Guatemala defender Gerardo Gordillo (20) defends against Mexico midfielder Orbelin Pineda (10) during the second half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup Group A soccer match in Dallas, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
- Tussle for first-place finish takes place at Cotton Bowl in Dallas at 10:00pm ET on Sunday
- El Salvador leads the group after two straight wins with Mexico recovering after a sluggish start
- See all odds & best bets for Mexico vs El Salvador – CONCACAF Gold Cup Group A Matchday 3
Mexico and El Salvador will battle for the top spot in Group A of the CONCACAF Gold Cup when they meet in Dallas on Sunday.
After two games, El Salvador is the surprise table-topper with six points.
Meanwhile, pre-tournament favorite and reigning champion Mexico is in second place with four points.
Mexico vs El Salvador Odds
|Mexico vs El Salvador||MEX -1.5 (-120) | ELS +1.5 (-120)||MEX -425| ELS +1100 | DRAW +550||Ov 2.5 (-165) | Un 2.5 (+130)|
Odds as of July 18 at DraftKings
El Salvador, furthermore, has already confirmed its place in the knockout last eight after two straight wins.
The Mexicans or more or less assured of a quarterfinal sport as it leads third-placed Trinidad and Tobago by three points already – and currently has an advantage of five in goal difference.
Despite the two teams relative positions in the group table, DraftKings makes Mexico a huge favorite for a win on Sunday at – 425.
This is unquestionably because Mexico is one of the most powerful national teams in the CONCACAF region.
El Salvador, meanwhile, is a wide outsider at +1100 with the draw at +550.
Just One Win for El Salvador
This, moreover, reflects the fact that in 38 previous meetings between these nations, Mexico has won 32 times with El Salvador succeeding just once – with five draws.
It is, moreover, based on the fact that when these teams last met at the Gold Cup in 2017 there was a convincing 3-1 win for Mexico. This was the most recent collision in a run of seven straight wins for Mexico.
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El Salvador 🇸🇻 is living a dream in the #GoldCup21 🏆. Two victories, on to the next round and leaders of Group A. 📸 The Photo of the Day presented by: @qatarairways pic.twitter.com/yfgKvSc6mS
— Gold Cup (@GoldCup) July 15, 2021
However, it is tough to find value in the market here. That means looking at the Game Props options with the price of +265 for Mexico to win by two goals looks attractive.
The game will take place at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Texas. It kicks off at 10:00 pm ET.
Mexico vs El Salvador Statistics
Even though it is seeking its ninth Gold Cup title, Mexico made a surprisingly poor start with a 0-0 draw against Trinidad and Tobago.
This was despite the fact that Mexico dominated the game.
There was a markedly improved result when the team defeated Guatemala 3-0 in its second Group A fixture.
Striker Rogelio Funes Mori of the Liga MX outfit Monterrey led the way with goals in the 29th minute and 55th minute.
There was subsequently a 79th minute strike from Orbelin Pineda of Mexico’s Cruz Azul team.
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Pineda Hits Form for Mexico
Pineda has certainly been one of the stand-out performers for the Mexican side so far.
Funes Mori, meanwhile, seems to have made the right decision in recently adopting Mexico as his national side. He has made three appearances after playing once earlier in his career for his birthplace of Argentina.
It was certainly a more productive performance from the Mexican side against Guatemala as it enjoyed 70 per-cent possession and eight on-target attempts on goal.
Prior to the Mexican recovery, El Salvador had begun its campaign with a 2-0 defeat of Guatemala.
El Salvador are heading to the @GoldCup Quarterfinals! 🎟🇸🇻
La Selecta pick up another 3 points against Trinidad & Tobago and book their spot in the knockout round! pic.twitter.com/ZRb7XBTuu7
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 15, 2021
Alex Roldan of MLS side Seattle Sounders was on target along with Joaquin Rinas of USL Championship team FC Tulsa.
There was subsequently another 2-0 win against Trinidad and Tobago. On this occasion, the goalscorers were Jairo Henriques and Walmer Martinez, who also plays in the USL Championship with Hartford Athletic.
El Salvador’s strength in defense has seen it concede just twice in its last 10 fixtures.
This time, with qualification for the quarterfinal ensured, El Salvador coach Hugo Perez may choose to rest some players.
His team has yet to concede at the tournament – confirming a strength in defense that has seen it concede just twice in its last 10 fixtures.
Furthermore, Perez’s team has been hailed for the quality of its creative play at the competition along with its defensive prowess.
Mexico, however, will certainly confront the El Salvador side with its toughest test at the current competition so far.
Anything but a victory for Mexico will hand first place in the group to El Salvador with the reward of a good draw in the last eight at stake.
The Mexicans were 1-0 winners against the United States in the 2019 Gold Cup final played at Soldier Field in Chicago.
Rogelio Funes Mori was excellent in Mexico’s depleted attack tonight with 2️⃣ goals in a Gold Cup win over Guatemala 🇲🇽 pic.twitter.com/kCfbPG25xS
— Goal (@goal) July 15, 2021
In total, Mexico has won four of the last six Gold Cup competitions – with the USA succeeding twice.
Now, in conclusion ahead of the Group A meeting with El Salvador, it is difficult to see the Mexicans failing to re-confirm their power in the region with a low-scoring win in prospect.
Pick: Mexico +265 (To win by two goals)