Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
Despite playing without Carlos Vela and Hirving Lozano at the 2019 Gold Cup, Mexico look unstoppable at the tournament. El Tri defeated the likes of Cuba (7-0), Canada (3-1) and Martinique (3-2) in the group stages, setting up a meeting with Costa Rica in the quarter-finals. Talented winger Carlos Antuna has been producing splendid performances at the 2019 CONCACAF Championship and given Raul Jimenez’s thrilling form, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Mexicans.
Los Ticos, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 2-1 loss to Haiti in their last group game, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered. In their last meeting at the Gold Cup Mexico defeated Costa Rica and we are positive that the history is going to repeat itself. Experienced attacker Bryan Ruiz will once again lead the line for los Ticos against el Tri.
Highlighted Player (Jonathan dos Santos):
While playing at a youth tournament in France, Jonathan Dos Santos was spotted by FC Barcelona scouts, who were delighted with what they saw. The Barca chiefs decided to bring Jonathan and his brother Giovani to La Masia, with both passing the trial.
The Mexican midfielder, who was born in Monterrey on April 26, 1990, scored 6 goals in 81 appearances for Barcelona B from 2009 to 2012, but he played no more than 14 games for the senior team in the Spanish top flight. On July 9, 2014 Jonathan dos Santos moved to Villareal and he scored his first La Liga goal in December against Deportivo La Coruna.
The Mexico international played an important role at Villarreal until 2017 when he decided to sign a contract with MLS club Los Angeles Galaxy. The biggest success of his career, though, is winning the UEFA Champions League title in the 2010/2011 season with Barca. Unlike his brother, Jonathan’s preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Costa Rica):
Los Ticos are administered by the Costa Rican Football Federation and are members of the CONCACAF confederation competing at the international stage since 1921, although it was not until 1927 that they had become the FIFA members.
Costa Rica is the most successful national football team in the history of Central America with eight championships and their decorated reputation was upheld in 2014 when the current Central American champions made an imposing impression during the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Having reached the quarter-finals, Costa Ricans continue to be a thorn in the side for a many bigger soccer nations.
Alvaro Saborio is the most-capped member of the current team captained by Bryan Ruiz, but the most prominent star of the squad is definitely Real Madrid goalkeeper and 2016 Champions League winner Keylor Navas. Arsenal forward Joel Campbell is also a notable player whose 2014 FIFA World Cup performances have been nothing short of impressive.