Our prediction for this Gold Cup 2017 match:
FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland will host Saturday’s football match between Panama and Martinique. Panama did well to hold United States to a 1-1 draw in their opener and, to make things even better for the fans, they recorded a 2-1 win over Nicaragua in their second group game. Los Canaleros are on the right track to book their place in the Gold Cup quarter-finals and they need one point from their final group match in order to get their job done. Martinique kicked off their Gold Cup campaign with a 2-0 win over Nicaragua, but USA proved to be a big catch for Jean-Marc Civault’s troops. Les Matinino could make it to the quarter-finals with one point from Saturday’s clash against Panama and, taking everything into account, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils this time out. In their first and only meeting at the Gold Cup Panama recorded a 1-0 win over Martinique (2013).
Highlighted Player (Anibal Godoy):
Anibal Godoy is a professional footballer who plays for Panama national football team. The powerful midfielder was born on February 10, 1990 and he has been playing for los Ticos since March 4, 2010 when he made his debut for the national team.
Anibal Godoy played full 90 minutes in the 2-1 win over Venezuela and he scored his first goal for Panama four years late in a 3-1 victory over El Salvador. Speaking of his club career, Godoy played for Chepo of Panama from 2007 to 2010 and he moved to Europe in the summer of 2013, signing a deal with Hungarian outfit Honved.
After playing 24 league games (one goal) for Honved, Godoy signed for Major League Soccer club San Jose Earthquakes in August 2015. Anibal Godoy is a defensive midfielder and his preferred foot is left. His contract with San Jose should expire in December, 2017 and it has to be noted that he began his youth career Arsenal de Sarandi of Argentina.
Highlighted Team (Martinique):
Martinique are a national football team controlled by Ligue de Football de Martinique. Les Matinino qualified for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, with the team booking their place at the final of the competition for the fifth time.
Martinique made it to the quarter-finals of the Gold Cup in 2002 and that is considered the team’s biggest success at the CONCACAF Championship. In 1993, though, les Matinino did well to win the Carribean Cup as they defeated Jamaica on penalties in the title game. The likes of Kevin Parsemain and Cretinoir Sebastien are considered one of the most famous footballers that played for the Martinique national football team.
Jean-Sylvain Babin, who played in La Liga for the likes of Granada and Sporting Gijon is yet another notable player who represented Martinique on the international stage. Les Matinino play their home games at Stade Pierre Aliker Dillon and the capacity of the stadium is 16,300 people.