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2015 Gold Cup: Jamaica v Canada preview

Kick-off: July 11 @ 6.30 pm EST

Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, Texas)

Previous meetings

Canada v Jamaica 3-1 (International friendly)
Jamaica v Canada 1-0 (International friendly)
Canada v Jamaica 1-0 (2009 Gold Cup)
Jamaica v Canada 2-1 (International friendly)
Canada v Jamaica 1-0 (International friendly)

Jamaica

Last 5 matches:

Jamaica v Cuba 3-0 (International friendly)
Uruguay v Jamaica 1-0 (2015 Copa America)
Paraguay v Jamaica 1-0 (2015 Copa America)
Argentina v Jamaica 1-0 (2015 Copa America)
Costa Rica v Jamaica 2-2 (2015 Gold Cup)

Team News:

Following a promising showing at the 2015 Copa America, Jamaica produced a very good performance in their opening Gold Cup fixture, deservedly taking one point from star-studded Costa Rica side.

Despite ruing some defensive mistakes, coach Winfried Schafer has no reason to change his starting line-up that performed admirably over the past few weeks, although the boss is worried that his tired players may be overrun by their Canada counterparts. Midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson is the only player in danger of getting suspended if he receives another yellow card.

Courtesy of 888sport’s treble the odds promotion, Jamaica can be backed at 5.20 (21/5) to defeat Canada.

Players to watch: Jobi McAnuff, Garath McCleary.

Probable starting line-up (4-4-1-1): Miller – Mariappa. Morgan, Taylor, Lawrence – McCleary, Austin, Watson, McAnuff – Dawkins – Barnes.

Canada

Last 5 matches:

Canada v Guatemala 1-0 (International friendly)
Puerto Rico v Canada 0-3 (International friendly)
Dominica v Canada 0-2 (2018 World Cup qualifier)
Canada v Dominica 4-0 (2018 World Cup qualifier)
El Salvador v Canada 0-0 (2015 Gold Cup)

Team News:

Canada continued with impressive defensive performances by keeping their fifth clean sheet in the El Salvador game, although talented forward Cyle Larin will have sleepless nights after missing an empty goal and a chance to win the game for his side.

After turning quite a few heads with his line-up in the first match, coach Benito Floro should recall the likes of Russel Teibert (14/1) and Jonathan Osorio (12/0), with veteran Julian de Guzman (80/4) another one of those who could start. Mik Ledgerwood and Samuel Piette are one yellow away from suspension.

Players to watch: Cyle Larin, Tesho Akindele.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Stamadopoulos – Ledgerwood, Edgar, Jakovic, de Jong – Teibert, de Guzman, Osorio – Ricketts, Larin, Akindele.

Jamaica v Canada betting odds & tips

*With Canada keeping 5 clean sheets in a row and Jamaica failing to score in three matches before the Costa Rica clash, Canada is 2.75 (7/4) not to concede.

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