Our prediction for this Gold Cup 2017 match:
Thanks to Rodolfo Pizarro's goal Mexico defeated Honduras in the quarter-finals of the 2017 Gold Cup. El Tri moved one step closer to defending their trophy and they are regarded as hot favourites to win Saturday's football match against Panama. The Mexicans have been impressive at the back of late and it has to be noted that they are eyeing their fourth consecutive clean sheet at the tournament. However, seeing that the reigning champions played out a goalless draw with Jamaica in the group stages, they will have to be at their sharpest in the semis if they are to book their place in the final. The Reggae Boyz, on the other hand, recorded a 2-1 win over Canada in the quarter-finals, but we do not believe that they are capable of upsetting El Tri at Rose Bowl. Taking everything into account, we predict that Mexico will make it to the 2017 Gold Cup final.
Highlighted Player (Hector Herrera):
Mexico international Hector Herrera is a 26-year-old midfielder playing for Portugal giants FC Porto. Herrera began his career with Pachuca in 2010 and spent three years at the club before being sold to Porto. During his first season with the Dragons Herrera struggled for playing time, but he went on to cement his place in the starting eleven, becoming one of the most valuable players for the club.
Herrera has since them racked up over 110 performances for the Portugal side, scoring over 20 goals in the process. Full Mexico international since 2012, Hector Herrera represented his country at the 2014 World Cup.
During the summer of 2016 Herrera was heavily linked with a move away from Porto and was reported to have made a personal agreement with Italian side Napoli, but the €25 million asking price proved to be a stumbling block that ended up ruining the deal.
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.