Now that the club season is over for most we can switch our focus back home to North America. The Gold Cup features United States, Mexico, Canada, Jamaica, Cuba, Guadeloupe, Grenada, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, and Guatemala. The tournament will be played in the US and the Favorites are The United States and Mexico. Since its inception, The Gold Cup has been challenged 10 times with Mexico winning 5, US winning 4 and Canada winning one time.
Most games will be shown on Fox Soccer Channel or Univision. Please note that these picks should be played at 1 unit max. This is mainly for fun and action. (Line from 5Dimes, games are available in SBR Book at worse prices)
Tonight's Games 6/4/2011
Cuba +1 (+158) +959
Costa Rica -1 (-180) -275
Over 2.5 -122
Under 2.5 +107
Los Ticos will play with Saborio being the lone striker up top with Bolanos and Ruiz flanking him from wider positions. Celso Borges will be the creator at the top of the midfield as heíll look to play through the middle while spreading the ball wide. Probably a 4-5-1. This is a team with some real quality players, but Brian Ruzi of FC Twenete stands out. He is one of the stars of this tournament and can play anywhere across the top for Costa Rica. Costa Rica's defense is young and inexperienced, but their attacking prowess will be to much for Cuba.
Costa Rica have drawn 4 of their last 5 games while Cuba has lost 4 of their last 5. Costa Rica should win this game and challenge Mexico for top spot in group A. Cuba shouldn't really pick up any points in this group.
Play on Costa Rica -1 (-180)
El Salvador +2 (+111) +1929
Mexico -2 (-126) -563
Over 3 -125
Under 3 +110
Mexico is a huge favorite tonight. El Tri is expected to win the Gold Cup and anything less will be a disappointment. Last meeting between these two saw Mexico thump El Salvador 4-1. Before that encounter Mexico lost 2-1 in El Salvador. I do not see anything but a Mexico win here so the question is by how many goals.
This game is being played in Cowboy's stadium and will be filled with loud Mexican supporters. Their fans are ultras and this will be very much a 'home game.' Mexico has won 3 and draw 2 last 5 while El Salvador has won 4 and lost 1 against very poor opposition.
Mexico will play 4-4-2 with Hernadez and de Nigris up top. Creatively they will play through Dos Santos and Torrado. This team is very comfortable on the ball and tactically able to switch to a more attacking 4-2-3-1 or 4-2-1-3.
This is the best team El Tri has ever sent to the gold cup and they should batter this team. Marquez and Moreno will provide a platform at the back to go forward with and the speed of Dos Santos and Guardado will be too much down the wings. Look for Mexico to play fast and finish smarty through Hernandez.
Plays on Mexico -2 (-130) and Over 3 (-120)
Overall 0-0-0 (+/- 0)
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