Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
BBVA Compass Stadium will host Sunday’s Gold Cup game between Grenada and Qatar, the two teams who meet for the first time on the international stage. Grenada experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-0 loss to Honduras, and they will have a mountain to climb against Qatar as well. The Group D underdogs are on a seven-game losing run at the Gold Cup finals, and we do not believe that they are capable of matching the 2022 World Cup hosts.
Qatar kicked off their Gold Cup campaign with a thrilling 3-3 draw with Panama. The Asian side are likely to stick to their attacking style of play, and we predict that they are going to pick up all three points from Sunday’s clash. Al-Duhail attacker Ali Almoez will be one of the men to watch in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Lucas Akins):
After making his first football steps in Huddersfield Town youth academy, Lucas Akins made his first-team debut against Northampton Town as he came as a substitute to replace Luke Beckett. However, he made no more than five appearances for Huddersfield Town as he was sent on loan to Nortwich Victoria.
After spending two seasons at Hamilton Academical, the winger, who was born on 25 February 1989, joined Tranmere Rovers in July, 2010. Lucas Atkins scored 7 goals in 77 appearances for the club and in 2012 he signed a contract with Stevenage. The English footballer played 77 league games for the Boro and he scored 13 goals for the club.
During the 2013/2014 campaign he was on Burton Albion’s radar and at the end of the season he joined the Pirelli Stadium outfit. Lucas Atkins enjoys playing football, but dancing is considered his passion as well. His main position is right wing, but he plays as both centre forward and left winger as well.
Highlighted Team (Qatar):
Qatar national team played their first official international game on March 27, 1970, with the team losing to Bahrain (1-2) on the road. The Maroons suffered their biggest defeat to Kuwait in January, 1973 and 42 years later they recorded their biggest win against Bhutan (15-0). Qatar did remarkably well to win the 2019 Asian Cup, with the team beating Japan 3-1 in the title game. The same year the Maroons received a wild card for the Copa America.
Qatar were elected to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup as well. The Asian side are well known for their dark red shirts, whereas their away kit is white. Qatar are affiliated to both AFC (Asia) and WAFF (West Asia) confederations. Sebastian Soria is the most capped Qatar footballer and it has to be noted that he is still the team’s top scorer. The Maroons play their home games at various stadiums, but they are likely to play their 2022 World Cup opener at Lusail Iconic Stadium which can hold up to 80,000 spectators.