Mexico will be under immense pressure to perform in Gold Cup Group C

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Andrew Ryan
BETCRIS Gold Cup Soccer Betting Mexico Soccer Team

Following what will largely be looked upon as a failure at the Confederations Cup, Juan Carlos Osorio probably has to perform here at the Gold Cup for Mexico if he wants to keep his job for much longer. El Tri shouldn't have any issues in Group C, though there isn't that one team that you'd figure will provide an absolutely certain three points either.

Mexico +150 – This Mexican side is far from complete. None of the men who traveled to Russia are going to be playing in the Gold Cup, proof that this tournament is far from important. That said, the Mexican media isn't going to care all that much. Osorio is expected to produce dominant results in CONCACAF no matter the shape of his team, and no one is going to care that he doesn't have a striker with more than nine career appearances or a single outfield player older than 30. The pressure is going to be on Jose de Jesus Corona in the Mexico net for sure. He's the elder statesman of the bunch at 36 years old, and he has 44 career appearances, more than almost everyone else on the team combined if you take out reserve keeper, Moises Munoz and defenseman, Hugo Ayala.

El Salvador +6600 – It's been a while since El Salvador was truly relevant on the international stage. That said, the team is playing in its sixth straight Gold Cup, and it has managed at least two points from the group stage in all of those efforts. This year figures to not be an exception to the rule. This El Salvadorian team has three key players from the New York Cosmos, striker, Irvin Herrera and midfielders, Andres Flores and Richard Menjivar. These three are going to be instrumental in the Gold Cup for sure, and if they aren't able to play at a high level, there will be a chance that this group could overrun the club.

Curacao +50000 – Curacao is an interesting club for sure. The team had never qualified for two straight Caribbean Cups and had never won a match in the event before this year. This time around, it was the champion of the event and made it to the Gold Cup for the first time since back in 1973 when the event largely meant nothing. This club is fielding players all over the world at this point. Feliticiano Zschusschen plays his club soccer in Germany, but most important is the fact that he has nine goals for Curacao in 11 career matches. His running mate up front, Gino van Kessel, has seven goals in 14 appearances, and he's a key cog for Slavia Praha. Even Leandro Bacuna, who plays his club soccer at Aston Villa, has four goals in 10 showings in the midfield. Of course, scoring against fellow Caribbean clubs and doing damage in the Gold Cup are two different things, but if we had to guess, Curacao will get at least a point in these three matches.

Jamaica +2500 – The Reggae Boyz are being overstated here after their second place finish in the Gold Cup two years ago. Sure, they upset a United States team that was a lot more serious than the one that is coming to this tournament this year, but that was largely a fluky match. The results for Jamaica largely haven't been great since that point, including losing to Curacao in shocking form in the Caribbean Cup final back in June. There are some players who have played some big matches for the Reggae Boyz in this lineup, including Darren Mattocks and Jermaine Johnson up front and one of the heroes of that U.S. match two years ago in Atlanta, Je-Vaughn Watson in the midfield.

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