Mexico v Jamaica Preview & Tips
Both of these sides will be confident of building on their opening-day wins when they meet on Friday
July 12th, 2017
These two nations last met in the 2015 final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, however this latest meeting carries almost as much importance with the winner guaranteed a place in the knockout stage of the tournament.
Mexico ran-out 3-1 winners in the 2015 meeting and since then they have won the subsequent three clashes with Jamaica enjoying just a solitary victory against the Mexicans in thirteen outings. The reigning Gold Cup champions got their campaign off to an excellent start when they defeated El Salvador with Orbelin Pineda, Hedgardo Marin and Elias Hernandez scoring the goals for Mexico, however whilst El Tri have now lost just once in their last eleven games in normal time, boss Juan Carlos Osario will be urging his men to maintain the momentum on Friday.
For their part, Jamaica went into this competition on a dismal run of three winless games and with debutants Curacao keeping them at bay for almost an hour in their opening Gold Cup match they looked in danger of extending that winless run. Nevertheless goals from Romario Williams and Darren Mattocks ensured that the points went to Jamaica and coach Theodore Whitmore will demand that his side come off the starting blocks with more urgency against the reigning champions.
Either way we expect a closely-fought affair in Denver although Mexico possess the edge in terms of quality and experience and this will send them to a narrow win on Friday.