Our prediction for this Gold Cup 2017 match:
Costa Rica kicked off their 2017 Gold Cup campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Honduras and thanks to a 1-1 draw with Canada los Ticos moved one step closer to booking their place in the quarter-finals of the tournament. Costa Rica sit in second position in Group A ahead of Saturday’s football match against French Guyana and they are one point away from the knockout stages. Oscar Ramirez’s men are likely to adopt a cautious approach in their final group game, but seeing that only a win counts for French Guyana in this one, we predict that los Ticos will have a number of opportunities to attack their rivals on the break. Following a 4-2 loss to Canada in their opener, Jair Karam’s men shared the spoils with Honduras in their second group game, but they will have a big fish to fry in Saturday’s clash against Costa Rica.
Highlighted Player (Joel Campbell):
Joel Campbell is a highly rated 23-year-old versatile forward who plays for the English Premier League club Arsenal and the Costa Rica national team. His versatility has seen him operating as a forward or on the wings. Campbell often hogs the headlines with his fast-paced runs on the wings and breathtaking goals.
He was highly rated by Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger and was snapped up as a teenager in 2011 but spent his first three seasons at the club on loan at three different clubs. His competitive debut at Arsenal came only in 2014 but has become a regular with the national squad. He has earned 55 caps already and has 11 goals to his credit in national colors.
He has already played in CONCACAF Gold Cup and Copa America. But it is his success as a key member of the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-final reaching squad that is a highlight of his career so far.
Highlighted Team (French Guiana):
Seeing that French Guiana are an overseas department of France, they are not eligible to participate at the World Cup finals. The Guianese players, though, are eligible to play for the French national team and it has to be noted that both Florent Malouda and Bernard Lama were born in French Guiana.
However, French Guiana are a member of both CONCACAF and CFU and, as a result, they qualified for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup finals. The team made it to the finals of the tournament for the first time ever and, on the other hand, they participated at the Carribean Cup on three occasions (1995, 2012, 2014). It has to be noted that French Guaiana have yet to make it to the knockout stages of the tournament.
Sloan Privat (Guingamp) is considered the most famous footballer to receive a call-up for the French Guiana national football team. Stade Baduel is regarded as the home ground of the national team and the capacity of the stadium is 7,000.