CONCACAF Gold Cup final betting: Jamaica to push USA to the wire

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Updated: July 26, 2017

CONCACAF Gold Cup final in Santa Clara, California as tournament hosts the USA take on the Reggae Boyz of Jamaica. The US haven’t hit any great heights over the past three weeks and appear significantly under-priced against the speedy Caribbeans and their in-form goalkeeper Andre Blake; overall record: 6-1-8, -2.25 units

 

CONCACAF Gold Cup final: USA v Jamaica
Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA, USA
When: Thursday, July 27, 11.30am (AET)
Prices: USA $1.50, Jamaica $7.50, DRAW $3.75

Confirmed bet: Jamaica +1/hcp (one unit @ $2.60)

TIW says: The U.S. will vie for its sixth Gold Cup title at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California (the home of the San Francisco 49ers), against surprise packets Jamaica. The United States are no stranger to the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship game, having last won the biennial tournament in 2013. After a couple of early hiccups in the group stage, they’re on a run of three straight clean sheets and waiting to see whether Clint Dempsey can turn today’s title match into his own historic moment and become the USA’s all-time leading scorer. Dempsey’s hopes of breaking the record will likely come in a supersub role.

 

That was the case when he tied Landon Donovan’s career mark in Saturday’s 2-0 semi-final victory over Costa Rica. US coach Bruce Arena has a challenge as to how he will deploy his troops in the defensive half to counter Jamaica’s speed on the counter, which gave Mexico fits all night when the Reggae Boyz stunned El Tri 1-0 on Sunday night thanks to Kemar Lawrence’s late free kick. That’s also going to make possession in the middle and attacking third a premium, meaning Michael Bradley and Kellyn Acosta will have to be spot-on in their link-up and distribution.

Jamaica are into their second straight CONCACAF Gold Cup Final, on the heels of a surprising runner-up finish in 2015 (when, it should be noted, they defeated the US in the semis). After knocking on the door two years ago, the Reggae Boyz are aiming to become the first Caribbean side to win the confederation championship. Jamaica have a huge asset in the form of goalkeeper Andre Blake (pictured below). If not for his five saves in Sunday’s goalkeeper duel with Mexico’s Jesus Corona, the Reggae Boyz don’t get past the 80th minute with a chance to win it.

 

In a country that produces world-class sprinters by the truckload, it’s no surprise that this Jamaican outfit moves the ball with plenty of speed. But that’s not enough to counter the likes of Mexico. It also takes discipline, and the defensive core of Kemar Lawrence, Jermaine Taylor, Damion Lowe and Alvas Powell have been fantastic at holding their shape. The Gold Cup may be considered a B-rate tournament, and the roster may lack much of what the United States hopes to take to Russia in 11 months, but there’s still plenty of importance attached to tonight’s match in Santa Clara.

 

Most recent results: 1-0-1, +0.2 units

Jamaica v Canada -1.5/total (one unit @ $2.30) LOSE (2-1)
Mexico WIN v Honduras (two units @ $1.60) WIN (1-0)

 

 

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Bet365 (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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