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USA v Jamaica Betting Offers and Tips
The CONCACAF Gold Cup is far from the most prestigious soccer tournament of the year. The likes of Curaçao and Martinqiue are never going to be an easy sell but the 2017 edition of the Gold Cup has exceeded expectations.
We’ve seen all sorts of drama both on and off the pitch and the latest twist saw Jamaica beat the pre-tournament favourites, Mexico, 1-0 in their semi-final.
The reward for that victory is a place in the final against the USA. The tournament hosts are the clear favourites with the bookies but we are expecting a tighter match than the odds suggest.
Kemar Lawrence’s amazing 88th minute free kick to win the semi-final for Jamaica rightly took the headlines. It was an outrageously good goal but the main takeaway from this Jamaica team is their defensive organisation.
Head coach, Theodore Whitmore, has done a tremendous job with his players. Jamaica have only conceded three goals in the entire tournament and we think they’ll once again prove to be a tough nut for the USA to crack in the final.
In the end, however, the experience and quality of the tournament hosts should be enough for them to get the win.
Bruce Arena made some shrewd additions to his squad after the group stages, adding great international experience with the likes of Tim Howard, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore.
Backed on by their home fans in a packed Levi’s Stadium, the USA should win at odds of $1.45 with Sportsbet.
Arena did add some fire power to his forward line with his changes but any team will struggle to score against a defence as well organised as this Jamaica team.
The Reggae Boyz are also strong in the tackle and disciplined in midfield so they will make the USA work very hard for the win. That makes a bet on under 2.5 goals look like a wise option at $1.53 with Bet365.
The opening stages of any major final are always filled with nerves. Players have to fight to overcome the size of the occasion and, in the case of the USA, the expectation of the home fans.
Jamaica will be more than happy to concentrate on defending in the opening half so try a bet on the first half ending goalless which is $2.38 with Palmerbet.
Clint Dempsey is one of the players who Arena added to the USA squad. The former Fulham hitman wasted little time proving his worth at 34 by scoring the final goal in the semi-final against Costa Rica.
That goal made him the USMNT’s joint record scorer with Landon Donovan and he could hold that record all on his own after the CONCACAF Gold Cup final.
Dempsey loves showing what he can do on the biggest stages and he looks a good bet to be the difference maker for the hosts. So, back him to score the game’s last goal at $5.40 with Unibet.
Top Betting Tips
USA to win at $1.45 with Sportsbet
Under 2.5 goals at $1.53 with Bet365
0-0 first half correct score at $2.38 with Palmerbet
Clint Dempsey to score first at $5.40 with Unibet
Neutrals who are hoping for an entertaining Gold Cup final will be enthused by the fact that both the USA and Jamaica play a similar 4-4-2 formation.
That systems should match up well against each other to help provide a flow to the game whilst making it relatively clear where the key battles will be.
The USA look to have the edge in the heart of midfield. The combination of youth and experience provided by Kellyn Acosta and Michael Bradley is a real winner and should help the USA to dictate the tempo of the match.
The main concern for the hosts is in behind their defence. Jamaica have pacey, strong players capable of exploiting any space they are afforded and they will pose the USA a real threat on the counter attack.
USA – Howard; Gonzalez, Besler, Zusi, Villafaña; Bradley, Acosta, Arriola, Nagbe; Altidore, Dempsey
Jamaica – Blake; Lowe, Taylor, Powell, Lawrence; Watson, Richie, Gordon, Francis; Williams, Mattocks