Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
As expected, Nicaragua were beaten by Costa Rica (0-4) in San Jose in the opening match of their 2019 Gold Cup campaign. One of the two home countries proved to be a big catch for la Azul y Blanco, but they are definitely capable of grabbing something from the Haiti clash. The Nicaraguans are likely to leave their hearts on the field and we predict that they are going to hold les Bicolores to a draw.
Haiti, on the other hand, came from behind to beat Bermuda in their first group game, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Nicaragua. Seeing that les Bicolores’ performance in the 2-1 win over Bermuda was anything but good, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. In their last meeting in a competitive match Haiti defeated Nicaragua 2-0 and yet another low scoring affair is on the cards.
Highlighted Player (Juan Barrera):
Born in Ocotal, Nicaragua Juan Barrera started his senior career at Real Esteli. Barrera, who is nicknamed el Iluminado, then played for the likes of Villa Austria, Walter Ferretti and Tauro and in 2012 he rejoined Real Esteli. After ending his loan spell with Deportivo Petare, the pacey winger made 72 appearances for el Tren del Norte and scored 25 goals for the club, speaking of league fixtures. Juan Barrera then moved to Europe, signing a deal with Austrian club Rheindorf Altach.
In 2016 he joined Comunicaciones of Guatemala and he has been playing for the club ever since. The 175-cm-tall footballer made his Nicaragua debut in January, 2009 against El Salvador and he played an important role in the Nicaragua national team in the 2018 Qualifiers. Juan Barrera scored two goals in the process, in back-to-back victories over Anguilla.
However, Nicaragua eventually failed to make it to the final stage of the World Cup qualifiers. The winger made three appearances for Nicaragua at the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup as well, but he failed to find the net at the tournament in USA.
Highlighted Team (Haiti):
Haiti have been FIFA members since 1934 despite making their international debut nine years prior in a 2-1 loss to Jamaica. Haiti is the country with one of the longest football reputation in the Caribbean becoming only the second team from the region to make it to the World Cup. Their 1974 entrance is their only appearance to date however.
Haiti national team are making their Copa America debut at the Centenario in the United States and despite the fact Les Grenadiers have been considered minnows and underdogs on paper, they are sure to provide a competitive bite for their rivals. Heading into their first-ever Copa America, Haiti will be looking to repeat the heroics from the golden age of the Haitian football in 1970s.
Member of the most prominent generation Emmanuel Sanon remains to this date the most distinguished player of the team and the most capped player with 100 games. Former San Diego Sockers striker is also Haiti’s top scorer with 47 goals to his name.