Our football match prediction:
Martinique and Nicaragua face each other at Nissan Stadium in Nashville at the start of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Martinique did not participate at the 2015 tournament and, no doubt, they are eager to prove their worth and the 2017 Gold Cup. Patrick Cavelan’s team are definitely capable of grabbing something from Sunday’s football game against Nicaragua and a man to watch in the home team will be Mansfield attacker Yoann Axel, but it has to be noted that Julien Faubert will not represent Martinique and the upcoming tournament in USA. Nicaragua are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in their opener, but seeing that they failed to impress in a goalless draw with Curacao in their last warm-up game, we predict that Patrick Cavelan’s troops will emerge triumphant in Sunday’s clash. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever in a competitive match.
Highligted Player (Jordy Delem):
Jordy Delem is a Seattle Sounders midfielder who represents Martinique on the international stage. Delem played for the likes of Club Franciscain, Arles-Avignon and Club Franciscain before joining Seattle Sounders in 2016. After making 19 appearances for Seattle Sounders 2 the Martinique footballer signed a first team deal with the MLS club in March, 2017. It has to be noted that he played as a right back on his Seattle debut against Atlanta United (0-0). Jordy Delem represented Martinique at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, but he failed to impress in a 3-1 loss to Mexico. The 180-cm-tall player was born in Le Francois, Martinique and he has a contract with Seattle Sounders which expires in December, 2017. His main position is defensive midfield, but, as previously mentioned, he is capable of playing as a full back as well. Jordy Delem has both Martinique and France passports, but he decided to represent les Matinino on the international stage.
Highlighted Team (Nicaragua):
Nicaragua national football team played their first ever international friendly on May 1, 1929, with the team suffering a heavy loss to El Salvador away from home. Twelve years later los Pinoleros participated in the CCCF Championship qualifiers, but they failed to make it to the finals of the tournament. Nicaragua suffered a loss in each of their four qualifying games and, as a result, they finished bottom of the group. The Nicaraguan national football team have yet to qualify for the World Cup finals, but they did well to win silver medal at the 1973 Central American games. Los Pinoleros finished the campaign in second place in the standings, two points behind champions Panama. Nicaragua suffered their biggest defeat on October 17, 1975 when they were outclassed by Brazil (0-14) in Mexico City. In 2015 the Nicaraguans recorded their biggest victory, with the team rolling over Anguilla (5-0) in front of home fans in Nicaragua. Nicaragua usually welcome their rivals at Nicaragua National Football Stadium.