Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
Jamaica will look to build on a 2-0 win over Suriname when they face Guadeloupe in their second group game. The Reggae Boyz kicked off their Gold Cup campaign in style, and they are seen as favourites to win Saturday’s clash as well. Jamaica boss Theodore Whitmore is unlikely to make changes to the team that outplayed Suriname on Tuesday. Guadeloupe, on the other hand, failed to spoil Costa Rica’s party at Exploria Stadium.
The Group C underdogs face yet another uphill task in their second group match, and given Steve Solvet’s suspension, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Jamaicans. This will be the second meeting between the two teams at the Gold Cup finals. Back in 2002 Jamaica defeated Guadeloupe 2-0, and we believe that the history is going to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Dimitri Kevin Cavaré):
Born in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, Dimitri Kevin Cavare is a right-footed footballer who plays for Barnsley as a defender. Cavare spent his youth career at the likes of AS Nenuphars, Cactus Sainte Anne, CS Moulien and Lens and he continued playing for the Blood and Gold at senior level.
The pacey right-back made 21 appearances for Lens before signing a contract with Rennes in the winter of 2015. However, due to the lack of first-team football, Dimitri Cavare decided to leave the club, joining Championship side Barnsley in August 2017.
The Guadeloupe international has been playing for the Tykes ever since and it has to be noted that he scored 2 goals, while providing 5 assists for his teammates in 41 appearances for the club in the 2018/2019 League One season. Speaking of his international career, Cavare made his Guadalupe debut in a friendly against French Guiana on August 6, 2018.
Highlighted Team (Jamaica):
The Reggae Boyz are enjoying in their 2014 Copa Centroamericana title and are looking forward to their second-ever entry into the Copa America. Jamaica took positives from their debut in the competition last year in Chile despite going out in the group stage and will now be willing to make one step further.
The country had more success later in the summer when Winfried Schafer’s men knocked off the United States in the semi-finals of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Reggae Boyz were ultimately stopped in the final as they lost to Mexico, but the ticket to 2016 Copa America was enough of a reward itself as four highest finishers were guaranteed a place at the competition.
Jamaica stepped onto the international scene with a 2-1 win over Haiti in 1925 and have so far qualified only once for the FIFA World Cup in 1998. It was not until 1965 that Jamaica made their first attempt to qualify for the World Cup though.