Gold Cup Picks and Predictions: Panama vs Jamaica & USA vs Curacao

Gold Cup Picks and Predictions: Panama vs Jamaica & USA vs Curacao

The semifinals of the 2019 Gold Cup will be set after Sunday’s action in Philadelphia. The final two quarterfinal games are Panama vs Jamaica and the USA vs Curacao.

Who will be the final two semifinalists in the Gold Cup? Below are my two picks for Jamaica vs Panama and USA vs Curacao.

Panama (+129) vs Jamaica (+210): Draw (+190)

Panama, the Group D runners-up, played well in their first three games of the tournament and look like they could be a tricky out for the big guns in this tournament. Panama opened their Gold Cup with a 2-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago, then beat Guyana 4-2 and finally fell to the USA in 1-0 in the final group stage game. Panama have not scored in six of their last 10 games.

Jamaica, the Group C winners, started their Gold Cup with a nice win, but did not look good in their final two games and should be worried heading into Sunday’s game. The Reggae Boys opened their Gold Cup with a 3-2 win over Honduras, then played a 0-0 draw against El Salvador before drawing with Curacao 1-1 after giving up a goal in the 94th minute.

This one ends as a draw in regulation and Panama advances after extra time.

The two nations have played 11 times in the past and it is Panama that holds a 5-5-1 advantage. Panama are unbeaten in the last six meetings between these two coming away with four wins and two draws. The two last met in 2016 when Panama came away with a 2-0 win in World Cup qualifying.

USA (-833) vs Curacao (+1800): Draw (+700)

The USA, the Group D winners, took advantage of weak group and easily advanced to the knockout stage. The Americans did not give up a goal in their three group stage games as they came away with a 4-0 win over Guyana, a 6-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago and finished with a 1-0 win Panama. Both teams have scored in just one of the last 10 games involving the USA.

Curacao, the Group C runners-up, used a 94th minute goal in their last group stage game to find themselves through to the knockout stage. Curacao opened their Gold Cup with a tough 1-0 loss to El Salvador, then beat Honduras 1-0 before ending their group stage with a 1-1 draw against Jamaica.

I like the USA to win a close one and advance to the semifinals of the Gold Cup.

These two nations have never met.

YTD Soccer Results: 105-96


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