Canada hang in their spot

Canada hang in their spot

Canada remains hopeful for a spot in the quarter-finals as they take on Cuba, for their final match on the group stage of the Gold Cup. Canada sits at the third of the group with two points across their names. Cuba on the other hand is at the fourth without a single point, losing all their matches, giving them early elimination. Moreover, these two teams already had 14 encounters prior to this match, with Canada getting more wins. They won nine of those 14 matches, while Cuba recorded only two wins, and drawing three. As these two teams aim for a win, this match is more crucial for Canada, as they are aiming for a spot in the quarterfinals. This meeting will be on July 5, 2023, at 6:30 AM (GMT+8).

Canada

CONCACAF Gold Cup: Canada

Canada is coming into this game with hopes of finally earning a win in their campaign, as they remain to be winless in the contest. They are from a goalless draw against Guatemala in this match, which gives them additional point. On that match, Canada actually had more possessions, so it is a wonder why they failed to score a goal. Now that they only have two points in the group, they need a maximum points here. A win in this match could give them a chance to qualify for the quarter-finals they are aiming for. Over the recent years, Canada managed to prove that they have improved a lot internationally. Talents like Alphonso Davies, and Jonathan David are one of the main reasons why Canada were able to prove themselves internationally. These two were able to lead their teams in the international stage, considering their experience.

Unfortunately though, Davies and David are both not included in their squad for the Gold Cup. Additionally, they will be also without Milan Borjan who has been ruled out in the tournament, due to an undisclosed injury.

Cuba

CONCACAF Gold Cup: Cuba
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Cuba on the other hand is also a winless team, but unlike Canada, they have yet to get a single point in their campaign. During their past two matches, they all lost to those matches, thus their place in the group standings. Cuba is from a disappointing 4-1 loss to Guadeloupe, which failed to give them the confidence for this match. Since they are without a single point, Cuba is one of the teams who face early elimination in the contest. That lone goal for Cuba is from Arichel Hernandez, who scored the penalty shot for Cuba. Moreover, coming into this match, Cuba is hoping to improve their performance from their performance last match. Although they are already an eliminated team, they are still hopeful that they could at least end their campaign positively. Cuba is looking to rely on Maikel Reyes, and Luis Paradela in this match as they are hopeful to step-up here.

Cuba will be without Aldair Ruiz, who face suspension in this match, after a red card late in their match against Guadeloupe. Moreover, Romario Torrez is hoping to have his first appearance for the senior team.

Prediction:

Canada (2.5)
Odds: -0.90

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