Our prediction for this Gold Cup 2017 match:
As expected, Mexico recorded a 3-1 win over El Salvador in the opening match of their 2017 Gold Cup campaign. El Tri sit in top position in Group C ahead of Friday’s football game against Jamaica and a win over the Reggae Boyz would see them book their place in the knockout stages of the tournament. It is well known that coach Juan Osorio rests star players at the 2017 Gold Cup, but the team seems to be well balanced and we predict that the Mexicans are going to pick up all three points from Friday’s match. Jamaica recorded a 2-0 win over Curacao in their opener, but beating Mexico is easier said than done. In each of last three meetings between the two teams Mexico emerged triumphant and, taking everything into account, the Reggae Boyz are unlikely to put an end to the negative trend.
Highlighted Player (Diego Reyes):
Diego Antonio Reyes is a young 23-year-old Mexico centre back who plays for Spanish club Real Sociedad on loan from Porto. The defender has often been described as intelligent in his positioning and strong in the air. He is considered to be a natural ball-playing defender who is comfortable in possession.
Although he is primarily a defender, Reyes has played as a defensive midfielder too. He made his professional debut with Club America in 2010 starting as a midfielder but quickly moving into his more naturally suited central defender role. He was quickly snapped up by Porto in 2013 although his playing time at the Portuguese club was limited.
Reyes has played for Mexico at various national youth team levels including the gold-medal winning under-23 squad at the 2012 London Olympics. He was called up to the senior team in 2011 and has already participated in Confederations Cup and FIFA World Cup.
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.