Jamaica forward Blair Turgott (15) gains control of the ball during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C soccer match against Suriname, Monday, July 12, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
- It is Guadeloupe vs Jamaica in the 2021 Gold Cup on Friday, July 16 at 6:30 pm EST
- Orlando’s Exploria Stadium plays host to the round 2 clash
- We preview the game, look at the odds, and offer a best bet below
Guadeloupe vs Jamaica kicks-off on Matchday 2 of Group C in the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup on Friday, July 16 at 6:30 pm EST in Orlando’s Exploria Stadium. In their respective openers, Jamaica enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 win over Suriname, while Guadeloupe suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Costa Rica.
We list the odds, preview Guadeloupe vs Jamaica, and offer below the best bet for this Gold Cup clash.
Guadeloupe vs Jamaica Gold Cup Odds
|Guadeloupe vs Jamaica||GUA +1.5 (+105) | JAM -1.5 (-120)||GUA +1300| DRAW +475 | JAM -380||Ov 3.5 (+185) | Un 3.5 (-235)|
Odds as of July 16 at DraftKings
Guadeloupe Heads Held High
Guadeloupe’s first Gold Cup match for a decade may have ended in a 3-1 defeat by Costa Rica but against high-ranking opponents it was expected, and for them to have qualified for the tournament at all is a huge result for them. To have scored a goal will have given them some confidence and they will look to improve upon their 37.7-percent possession when they face Jamaica later.
The concession of two goals inside the opening 21 minutes against Costa Rica was disappointing but for the remaining 69, Guadeloupe gave as good they got – something that bodes well for tonight’s game, especially as they were down to ten from 54 minutes onwards after Steve Solvet was red-carded after picking up two yellows. A similar, sustained level of performance tonight could yet yield a point.
Nous y sommes ! #GwadaBoysAnWout#PasyonémanTanNou#PassionatelyOurs pic.twitter.com/PspwE7bziC
— LGF (@LGF971) July 13, 2021
The task for Guadeloupe manager Jocelyn Angloma is a big one, however, and to get a squad of predominantly amateur soccer players (they have just eight professionals in their squad) to hit that level for a full 90 minutes is not easy, especially when we consider Jamaica has not lost a game in their last ten Gold Cup group stage matches.
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The Jamaicans’ tournament got off to its expected winning start against Suriname but it was far from plain sailing and they were forced to work hard against spirited and energetic opponents, who incidentally enjoyed the majority of possession. Theodore Whitmore saw his team get off to the perfect start – a goal after just six minutes – but they failed to capitalize and Suriname missed several good chances to pull level. In the end, a 26th-minute goal from Bobby Decordova-Reid was enough to seal the three points but it was an unconvincing display.
Last training session before facing Guadeloupe 🇬🇵
.#ReggaeBoyz #GoldCup21 #CopaOro21 #ThisIsOurs #ReggaeFootball #JFFLive pic.twitter.com/YevycJ4OOO
— Official J.F.F (@jff_football) July 16, 2021
Yet, performance level aside, it was three points in the bag for the Reggae Boyz and they now know a win over Guadeloupe will be enough to secure their place in the knockout phase of the competition. Even another disjointed performance may just be enough for them to get the win they need.
Guadeloupe vs Jamaica Head-to-Head Stats
|0||Gold Cup 2021 Wins||1|
|37.7%||Percent of Possession in Game 1||47.3%|
|3||Shots on target in Game 1||6|
|289||Accurate passes in Game 1||314|
|80.3%||Passing success rate in Game 1||82.4%|
Attacking Options for Jamaica
Guadeloupe center-back Solvet will, of course, miss this one after his red-card against Costa Rica, with Thomas Pineau looking likely to be his replacement, while Raphael Mirval is guaranteed to lead their line after his goal against Los Ticos took him to fourth in his country’s list of all-time scorers. Keeper Yohann Thuram will need to be at his best against Jamaica and will need to put his early, costly mistake against Costa Rica behind him if they are to keep things tight early on in the game.
Kelly Irep 😍😂 #LeMondeEstMechant pic.twitter.com/6PqCbUiyzs
— LGF (@LGF971) July 15, 2021
For Jamaica, Shamar Nicholson will again lead the line, having scored his third Gold Cup goal against Suriname, and is again expected to be joined by Decordova-Reid whose goal in the same game was just his second for his country – his first coming as far back as October 2019. The Jamaicans, however, have plenty of other attacking options, one of whom is Philadelphia Union striker Cory Burke who has scored five times in his 18 international appearances.
📺 Highlights: Jamaica 2-0 Suriname
The best moments in our victory against Suriname
.#ReggaeBoyz #GoldCup21 #Concacaf60 #LoveForOurGame #ThisIsOurs #ReggaeFootball #JFFLive pic.twitter.com/yQnI4uZqEv
— Official J.F.F (@jff_football) July 14, 2021
Guadeloupe vs Jamaica Best Bets
While Guadeloupe will give this one a good shot, and I am certain they will make life difficult for the Jamaicans, they do lack the quality it takes to either stand firm or to create something from nothing in those big moments. They were, however, very good against Costa Rica, aside from those big moments.
This will again be quite tight, but I see Jamaica’s extra quality being enough for a hard-fought win, possibly via a goal in each half.
Pick: Jamaica to win 2-0 (+500) / Jamaica to win both halves (+165)
Once just a sports fanatic, fan-turned-writer Gary Gowers has been featured on European television and radio networks to discuss several professional football clubs. His work can be found in an assortment of publications like The Metro, MyFootballWriter.com, and BBC Radio Norfolk.