Our football match prediction:
University of Phoenix Stadium will host Friday’s football game between Jamaica and Canada. The two teams face each other in the 2017 Gold Cup quarter-finals and a close encounter appears on the horizon. When the two teams met at the 2015 tournament the Reggae Boyz recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over les Rouges and, no doubt, Junio Hoilett and his teammates are hungry for revenge. Under 2.5 goals have been scored in each of Jamaica’s previous three games at the tournament and seeing that the Canadians played out a goalless draw with Honduras in their final group game, we predict that fans will see a low-scoring match in Glendale, Arizona. Canada have yet to suffer a loss at the 2017 Gold Cup and considering that Jamaica are on a three-game unbeaten run as well, we would not be surprised if the two teams share the spoils (regular time) in the quarter-finals.
Highlighted Player (Kieran Agard):
Kieran Agard is a professional football player who was born in East London, England. He began his youth career in the Arsenal Academy and in 2005 he moved to Everton. Agard played for Everton U-18 team and it has to be noted that he made no more than one appearance for the first team. In 2011 he joined Yeovil Town and after playing 29 league games for the club, he signed a contract with Rotherham United in July, 2012. Agard scored his first goal for Rotherham United on 27 October and he helped the team record a 1-0 win over Plymouth Argyle. After scoring 27 goals in 78 league appearances for Rotherham United, he joined Bristol City for the 2014/2015 campaign. The fee is believed to be in the region of £750,000. Despite being born in England, the pacey footballer is eligible to play for Jamaica, Saint Vincent Grenadines and Dominica as well. His main position is centre forward, but he is also capable of playing at both right and left wing.
Highlighted Team (Canada):
Canada national football team played their first official match back in 1924 when they suffered a 3-2 loss to Australia in Brisbane. The following year the two teams faced each other one in Adelaide, with the Canadians managing to get their revenge on the Socceroos. The Canucks had several unsuccessful attempts to make it to the World Cup finals, but in 1986 they finally booked their place at the showpiece tournament. Canada faced France in their opener, with Jean-Pierre Papin scoring the winner for les Tricolores in the dying minutes of the match. The Canadians were beaten by Hungary and USSR in the next two group games as well and, as a result, they failed to advance to the knockout stages. Speaking of the team’s trophies, the Canucks won the CONCACAF Gold Cup on two occasions (1985, 2000), with the team beating Honduras and Colombia respectively in the title games. Canada national football team play their home games at BMO Field and the capacity of the venue is 30,000.