Just ten days after playing a scoreless draw in the group stage, Mexico and Jamaica meet for a spot in the Gold Cup final.
Here are the latest odds from Bovada:
Mexico vs. Jamaica Odds
Spread: Mexico -1 (-115), Jamaica +1 (-110)
Moneyline: Mexico -210, Jamaica +650, Draw +285
Total: Over 2 (-125), Under 2 (EVEN)
Jamaica showed off their attacking prowess with a pair of goals over Canada in the quarterfinals. But against Mexico, the Reggae Boyz will employ a much different style.
Manager Theodore Whitmore fully parked the bus against Mexico, sitting back while a makeshift Mexico roster struggled to build chances. Jamaica keeper Andre Blake is playing better than anyone right now, and the squad is fine with relying on him to keep the score clean.
Mexico left the big names at home for Gold Cup, and that has resulted in some sluggish offensive performances. They scored three goals in their opening match against El Salvador, and have scored three goals in the three games since then. Suspended manager Juan Carlos Osorio has made changes before each match, much to the frustration of Mexico’s fans.
In the first meeting, Mexico striker Erick Torres hit the post in the first half, but didn’t generate any other serious chances. Jamaica tried to bomb the ball down to striker Darren Mattocks, but it was ineffective. Mattocks has two goals for Jamaica at this tournament, but an injury could prevent him from appearing in the semifinals.
Mexico have more talent, but Jamaica are more organized. I haven’t been able to trust Mexico thus far in the tournament, but the team could really use some summer tournament success. I think they’ll overcome Jamaica’s defense, but still provide enough nervous moments for an entertaining match.
Prediction: 1-0 Mexico
Best Bet: Total goals under 1.5 (+185)