Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
Cuba will be aiming to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Saint Vincent and the Grenadines when they take on French Guiana in the Gold Cup qualifier. The Cubans missed out on a place in the World Cup qualifiers second stage, and, no doubt, they are determined to give fans something to cheer about. The Lions of the Caribbean will once again rely on key attacker Maikel Reyes, who scored the winner against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
French Guiana, on the other hand, have not been in action since November 2019, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the nominal hosts. In their last meeting on the international stage French Guiana defeated Cuba 3-0, meaning that the Lions of the Caribbean are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Steve Mounié):
Steve Mounie is a Beninese footballer who plays for Huddersfield Town as a striker. Mounie is a product of Montpellier youth academy and, as a result, he was given a chance to prove his worth in the blue and orange shirt in Ligue 1 at senior level.
After scoring 14 goals in 37 appearances for la Paillade in the French elite division, the 190-cm-tall attacker moved to Huddersfield Town in 2017, but it has to be noted that he spent the 2015/2016 season at Nimes as a loan player. Steve Mounie signed a four-year deal with the Terriers and he made his competitive debut for the club on August 12, 2017, scoring a brace in a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.
The attacker who was born in Parakou (Benin) on September 29, 1994 will represent the Benin national team at the 2019 Africa Cup of nations. Mounie scored his first ever goal for the national team in a 2-1 win over South Sudan in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Highlighted Team (French Guiana):
Seeing that French Guiana are an overseas department of France, they are not eligible to participate at the World Cup finals. The Guianese players, though, are eligible to play for the French national team and it has to be noted that both Florent Malouda and Bernard Lama were born in French Guiana.
However, French Guiana are a member of both CONCACAF and CFU and, as a result, they qualified for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup finals. The team made it to the finals of the tournament for the first time ever and, on the other hand, they participated at the Carribean Cup on three occasions (1995, 2012, 2014). It has to be noted that French Guaiana have yet to make it to the knockout stages of the tournament.
Sloan Privat (Guingamp) is considered the most famous footballer to receive a call-up for the French Guiana national football team. Stade Baduel is regarded as the home ground of the national team and the capacity of the stadium is 7,000.