Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
Guatemala and Cuba face each other at DRV PNK Stadium on Wednesday in what will be their first meeting at the Gold Cup finals since July 2015. Guatemala did well to beat Costa Rica in a friendly earlier this month, but they head into the Group D opener following a 1-0 loss to Venezuela. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, who scored seven goals in 44 appearances for Derby County last season.
Los Leones del Caribe, on the other hand, were beaten by both Chile and Uruguay in the last two warm-up games and seeing that they conceded 23 goals in total in the previous four Gold Cup matches, we predict that Luis Tena’s men are going to pick up all three points from the opener. When the two national teams met in a friendly last year Guatemala defeated Cuba thanks to Carlos Mejia’s goal.
Highlighted Team (Cuba):
Back in 1930 Cuba national football team made their debut on the international stage, with the team beating Jamaica (then a British colony) 3-1 in Havana. Only four days later, the Cubans outclassed Honduras 7-0 in yet another friendly, but they have been struggling at major tournaments ever since. The Lions of the Caribbean, who are affiliated to the CONCACAF, participated at the 1938 FIFA World Cup finals, which was the team’s first appearance at the showpiece tournament.
Cuba did well to make it to the quarter-finals, but Sweden proved to be a big catch for the Caribbean side. Anyhow, this is considered the team’s biggest success at the World Cup finals. Speaking of their record at the CONCACAF Championship (Gold Cup), the team won fourth place at the 1971 tournament in Trinidad and Tobago.
Cuba’s first colours are dark blue and red, whilst the team play their away games in white kit. The Lions of the Caribbean recorded their biggest win against Turks and Caicos Islands in September 2018, with the team crushing the minnows 11-0.