The CONCACAF Gold Cup continues on Sunday evening when the second match in Group A takes place along with the two opening games in Group B on a night where we will find out a lot more about the challengers for the tournament.
All three matches are live on TV for us to enjoy throughout the evening and into the early hours and like most games in this part of the world they can all be viewed at the bookmakers who offer live streaming on football.
Trinidad & Tobago vs Saint Kitts and Nevis (20.30 – Viaplay Sports 1)
The opening match on Sunday evening is the second game in Group A where two Caribbean teams meet as Trinidad and Tobago look to roll back the years when they host a Saint Kitts and Nevis side who came through two penalty shootouts to make it here.
That in itself shows the spirit in the Saint Kitts and Nevis ranks and in Romaine Sawyers they might well have the best individual on the pitch here, although a few of the Trinidad and Tobago players will rightly dispute that. Trinidad and Tobago are ranked the highest of these two teams which might prove to be significant but they are warm favourites here. There is the chance that the qualifying matches will catch up with Saint Kitts and Nevis in the Floridian heat which would play into the hands of the higher ranked side but something tells me this will be closer than the odds suggest so I’ll take a watching brief in this one.
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Haiti vs Qatar (23.00 – Viaplay Xtra)
The second match of the evening will be the opening game in Group B and with Mexico expected to dominate this section both Haiti and Qatar will know there is no room for defeat in this one if they want to make the knockout stages.
Haiti have been in good form in the last year or so winning their last five matches in the Nations League, albeit in the level below the top ranks. They have scored a lot of goals in those games so while they are up a level in class in this competition they will still go into it full of confidence and believing that they can do some damage. Qatar will look to put a disappointing World Cup behind them. They have already gone out and hired Carlos Quieroz to improve them and it will be interesting to see how much impact he has made on what was a tactically inept side in their own tournament at the back end of 2022. Quieroz is known for his defensive setup and I suspect we will see Qatar look to be defensive and spring on the attack but in the heat of Houston that is a dangerous game to play. I suspect the longer this one goes the more it might open up in the conditions and I fancy both teams to find the net in a clash they know they really need to win with Mexico to come for them.
Mexico vs Honduras (01.00 – Viaplay Sports 2)
The pick of the matches on Sunday evening is the third to kick off when tournament favourites Mexico go up against a Honduras side who will want to show that they still have something to offer in what is the start of three very big years in this region.
Mexico haven’t completely gone down the route of the other major teams in this competition and rested all of their stars and they will have something to prove after losing out in the semi-final of the Nations League last weekend. That came off the back of a disappointing World Cup campaign so all eyes will be on Mexico in this match. In many ways Honduras have nothing to lose here. They know the two supposedly easier matches to come are ahead of them so if they can get anything out of this one it will be a bonus. I fancy Mexico to win here but I’d like to see a convincing performance out of them. However this game plays out I suspect the referee is going to have his hands full here. Mexico took part in a Nations League semi-final last week which had nine yellow cards and four reds in it and then the third placed play-off had 11 yellows. Honduras are no stranger to a card or two and in the intense heat in Houston it wouldn’t be a surprise if tempers boil over here. The over 45 booking points has been covered in the last three competitive matches between these two in the last two years and with a Guatemalan referee who sent the Wales goalkeeper off at the World Cup in charge here I expect the cards to flow.
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