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CONCACAF Gold Cup tips – Quarter-final predictions

A draw in 90 minutes between Mexico and Costa Rica could pay dividends if punters back share of spoils at 11/4 with Ladbrokes

Two of the tournament favourites will face one another in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finals as Ladbrokes’ 7/4 chances Mexico meet Costa Rica, but that fixture comes last of the four following USA v Cuba, Haiti v Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago v Panama. present their predictions for these matches.

USA v Cuba
The USA tend to hand out soccer hidings to the Caribbean island nation, with four of the last five meetings containing five goals or more.

Jurgen Klinsmann will be targeting the Gold Cup crown, especially now one of the Stars and Stripes’ main rivals is going home early. In Clint Dempsey, he has the joint top scorer at this tournament and someone who has helped crush Cuba before.

Although the minnows have managed to score in recent fixtures with the USA, they’ve netted just once at the Gold Cup so far, and that makes a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Klinsmann’s men well worth taking at best odds of 8/1 with Paddy Power.

Haiti v Jamaica
It won’t be much of a surprise to learn previous head-to-heads favour the Reggae Boyz. Haiti are heavily reliant on Duckens Nazon, who has scored both of their Gold Cup goals so far, but their shock qualification for the knockout phase is over-achievement.

Jamaica have Gareth McCleary in rampant form, while fellow Championship wide player Simon Dawkins has netted against this opposition before. Take a tasty top price of 10/1 with BetVictor or William Hill for that class to tell in a 2-0 victory.

Trinidad and Tobago v Panama
Be honest, you didn’t have Trinidad and Tobago down as being among the top scorers at the Gold Cup did you? Only Mexico have netted more, and Cardiff City target man Kenwyne Jones is a real menace up top. Panama still have Blas Perez in their ranks, so this won’t be straightforward.

T&T haven’t beaten these opponents since 2009 but, given their great group stage goal exploits, that stat should end here. Best odds of 12/1 with Coral for a 2-1 win look a worthy investment.

Mexico v Costa Rica
Five of the six group games these two played ended up as draws, so a share of the spoils in what is likely to be a tight affair looks to be the best value. Beyond 90 minutes, it’s down to stamina, mistakes and the possible lethal lottery of a penalty shoot-out.

Javier Hernandez’s absence is a big blow to the Aztecs, though Andres Guardado and Giovani Dos Santos have both scored against Costa Rica before. Los Ticos attackers Bryan Ruiz and Alvaro Saborio can say the same, though.

Awesome best odds of 11/4 with Ladbrokes for El Tri and Costa Rica to draw in 90 minutes are the safest course, as this fixture is too close to call.

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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