Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
David faces Goliath at Allianz Field in the opening match of the 2019 Gold Cup. USA are seen as hot favourites to win Wednesday’s clash against Guyana and we are positive that the Stars and Stripes will go all guns blazing at the minnows. The Yanks failed to impress in their last warm-up game against Venezuela (0-3), but they are definitely capable of beating Michael Johnson’s troops.
Gyasi Zardes is likely to lead the line for the hosts and we predict that the Columbus Crew attacker, who has already netted six goals so far this term, is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. The two teams face each other for the first time ever at the major tournament and seeing that USA are more of a team than Guyana, we are tempted to put our money on Gregg Berhalter’s troops.
Highlighted Player (Aron Johannsson):
Aron Johannsson is a 25-year-old striker who plays for the German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen and the United States national side. He started his career with Iceland club Fjolnir before joining Dutch club AZ Alkmaar in 2013.
He had a prolific stay at the Eredivisie before signing for Werder Bremen in 2015 for a transfer fee in the region of € 5 million. However he made limited appearances for them due to a hip injury. Johannsson is a former Iceland U-21 international but made his senior debut for the United States in 2013. He was part of the American squad which finished fourth at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup scoring in the quarter-final win over Cuba.
He already has 19 senior caps to his name along with two goals to his credit. Johannsson is known as a very mobile striker and scores goals at an excellent rate – as was evident in his stay at Alkmaar.
Highlighted Team (Guyana):
Guyana are the Caribbean side that welcome their rivals at Providence Stadium. The capacity of the venue is 15,000 and it was built in 2006. The Golden Jaguars have yet to make their FIFA World Cup debut, but they will have a chance to prove their worth at the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Guyana were producing fine performances in the qualifiers, with the team beating the likes of Barbados, Turks and Caicos Islands and Belize in the process, while suffering a loss to French Guyana. The Golden Jaguars will face the likes of USA, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago in the group stages of the tournament.
Guyana registered their biggest win in April, 1998, with the team rolling over Anquilla 14-0. A 9-0 loss to Mexico from 1987 is considered the national team’s biggest defeat. The Golden Jaguars wear a yellow kit when playing in front of home fans, whilst the team’s away kit is predominantly green.