Gold Cup Game Preview: USA vs Martinique (Wed, Jul 12)
At Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay Florida – the United States will take on Martinique in the Group Stage of the Gold Cup. This is played on Wednesday July 12th, 2017. Both of these squads are part of Group B where Panama and Nicaragua also compete. The updated soccer betting odds for this second game put the USA ahead of Martinique by 2-goals.
Both teams need to score a victory to seal their ticket to the next round. The United States tied Panama in their first matchup, getting outplayed in Nashville over the weekend. For Martinique, they came away with a 2-0 win over Nicaragua. The goals scored by Martinique were scored by Kevin Parsemain and Steeven Langil. The United States listed at -506, while Martinique at +1111.
USA vs Martinique, CONCACAF Gold Cup Group stage
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 12, 7:00 PM.
Venue: Raymond James Stadium.
Odds: USA -2 -103, ML -506-, Game Total 3 (Over -119, Under -113). Draw: +553
Head Coach Bruce Arena was not pleased with their performance in the first matchup. They were happy to move on to the next game without losing, as poorly as they played. Kellyn Acosta and Dax McCarty did not play their best, unlike when they battled against Ghana. The lone goal for the American’s was in the 50th minute when Dom Dwyer scored, but besides that play, the U.S was not really aggressive.
The USA only possessed the ball 51% of the time which was one of the biggest surprises of the event. In their 4-2-3-1 formation, the Americans recorded 12 shots on goal. They did get 17 crosses in the game, which is a bit of a shot of good news.
The fans of Martinique are pretty pleased with their opening performance. Now, they have performances against the United States and Panama, where they are going to be pretty large underdogs. Martinique saw goals from Kevin Parsemain and Steeven Langil in the win. Langil picked up 2 shots on goal in 25 minutes of play.
This is just the second time in the history of the Gold Cup that Martinique has played the USA team. Back in 2003, the teams met up in Foxboro and the Americans won 2-0. Martinique will need big plays from their defenders, with Sebastien Cretinoir and Jordy Delem being the biggest keys.
Prediction: USA Blanks Martinique
While soccer isn’t precisely a dominant sport for the United States, Bruce Arena and his team are used to play a much better game than the islanders. They are used to a deal with stronger rivals such as Mexico or Costa Rica and that will give the U.S an advantage over its rival, even if the team did not look good in the push against Panama. One thing is for sure: The U.S will come out quicker on offense, and be more aggressive, and attack the net and make Martinique goaltender work.
If you are planning to bet on this game, it’s hard to imagine betting on the underdog. Sure, a win for them would be monster money, but it’s jut simply not going to happen. The final bet for this match is USA’s Money Line and the Over.