Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Guatemala and Cuba take on each other at Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores in the 2022 World Cup qualifier. Guatemala kicked off 2021 in great manner, with the team beating both Puerto Rico and Nicaragua in friendly games. La Furia Azul aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, and we are positive that they will go for a win in Thursday’s qualifier.
The Cubans, on the other hand, have not been in action since November 2019, and, no doubt, the lack of time spent on the pitch could prove to be a big problem for the visiting team. Given Guatemala’s displays in 2021, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. In the previous meeting between the two teams Guatemala defeated Cuba 1-0, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the home team.
Highlighted Team (Cuba):
Back in 1930 Cuba national football team made their debut on the international stage, with the team beating Jamaica (then a British colony) 3-1 in Havana. Only four days later, the Cubans outclassed Honduras 7-0 in yet another friendly, but they have been struggling at major tournaments ever since. The Lions of the Caribbean, who are affiliated to the CONCACAF, participated at the 1938 FIFA World Cup finals, which was the team’s first appearance at the showpiece tournament.
Cuba did well to make it to the quarter-finals, but Sweden proved to be a big catch for the Caribbean side. Anyhow, this is considered the team’s biggest success at the World Cup finals. Speaking of their record at the CONCACAF Championship (Gold Cup), the team won fourth place at the 1971 tournament in Trinidad and Tobago.
Cuba’s first colours are dark blue and red, whilst the team play their away games in white kit. The Lions of the Caribbean recorded their biggest win against Turks and Caicos Islands in September 2018, with the team crushing the minnows 11-0.