Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
Canada will look to sneak into the 2023 Gold Cup quarter-finals when they face Cuba at Shell Energy Stadium in the decider. The Canucks head into the decider following back-to-back draws with Guadeloupe and Guatemala and it is more than obvious that the likes of Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David, and Cyle Larin are sorely missed. Anyhow, Canada face a must-win situation in Tuesday’s clash and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Cuba. Portland Timbers defender Zac McGraw is widely expected to return to the starting XI.
Los Leones del Caribe, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-1 loss to Guadeloupe, which is probably the main reason why we are going to bet on the Canadians. To make things even worse for the nominal visitors, both Cavafe and Aldair Ruiz are banned for the last group game.
Highlighted Player (Junior Hoilett):
Junior Hoilett began his youth career at Blackburn Rovers and he spent five years at Ewood Park. After ending his loan spells with German sides Paderborn and St. Pauli Junior Hoilett returned to Blackburn Rovers and it has to be noted that he scored his first goal for the Riversiders in a pre-season friendly against Leigh Genesis.
Speaking of competitive games, the Canada international netted his first goal for Blackburn in a 3-1 League Cup victory over Gillingham. In 2012 the pacey winger joined Queens Park Rangers and he played for the capital club from 2012 to 2016. In October 2016 Junior Hoilett signed a deal with Cardiff City and he made his debut for the Championship side on October 14 against Bristol City.
Hoilett was born in Brampton, Ontario and, as a result, he represents Canada on the international stage. He made his Canada debut in a 1-1 draw with Ghana in an international friendly.
Highlighted Team (Canada):
Canada national football team played their first official match back in 1924 when they suffered a 3-2 loss to Australia in Brisbane. The following year the two teams faced each other one in Adelaide, with the Canadians managing to get their revenge on the Socceroos. The Canucks had several unsuccessful attempts to make it to the World Cup finals, but in 1986 they finally booked their place at the showpiece tournament.
Canada faced France in their opener, with Jean-Pierre Papin scoring the winner for les Tricolores in the dying minutes of the match. The Canadians were beaten by Hungary and USSR in the next two group games as well and, as a result, they failed to advance to the knockout stages.
Speaking of the team’s trophies, the Canucks won the CONCACAF Gold cup on two occasions (1985, 2000), with the team beating Honduras and Colombia respectively in the title games. Canada national football team play their home games at BMO Field and the capacity of the venue is 30,000.