Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
David faces Goliath at Exploria Stadium as Costa Rica and Guadeloupe take on each other in the Gold Cup Group C opener. Los Ticos are eyeing their fourth Gold Cup trophy, and they should take advantage of the fact that USA will be without star players at the upcoming tournament. Both Joel Campbell and Bryan Ruiz, made the cut for Costa Rica, and we are positive that the duo will pose a big threat to the opposition defenders.
Guadeloupe, on the other hand, booked their place at the Gold Cup finals for the fourth time in the national team’s history. Given their five-game losing run at the tournament, we do not believe that the underdogs are capable of making a miracle in Orlando. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Raphael Mirval, who has netted 7 goals in 9 appearances for the national team.
Highlighted Player (Keylor Navas):
Keylor Navas is an exceptionally gifted goal keeper who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Costa Rica national team. The 29-year-old rose through the youth ranks at Saprissa before making his professional bow with them in 2005.
After a successful stint with them, he ventured into Spanish football with a move to Albacete and then to Levante. His exploits at Levante earned him a move to Real Madrid where he quickly established as a first-team regular. Despite coming within seconds of moving away from the club to accommodate David de Gea, Navas became a crowd favorite with outstanding displays in 2015-16 season.
Navas has played over 60 games for Costa Rica having made his debut in 2008. He has represented them at the 2014 FIFA World Cup where Costa Rica were a losing quarter-finalists. Their progress in the tournament is largely attributed to the success of Navas under the sticks.