Group C CONCACAF Gold Cup action wraps up at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina with a doubleheader on Wednesday, July 15. The second game features Trinidad and Tobago against Mexico. The group hasn’t been settled yet as Trinidad and Tobago leads it with six points from a pair of wins while Mexico sits in second place with four points from a win and a draw. Guatemala is in third with a single point from a draw and Cuba occupies the basement with a pair of defeats. This is the third and final group stage game for Group C nations and it also wraps up the group stage of the tournament. The top two teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals along with the two best third-place teams.
2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Betting Preview – Mexico vs Trinidad and Tobago
- bet365 currently lists Mexico as the favorites to win this match at 2/7 with Trinidad and Tobago 10/1 and a 90-minute draw at 4/1
- Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago have met each other 20 times in the past with Mexico racking up 13 wins, four losses and three draws. Trinidad has won just twice in their last 15 encounters.
Even though the final Group C standings still have to be decided, Trinidad and Tobago will certainly advance to the quarterfinals as either the group winners or runners-up. This is due to their 3-1 win over Guatemala in their opening match last Thursday and their 2-0 victory against Cuba on July 12 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Trinidad and Tobago jumped into a 1-0 lead against Cuba when defender Sheldon Bateau beat Cuban goalkeeper Diosvelis Guerra in the 17th minute from six yards out. They then wrapped up the three points just three minutes before the halftime whistle when midfielder Andre Boucaud made it 2-0.
Mexico won their first match rather handily as they thumped a shorthanded Cuban side 6-0 last Thursday. But they ran into a roadblock as the couldn’t break down Guatemala and had to settle for a 0-0 draw in Glendale. This disappointed Mexican fans since their side had 80 per cent of the ball and outshot Guatemala 19-3. In addition, Mexico also played the final 14 minutes of the game and the five minutes of injury time with en extra man as midfielder Jose Contreras of Guatemala was thrown out of the match the 76th minute after receiving his second yellow card in a span of two minutes.
The Mexico vs Trinidad and Tobago match is basically for first place in Group C. With four points, Mexico has realistically advanced to the quarterfinals along with Trinidad, even if they go through as a third-place team. This means the game could either be an all-out, end-to-end affair as both teams go for the win, or it could be a dull contest since neither nation wants to pick up any injuries. Mexico should have their hands full with a skilled Trinidadian side though and this could be an intriguing encounter. Both teams have some fine offensive players and their defenses aren’t too shabby either. Trinidad heads into the fixture with five goals scored and one allowed while Mexico has scored six and has yet to concede.
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