The summer gets filled with another international tournament as the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2017 kicks off on the weekend. This is a tournament which has been heavily dominated by Mexico and the USA, so much so that only one other nation in the history of the tournament has actually managed to win it. That happened to be Canada in the 2000 edition.
All of the other editions have been split with Mexico winning seven and the United States five of them. So it’s a pretty lopsided tournament for the most part with the rest of the teams generally being low on quality. But with Mexico and the USA sending out heavily weakened squads for this year’s edition, it could level the playing field and make things a bit more interesting.
The USA are focusing more on World Cup 2018 qualification where they have been having their struggles and Mexico’s main crew just went through the Confederations Cup, so both are taking a look at some of their youngsters. But still, these are the two main contenders in the field even with all of the changes made to the respective squad.
The only ones who are likely going to come through and cause something of an upset would be the 2002 runners-up Costa Rica. They are going well in World Cup 2018 Qualification in the CONCACAF zone and they thumped the USA’s full side 4-0 during that. So they could, with a stronger squad get close to winning their first ever title and they are the main dark horse in the field, with perhaps the defensive-minded Panama having the potential to cause an even bigger upset.
Panama have taken the USA to two drawn matches and also held Mexico to a draw in their World Cup 2018 qualification campaign and therefore they could have the defence to get them through the tournament if only they can find the goals going forward because they aren’t a very prolific side at all.
So there are a total of 25 matches across the tournament to be played with the Final coming on July 26th in Santa Clara, with the entire event being hosted in the USA. This is a good tournament to look for some betting action on and if you are, go and have a look at Bet365 for some insurance.
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