Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
Sunday’s football game at Rose Bowl pits together Mexico and Cuba. El Tri have big ambitions for the 2019 Gold Cup and they will be looking to record their fifth consecutive win in 2019 when they take on the Cubans in the Group A opener. Carlos Vela doesn’t want to play for the Mexico national team anymore and, to make things even worse for the fans, PSV ace Hirving Lozano misses the upcoming tournament with injury.
Cuba failed to impress in a 2-1 loss to Haiti and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Mexico’s party in Pasadena. In each of their previous four encounters in all competitions El Tri outclassed Raul Mederos’ troops and we do not believe that the underdogs are capable of putting an end to the negative trend. When the two teams met at the 2015 Gold Cup the Mexicans hammered the Cubans 6-0.
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 (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.