Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
Shell Energy Stadium will host Sunday’s Gold Cup game between Guatemala and Canada. The Canucks played out a 2-2 draw with Guadeloupe in their opener, but it is well known that all Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David, and Cyle Larin have been omitted. As a result, Club Tijuana forward Lucas Cavallini will be the man to watch in the away team.
Guatemala, on the other hand, kicked off their 2023 Gold Cup campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Cuba, with substitute Darwin Lom scoring the only goal of the match. The Xelaju forward is widely expected to replace Rubio Rubin in the starting XI as the Real Salt Lake man suffered an injury in the opener. Anyhow, away win should be considered as Canada do not suit Guatemala. The Canucks emerged triumphant in each of their previous four meetings with La Azul y Blanco.
Highlighted Player (Junior Hoilett):
Junior Hoilett began his youth career at Blackburn Rovers and he spent five years at Ewood Park. After ending his loan spells with German sides Paderborn and St. Pauli Junior Hoilett returned to Blackburn Rovers and it has to be noted that he scored his first goal for the Riversiders in a pre-season friendly against Leigh Genesis.
Speaking of competitive games, the Canada international netted his first goal for Blackburn in a 3-1 League Cup victory over Gillingham. In 2012 the pacey winger joined Queens Park Rangers and he played for the capital club from 2012 to 2016. In October 2016 Junior Hoilett signed a deal with Cardiff City and he made his debut for the Championship side on October 14 against Bristol City.
Hoilett was born in Brampton, Ontario and, as a result, he represents Canada on the international stage. He made his Canada debut in a 1-1 draw with Ghana in an international friendly.
Highlighted Team (Canada):
Canada national football team played their first official match back in 1924 when they suffered a 3-2 loss to Australia in Brisbane. The following year the two teams faced each other one in Adelaide, with the Canadians managing to get their revenge on the Socceroos. The Canucks had several unsuccessful attempts to make it to the World Cup finals, but in 1986 they finally booked their place at the showpiece tournament.
Canada faced France in their opener, with Jean-Pierre Papin scoring the winner for les Tricolores in the dying minutes of the match. The Canadians were beaten by Hungary and USSR in the next two group games as well and, as a result, they failed to advance to the knockout stages.
Speaking of the team’s trophies, the Canucks won the CONCACAF Gold cup on two occasions (1985, 2000), with the team beating Honduras and Colombia respectively in the title games. Canada national football team play their home games at BMO Field and the capacity of the venue is 30,000.