Our prediction for this Copa America Centenario 2016 match:
High-flying Mexico will be looking to book their place in the Copa America knockout stages with a win over Jamaica in their second group game. El Tri proved their worth in a 3-1 win over Uruguay and it has to be noted that they extended their winning run to nine games in all competitions. The Mexicans are high on confidence ahead of Friday’s football match against Jamaica and we predict that they are going to pick up all three points from the game. The Reggae Boyz did well to upset Chile in their final warm-up game, but Venezuela proved to be a big catch for Winfried Shafer’s troops in their Copa America opener. Radolph Austin was sent off in the 1-0 defeat to Venezuela, meaning that he will have to serve his ban against Mexico. You should have in mind, though, that Mexico midfielder Andres Guardado is banned as well.
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.