It’s been business as usual for Mexico so far at the Gold Cup. El Tri have yet to lose a match, and they can lock up first place in Group A with any sort of result against Martinique on Sunday. They have not had any sort of issue with either Cuba or Canada, and they are heavy favorites against Les Matinino. If Martinique are to advance to the knockout rounds if the Gold Cup for just the second time in their history, they almost certainly need what would be a stunning win over Mexico.
Mexico vs. Martinique
- Date and Time: June 23, 2019, 8:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
- US Television Coverage: FS1
- Betting Line: Mexico -3, O/U 4
Mexico have been the most impressive team at the Gold Cup thus far. They were responsible for the biggest blowout in this competition to date, hammering Cuba 7-0 in their opener with Uriel Antuna notching a hat trick and Raul Jimenez securing a brace, and they knocked off Canada 3-1 on Wednesday night. Roberto Alvarado opened the scoring just before halftime, and captain Andres Guardado notched a brace in the second half to seal the win.
El Tri have been incredible on the attack since Tata Martino took over as manager. Mexico have now scored at least three goals in all six of their matches under Tata this calendar year, and it’s no surprise they have won all three.
For a small island nation, Martinique are a better team than you might think. They won all four of their Nations League qualifying matches before the start of the Gold Cup, and they have tallied at least one win in four of their last five appearances in this competition. Martinique were crushed 4-0 by Canada last Saturday, but they rallied to beat Cuba 3-0 on Wednesday. Joris Marveaux, Stephane Abaul, and Kevin Fortune all scored for Les Matinino in the victory.
Mexico Player to Watch
Guardado had an excellent night against Canada on Wednesday. The midfielder is usually known for his stalwart play and ability to set up teammates, but he took things into his own hands to put Mexico into the knockout rounds. His first goal of the match was a golazo. Guardado fired a beautiful strike from about 25 yards out that left the goalkeeper helpless and put Mexico up 2-1. Guardado’s second goal was largely the result of Uriel Antuna’s hustle, but he was the one that put the ball in the back of the net, and he should play a big role here.
Martinique Player to Watch
Kevin Parsemain is currently tied with Johan Welter as Martinique’s all-time leading scorer with 34 goals. He is the most talented player on the roster, and he was set to spend at least one season with the Seattle Sounders before a torn ACL caused him to miss nearly all of the 2014 campaign. Parsemain has dominated Martinique’s domestic league, and he would love to set the all-time record against Mexico.
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Mexico vs. Martinique Free Picks
This is going to be a blowout. Most of Martinique’s players play for local clubs, and they have no real experience against top tier teams. Mexico have been in rare form under Tata, so I don’t see them letting up even if they decide to play a number of reserves to keep his roster fresh. A win for Mexico will likely give them a great draw against either Haiti or Nicaragua in the quarterfinals.
Mexico vs. Martinique Prediction: Mexico 4, Martinique 0
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