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Prediction: Guatemala vs Mexico

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions 13 Jul 2021

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Verdict: Mexico to score in both halves

Best Odds: 4/7

Bookmaker: Unibet

Two nations who are still looking to pick up their first victory at this year’s Gold Cup, defending champions Mexico and Guatemala will meet at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas this week.

Guatemala

Starting with Guatemala, while they might have managed to open this year’s Gold Cup riding a real high, they failed to lay much of a glove on El Salvador. Hugely outplayed when they made the trip to the Toyota Stadium earlier in the week, interim boss Rafael Loredo saw his side get hit with a deserved 2-0 defeat in their Group A opener. Only managing to snatch a spot at this year’s tournament as a late replacement and with no time to complete any real preparations, it is no surprise that Los Chapines are tipped as a landslide underdog to make any kind of impact. Thinking that they had missed out on a spot at the Gold Cup after their stunning penalties defeat against Guadeloupe earlier in the month, Guatemala know that they face another huge task on Thursday. Facing off against the defending champions and previously getting hit with a 3-0 drumming when they last met Mexico nine months ago, Loredo’s side could be bracing themselves for a long trip to Dallas in midweek.

Team News

Veteran striker Jairo Arreola is once again expected to lead Guatemala’s charge in the early hours of Thursday morning.

After starting with a back-three against El Salvador last time out, the trio of Moises Hernandez, Jose Pinto and Gerardo Gordillo are expected to once again get the nod.

Mexico

As for Mexico, while the defending Gold Cup champions might have put in a largely dominant display in their Group A opener last weekend, The Tricolor had to settle for what was a disappointing point. Facing off against Trinidad and Tobago at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Gerardo Martino’s men were held to a rugged 0-0 stalemate, despite doing everything but find the net. However, despite what might be tipped as a minor hiccup last time out, they have made their way to this year’s tournament coming off the back of some eye-catching displays. Signing off their preparations with a thumping 4-0 win against Nigeria in a friendly showdown, the one-time Argentina boss has seen his side largely impress since he took charge back in 2019. Smelling a golden chance in midweek, it should also be noted that Mexico have now recorded four clean sheets on the spin and have not conceded a single shot on target in their last three games.

Team News

In a real blow for Mexico, attacking star Hirving Lozano will miss Thursday’s matchup following a head injury last weekend.

Porto striker Jesus Corona should lead the line this week, despite failing to find the net in his last three matchups on the bounce.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Thursday’s opponents faced off in a friendly contest nine months ago, Mexico picked up a 3-0 win.
    • The defending Gold Cup champions have recorded four clean sheets on the bounce.
    • Likewise, Mexico have not conceded a single shot on their own goal in their last three contests.
    • Guatemala opened their Group A campaign with a 2-0 defeat against El Salvador.
    • Los Chapines have failed to record a single goal in any of their last three meetings against Thursday’s opponents.

    Conclusion

    While Mexico might have had to settle for a 0-0 stalemate against Trinidad and Tobago last weekend, there is no doubt that the defending Gold Cup champions are smelling a golden chance in midweek. Still tipped as a landslide pick to skyrocket their way out of Group A, The Tricolor did show glimpses of their best last time out. Landing themselves that thumping 3-0 win when they faced off against Guatemala nine months ago, it is hard to see anything other than a similar outcome for Gerardo Martino’s men in Dallas.

    Verdict: Mexico to score in both halves

    Best Odds: 4/7

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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