Our football match prediction:
Qualcomm Stadium will host Monday’s football game between Curacao and Jamaica, who take on each other in the group stages of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Curacao are high on confidence ahead of the start of the tournament as they won the Caribbean Cup earlier this year, but the game against the Reggae Boyz will be anything but a walk in the park for Remko Bicentini’s men. Aston Villa midfielder Leandro Bacuna is undisputedly the team’s key player and all eyes will be on him when the two sides face each other in San Diego, California. Jamaica aim to get their revenge on Curacao for the loss in the 2017 Caribbean Cup final and we predict that Theodore Whitmore’s men are going to leave their hearts on the field. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we would not be surprised if they share the spoils in Monday’s clash.
Highlighted Player (Cuco Martina):
Cuco Martina is a Dutch-born footballer who plays for Curacao national football team. Martina was raised by his mother in the suburbs of Rotterdam and he began his youth career in his home-town club Feyenoord. In 2008 the pacey full back signed a contract with RBC Roosendaal and he made 68 appearances in the league for the club. Cuco Martina played for fellow Dutch clubs RKC and Twente as well before joining Premier League side Southampton on July 7, 2015. He signed a two-year contract with the Saints and he made his Premier League debut in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle United, coming as a substitute at half time. Martina scored his first goal for Southampton on December 26, 2015 in a 4-0 victory over Arsenal. The 185-cm-tall right back made his Curacao debut on August 9, 2011 against Dominican Republic. It has to be noted that the Southampton man represented Curacao in both 2014 and 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Highlighted Team (Jamaica):
The Reggae Boyz are enjoying in their 2014 Copa Centroamericana title and are looking forward to their second-ever entry into the Copa America. Jamaica took positives from their debut in the competition last year in Chile despite going out in the group stage and will now be willing to make one step further. The country had more success later in the summer when Winfried Schafer’s men knocked off the United States in the semi-finals of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Reggae Boyz were ultimately stopped in the final as they lost to Mexico, but the ticket to 2016 Copa America was enough of a reward itself as four highest finishers were guaranteed a place at the competition. Jamaica stepped onto the international scene with a 2-1 win over Haiti in 1925 and have so far qualified only once for the FIFA World Cup in 1998. It was not until 1965 that Jamaica made their first attempt to qualify for the World Cup though.