How many goals will Mexico score against Guatemala and who will score them? Those are the first questions heading into a 2021 Gold Cup group-stage match that El Tri is predicted to win comfortably. Of course, that was also the expectation within the group stage opener against Trinidad & Tobago on Saturday, but things didn’t quite go as planned (0-0 draw). Despite outshooting the Soca Warriors 30-4 (7-0 on target), the Mexican side really never recovered from the disturbing early injury to Hirving “Chucky” Lozano and therefore the blow of his exit from the sport and the tournament. Without Lozano, Mexico must find the rear of the internet again for quite self-confidence.
El Tri is going to be wanting to build up its goal difference mark, which is that the tiebreaker that will inherit play should it finish tied on points with the other team in A . Since El Salvador beat Guatemala 2-0 in its opener, El Tri will want to log a wider margin of victory. Head coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino also will hope a positive result can end a disappointing run of matches against CONCACAF opposition with World Cup qualifying starting in September against many of those same teams. Mexico has only won one match in its last five against the CONCACAF opposition (1-1-3 with three scoreless draws).
The pristine, expansive grass field at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and a Guatemala side ranked No. 127 within the world (vs. No. 11 for Mexico) should prove the elixir for El Tri. Los Chapines are only at the Gold Cup as a replacement for Curacao, which was ruled out due to a COVID-19 outbreak. the very fact is that they did not qualify for both the Gold Cup and therefore the final round of World Cup Qualifying. A loss will eliminate Guatemala from contention after only its second game within the tournament. Mexico vs. Guatemala Gold Cup group-stage match is going to be played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, and it’ll be broadcast on FS1 (English), Univision, and TUDN (Spanish).
Those three networks are often streamed on fuboTV (free 7-day trial). it’ll even be available to authenticated subscribers on FOX Sports and TUDN apps. additionally, to missing “Chucky” Lozano, Tata Martino (below) are going to be without backup forward Alan Pulido, who is going to be available for Sunday’s group finale against El Salvador. And center back Carlos Salcedo, who was expected to take a seat out after learning a leg injury against Trinidad & Tobago, retains his place within the lineup.
Guatemala is coached by Mexican Rafael Loredo, who only recently took over on an interim basis before the Gold Cup after Los Chapines fired their former coach following their July 6 elimination within the Gold Cup preliminary round (a penalty-kick loss to Guadeloupe). With just a couple of days at the helm, Loredo is attempting to assemble a functional squad that persisted at 0-0 for 80 minutes against El Salvador within the group opener before falling 2-0. But both the coach and his players have talked about the necessity to be more daring in attack than they were against the Salvadorans. They feel that sitting back and defending deep in their own half against Mexico will only invite more pressure, although that’s arguably inevitable against Mexico, whatever stance the Guatelamans assume. Regardless, they create five changes to the starting lineup that lost the opener.
Trinidad & Tobago chased, tackled, and threw bodies at the Mexico attack to return away with the 0-0 draw. Especially with a newly-installed head coach, Guatemala just won’t have the organization or the athleticism to stay up and to prevent a Mexico team that’s keen on reaffirming its place because of the undisputed favorite for the title. This is a press release game for Mexico and therefore the outcome shouldn’t be in question — the chances are a transparent indicator of that. The thanks to betting this game will depend on just how fierce a response you’re expecting from Mexico. Conventional soccer thinking would lead you to believe that the defending Gold Cup champs are going to be merciless, even without Lozano. therein case, the over 3.5 total goals may be a decent play. It’s unlikely that Mexico is going to be unlucky two games in a row.
The last four-goal win by Mexico against Guatemala came way back within the 2005 Gold Cup, but this Guatemalan team has been on a gentle decline and features a lot of labor to try to to to urge back to being a competitive CONCACAF side. The last meeting between the 2 teams in September 2020 finished 3-0 for Mexico (13-3 on shots) which was a Mexico team that didn’t have a prolific striker of the caliber of Rogelio Funes Mori.