2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup match between Mexico and Canada

Monday, June 17th, 2019

By Jonathan Willis
CONCACAF Gold Cup Mexico vs Canada

The two favorites in Group A will meet on Wednesday night in a match that will almost certainly determine the winner of the group. Mexico are hefty favorites against Canada. El Tri has a 20-8-3 soccer betting record against Canada, and they haven’t lost to the Canucks since 2000. That was they year Canada won their one and only Gold Cup, so a win here would leave Canadians dreaming of second title.

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Mexico vs. Canada

  • Date and Time: June 19, 2019, 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado
  • US Television Coverage: FS1
  • Betting Line: Mexico -1.5 and -2, O/U 3

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Canada looked sharp coming into the Gold Cup, winning five straight matches before the start of the competition. They didn’t face the region’s heavyweights, but they did pick up a 2-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago in a closed-door friendly last week.

The Canucks were pitted against Martinique in their first match, and they made mincemeat of the small French island in the West Indies. Canada fired 12 shots on net, and this match was decided midway through the second half. Jonathan David netted a brace, while Junior Hoilett scored in the 63rd minute and Scott Arfield scored in the 67th minute in a 4-0 Canada win that covered the Gold Cup betting line.

Mexico have been in great form thus far in 2019, and they are pouring in the goals. El Tri scored a combined 13 goals against four South American countries in four wins prior to the start of the Gold Cup, and they have kept things rolling.

This team completely outclassed Cuba from the opening whistle in their first game on Saturday. It took less than two minutes for Uriel Antuna to score, and the LA Galaxy midfielder finished the night with a hat trick. Wolverhampton’s Raul Jimenez added a brace, while Alexis Vega and Diego Reyes notched goals too in a 7-0 win.

Mexico Player to Watch

Tata Martino has put a lot of faith in his younger, more inexperienced players, and that faith was rewarded against Cuba with the play of Antuna. The 21-year-old was flawless on the day. It didn’t take too much effort to knock in any of his three goals, but he proved that the moment wasn’t too big for him. He was constantly in the right position, and he even bagged an assist near the end of the match too.

Canada Player to Watch

Jonathan David is a future star for the Canadian national team. David is just 19 years old, but he played like a cagey veteran in his first Gold Cup appearance with the Canucks. He was constantly pressing the attack and forcing the issue against Martinique’s back line, and David was eventually awarded with two goals for his efforts. He now has six goals in five appearances for the national team.

Mexico vs. Canada Free Picks

Martino’s squad will give up some chances. Although Cuba was unable to test Guillermo Ochoa in their opening match, Canada are far more dangerous on the attack. They will find ways to test this back line, and I believe they will be able to net at least one goal.

However, that won’t be enough. Mexico have been tenacious on the attack, and Canada won’t be able to do much to slow them down. They play off of each other well, as Raul Jimenez does the hard work up top, leaving the other two forwards to make daring runs. El Tri will earn the three points and the cover here.

Mexico vs. Canada Prediction: Mexico 4, Canada 1

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