Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
After impressing in the CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers, Canada will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host Martinique at Rose Bowl. The Canucks scored 18 goals in total in previous four games in all competitions and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Martinique. Junior Hoilett is the team’s key player and all eyes will be on the Cardiff City winger when the two teams face each other in Pasadena.
Les Matinino, on the other hand, are on a four-game winning run ahead of Sunday’s football match and we predict that they are capable of holding the Canadians to a draw at Rose Bowl. Under 2.5 goals have been netted in each of their last three meetings in all competitions and we do not believe that fans will see goals galore in the Group A opener.
Highlighted Player (Scott Arfield):
Despite being born in Dechmont, Scotland, Scott Arfield represents Canada on the international stage. Arfield, though, played for Scotland U19 and U21 teams in the past and he made one appearance for Scotland B as well. Scott’s father, though, was born in Toronto, Canada and that is the main reason why he decided to play for the Canada national football team.
The Burnley midfielder made his Canada debut on March 25, 2016 in a 3-0 loss to Mexico. Scott Arfield began his club career at Falkirk and he scored 13 goals in 108 appearances in the league for the Scottish club. In 2010 he signed a deal with Huddersfield Town and he played for the Terriers from until 2013.
As previously mentioned, Arfield currently wear’s Burnley shirt, meaning that he is enjoying the Premier League football. You should bear in mind that the Scottish midfielder netted one goal for Burnley in the 2016/2017 season. He found the net in a 2-1 win over Everton on October 10, 2016.
Highlighted Team (Martinique):
Martinique are a national football team controlled by Ligue de Football de Martinique. Les Matinino qualified for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, with the team booking their place at the final of the competition for the fifth time.
Martinique made it to the quarter-finals of the Gold Cup in 2002 and that is considered the team’s biggest success at the CONCACAF Championship. In 1993, though, les Matinino did well to win the Carribean Cup as they defeated Jamaica on penalties in the title game. The likes of Kevin Parsemain and Cretinoir Sebastien are considered one of the most famous footballers that played for the Martinique national football team.
Jean-Sylvain Babin, who played in La Liga for the likes of Granada and Sporting Gijon is yet another notable player who represented Martinique on the international stage. Les Matinino play their home games at Stade Pierre Aliker Dillon and the capacity of the stadium is 16,300 people.