Guatemala vs Antigua and Barbuda by Isaiah
Guatemala stayed at 1-1 against USA at home to their last game for the World Cup qualifiers. They had a very good game, played well, but after two games for the preliminaries, they still do not have a victory (a defeat and a draw). Generally, they showed a very good image in mid August, starting from the 3-3 draw against Paraguay, but they still do not tasted the joy of victory, something that it is vital for them tonight.
Guatemala seeks to exploit their home games now, to make a step forward and put their selves between the U.S. and Jamaica, which are the favorites to qualify. That's why their coach Hugo Almeida told his players to attack their opponents from the first minute that will result to a good score. However, Guatemala will not have on the side of a lot of people as only 6,000 tickets of the 23,000 released till yesterday. Their squad is filled with experienced players, but only three players are the ones who playing in Europe. Only Midfielder Del Agila (Oliveirense) and forward Lopez (La Serena) are missing out.
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Antigua and Barbuda had a good game against Jamaica to their last game for the World Cup qualifiers, and perhaps they deserved something more than the final 0-0. Anyway, they have no victory yet in the third qualifying round, and generally they won only one of their last seven games. The only thing that they managed to do so far is leaving some good impressions to a few games.
Like Guatemala, this is crucial game for Antigua and Barbuda too. They are located to the bottom of the group table, and they know that they will have the opportunity to believe in qualification only if they win this one. As their coach stated, anything less from qualifying to the next qualifying round will be a failure for them, so we can expect them to play more open than usual. Antigua and Barbuda the last two times they met Guatemala on their way to the World Cup twelve years ago, they lost at home 1-0 and away with 8-1. Only five players from their squad are playing in Europe and particularly in Britain. Defender McCoy (Wycombe), midfielder Mikele Leigertwood (Reading), Parker (Oldham) and Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) are all out of the squad for different reasons.
Nothing more to add, Guatemala is surely a more experienced side to this kind of games, and the fact that they are playing at home their most crucial game so far, should give them a very good advantage against a non experienced side.
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