Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
Sports Authority Field at Mile High will host Thursday’s football game between Cuba and Martinique. The Cubans experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 7-0 loss to Mexico and the shaky defence seems to be the team’s main problem at the 2019 Gold Cup. Raul Mederos’ men conceded 27 goals in previous six games at the CONCACAF Championship, which is yet another reason why home win should not be considered.
Martinique, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 4-0 loss to Canada and seeing that they face a must-win situation in their second group game, we are tempted to put our money on Mario Bocaly’s charges. In their last meeting in a competitive game Martinique recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Cuba and we are positive that the history is going to repeat itself this Thursday.
Highlighted Player (Jordy Delem):
Jordy Delem is a Seattle Sounders midfielder who represents Martinique on the international stage. Delem played for the likes of Club Franciscain, Arles-Avignon and Club Franciscain before joining Seattle Sounders in 2016. After making 19 appearances for Seattle Sounders 2 the Martinique footballer signed a first team deal with the MLS club in March, 2017.
It has to be noted that he played as a right back on his Seattle debut against Atlanta United (0-0). Jordy Delem represented Martinique at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, but he failed to impress in a 3-1 loss to Mexico. The 180-cm-tall player was born in Le Francois, Martinique and he has a contract with Seattle Sounders which expires in December, 2017.
His main position is defensive midfield, but, as previously mentioned, he is capable of playing as a full back as well. Jordy Delem has both Martinique and France passports, but he decided to represent les Matinino on the international stage.
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.