Nicaragua vs USA by PatrickBateman

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In this CONCACAF Gold Cup fixture Nicaragua and USA will face each other at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

 

Nicaragua are last in Groub B after two games with 0 points. They have only theoretical chances to go through as one of two best third-placed teams, but for that they will need victory with at least couple of goals and then hope for other results to go in their favour. That is very unrealistic and this game will be more about theim trying to leave the tournament with their heads held high. They lost to Martinique in their most important game 2:0, which was deserved as Martnique dominated them. After that they proved to be tough opposition against Panama, even taking the lead thanks to moment of inspiration from Chavarria. However, in a matter of minutes Panama scored two goals, making sure Nicaragua doesn`t surprise them. Nicaragua had good attacking phases in that game, even though their goal came as a result of individual move, but overall their defense has been pretty weak. Nicaragua will be in full strength for this game.

 

USA are leading Group B with 4 points and better goal difference than Panama, but their performances have been far from convincing ones. In the first game they played 1:1 with Panama, and even though they were first ones to score, Panama were much more dangerous team, and only thanks to Guzan USA stayed undefeated. Martinique game once again revealed all USA`s defensive flaws, and they were lucky to leave with three points. After scoreless first half, we saw five goals being scored between 54th and 76th minute. USA got to 2:0 in 64th, but Martinique managed to level the score in the next ten minutes, with the help from luck but also bad reactions from Guzan and USA`s back line. However, right after Martinique`s second goal Morris found a net for the second time to give USA much needed three points. Arena will have full squad at his disposal.

 

Nicaragua are minnows who are appearing in this tournament only for a second time, while USA are one of the best teams in CONCACAF federation. USA have come here with their B-team, and they have been looking very unconvincing, but they are without a doubt clear favourites. They will be looking for a victory here to secure first place in the group which will then bring them easier opponents in the quarterfinals, and since Arena rested some players in the last match, USA should be pretty strong. Nicaragua`s chances are purely theoretical, bordering with impossible, but they will still be eager to present themselves the best way they can. However, easy loss to Martinique, and defeat to Panama who looked like they are playing just as much as they need to, won`t fill them with confidence. USA need to find their game quickly before the knockout phase starts, and I think they will do that here. They need a win, and despite problems in defense, their attack should give them comfortable victory against far-from-solid Nicaragua`s back line. Therefore, I will pick USA with -2 asian handicap, as I believe they can win with at least two goals here.

 

Good luck!

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Pick Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
USA -2 AH Pinnacle 1.85 8 0-3 WON (+6.8 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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