A couple of Gold Cup underdogs with a shot, Jamaica and Costa Rica, play group stage matches on Friday. Jamaica goes against Guadeloupe a -1 ½ favorite on the handicap. Costa Rica is a -1 ½ handicap chalk over Suriname. Can Los Ticos nab their second Gold Cup victory? Will Jamaica cover against underdog Guadeloupe? Check out spread Gold Cup odds, analysis, and free picks for Jamaica versus Guadeloupe and Costa Rica against Suriname.
CONCACAF 2021 Gold Cup Matches to Bet On July 16th
Gold Cup Group Stage Matches
- When: Tuesday, July 10 – Tuesday, July 20
Jamaica -1 ½ (-117) vs Guadeloupe +1 ½ (-113)
- When: Friday, July 16
In their first two matches this year, Guadeloupe played great. Facing the Bahamas on July 3 in a CONCACAF Gold Cup Qualifying match, Guadeloupe scored 2 goals and held the Bahamas to 0. In their second Gold Cup qualifying contest, Guadeloupe beat Guatemala via penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie.
Guadeloupe entered the Gold Cup with momentum. Unfortunately for them, Guadeloupe faced a fired up Los Ticos squad in their first match, falling 1-3 to Costa Rica.
Before facing Suriname in their first Gold Cup game, Jamaica hadn’t played great in a couple of international friendly matches in March and June. On March 25, the U.S. beat Jamaica 4-1. Then in an international friendly versus Serbia on June 7, the Jamaicans drew 1-1.
On July 12 against Suriname, though, the Jamaicans played a great match. The favorite in this beat Suriname 2-0. Guadeloupe should be a better team than Suriname. But that doesn’t mean the underdog can hang with Jamaica. Give the chalk the handicap nod.
Soccer Pick: Jamaica
Costa Rica -1 ½ (-142) vs Suriname +1 ½ (+108)
- When: Friday, July 16
From March 24 through June 4, Suriname played like a Gold Cup underdog to watch. The underdog in this match played in three World Cup Qualifying matches and won all three. Suriname beat the Cayman Islands 3-0, they bested Aruba 6-0, and they took down Bermuda 6-0.
Suriname was flying high, but a WC qualifier versus Canada on June 8 brought them back to earth. The Canadians drubbed Suriname 4-0. In their first Gold Cup match, Suriname fell 0-2 to Jamaica.
Costa Rica brought the opposite form into their first Gold Cup match. While Suriname had played like an underdog contender, Costa Rica had played like a team that had no chance to move to the knockout stage.
Los Ticos had lost 4 straight, including an 0-4 defeat to the United States in an international friendly on June 9. Costa Rica bounced back big time in their match against Guadeloupe, dominating their opponents with 3 goals.
Joel Campbell, Ariel Lassiter, Celso Borges scored for Los Ticos. Those three played great as did the entire Costa Rican squad. CR should have no trouble getting past Suriname. Another 3-0 or 3-1 Gold Cup victory for Los Ticos appears to be the likeliest outcome.
Soccer Pick: Costa Rica
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