Mexico Betting Favorite in Gold Cup Rematch with Jamaica
First place in Group C will be on the line on Thursday when Mexico takes on Jamaica in a key CONCACAF Gold Cup clash as a heavy -285 betting favorite.
El Tricolor opened the tournament with a decisive 3-1 win over El Salvador as a -500 favorite, but has struggled in recent meaningful outings, compiling a middling 3-2-2 record over their past seven international tournament and FIFA World Cup qualifying contests going into Thursday night’s matchup at Sports Authority Field.
The Mexicans claimed a berth in the semi-final at last month’s FIFA Confederations Cup by going undefeated in three group stage matches but were no match for Germany, falling 4-1 to the reigning world champions as +275 underdogs.
Mexico fared no better in its third-place matchup with Portugal two days later, dropping a 2-1 decision in extra time as a +200 underdog, and is now winless in three straight knockout stage contests at major international tournaments.
However, El Tricolor have dominated at the Gold Cup, claiming victory at three of the past four editions of the tournament, and earning seven titles since the tournament’s inception in 1991. Mexico is also unbeaten in seven straight tournament matches, outscoring opponents by a 19-7 margin.
Jamaica will be aiming to avenge a 3-1 loss to Mexico in the final of the 2015 Gold Cup when they hit the pitch for Thursday night’s matchup as a long +750 underdog.
Jamaica opened the tournament with a 2-0 clean sheet win over Curacao as -125 chalk, but have struggled with consistency in recent outings, alternating between wins and losses over their past six contests across all competitions.
Jamaica has turned in strong performances at the Gold Cup in recent years, going 9-1-2 in its past 12 tournament contests including a seven-match unbeaten streak in group stage games dating back to 2009.
However, to continue their strong Gold Cup run the Jamaicans must overcome a record of futility against Mexico dating back several decades. Jamaica has recorded just one victory in 13 clashes with Mexico dating back to 1997, including eight clean sheet defeats.
Overall, recent Jamaican matches have been low-scoring affairs, as they’ve tallied just 11 total goals over their past eight outings across all competitions. However, Jamaica has played equally stingy defense, giving up just nine total goals and recording three clean sheet victories during that stretch.