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2015 Gold Cup: Mexico v Trinidad & Tobago preview

Kick-off: July 15 @ 8.30 pm EST

Venue: Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Past meetings

Mexico v Trinidad 1-0 (2013 Gold Cup)
Mexico v Trinidad 1-1 (2011 Pan American Games)
Mexico v Trinidad 3-0 (2006 World Cup qualifier)
Trinidad v Mexico 1-3 (2006 World Cup qualifier)
Mexico v Trinidad 7-0 (2002 World Cup qualifer)

Mexico

Last 5 matches:

Mexico v Ecuador 1-2 (2015 Copa America)
Mexico v Costa Rica 2-2 (international friendly)
Mexico v Honduras 0-0 (international friendly)
Mexico v Cuba 6-0 (2015 Gold Cup)
Guatemala v Mexico 0-0 (2015 Gold Cup)

Team News:

Despite already securing their place in the next stage, Mexico do need to win this match if they want to finish in first position and get weaker opponents in the quarter-final, and coach Herrera has asked his players to be as aggressive as possible to match the physical approach of the opposition.

After his side missed a host of clear-cut chances against Guatemala, el Piojo could introduce fans’ favourite Giovani dos Santos (89/17) into the starting line-up, while Carlos Esquivel (13/0) is also pushing for a start.

Players to watch: Carlos Vela, Giovani dos Santos, Hector Herrera.

Probable starting line-up (4-4-2 diamond): Ochoa – Aguilar, Reyes, Rodriguez, Layun – Herrera, J. dos Santos, Guardado, Esquivel – G. Dos Santos, Vela.

Trinidad & Tobago

Last 5 matches:

Curacao v Trinidad 1-0 (International friendly)
Jordan v Trinidad 3-0 (International friendly)
Trinidad v Haiti 1-0 (International friendly)
Trinidad v Guatemala 3-1 (2015 Gold Cup)
Trinidad v Cuba 2-0 (2015 Gold Cup)

Team News:

Trinidad and Tobago exceeded all expectations with comfortable wins over Guatemala and Cuba, and they now only need one point from the final group match to progress to the quarter-finals as the first-place team in Group C.

There have been some bad news for coach Stephen Hart seeing as first choice goalkeeper Jan-Michel Williams (68/0) is almost certain to miss the remainder of the tournament through a pulled hamstring. On top of that, midfielder Andre Boucaud (27/2) is suspended for the Mexico clash.

Players to watch: Kenwyne Jones, Joevin Jones.

Probable starting line-up (4-4-2): Phillip – Cyrus, Abu Bakr, Bateau, M. Williams – Cato, Hyland, George, J. Jones – K. Jones, Guerra.

Mexico v Trinidad betting odds & tips

*Mexico goalkeeper Memo Ochoa has now gone 324 minutes without conceding and with that in mind you should know El Tri are 1.53 (8/15) to keep fourth straight clean sheet.

*Seeing as Mexico have problems up front and Trinidad are set to revert to more defensive approach, betting on half-time draw at 2.45 (29/20) may be a good choice.

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