs. Guatemala: Odds & prediction
Trinidad & Tobago chased, tackled and threw our bodies on the Mexico assault to come back away with the 0-0 draw. Particularly with a newly-installed head coach, Guatemala simply received’t have the group or the athleticism to maintain up and to cease a Mexico workforce that’s eager on reaffirming its place because the undisputed favourite for the title.
It is a assertion sport for Mexico and the ultimate consequence ought to not be in query — the percentages are a transparent indicator of that. The best way to guess this sport will hinge on simply how fierce a response you’re anticipating from Mexico.
Typical soccer pondering would lead you to consider that the defending Gold Cup champs will probably be cruel, even with out Lozano. In that case, the over 3.5 whole objectives is an honest play. It’s unlikely that Mexico will probably be unfortunate two video games in a row.
The final four-goal win by Mexico towards Guatemala got here manner again within the 2005 Gold Cup, however this Guatemalan workforce has been on a gentle decline and has loads of work to do to get again to being a aggressive CONCACAF facet. The final assembly between the 2 groups in September 2020 completed 3-0 for Mexico (13-3 on pictures) and that was a Mexico workforce that didn’t have a prolific striker of the caliber of Rogelio Funes Mori.
Prediction: Mexico 4, Guatemala 0
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
- Mexico to win: -2000
- Draw: +1600
- Guatemala to win: +3000
- Over 3.5 whole objectives: -115
- Mexico -3 Asian Handicap: -110
- Mexico -1.25 First Half Asian Handicap: -125