El Salvador vs Curacao
2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Friday, 14th July 2017
Kick-off at 1:00 UK/ 2:00 CET
Venue: Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Denver).
Both El Salvador and Curacao suffered defeats in their opening group game. And it is a must win situation when they lock horns on matachday 2. The loser of this game will confirm their exit from the tournament, while the winner revive hopes of qualifying for the quarter finals.
El Salvador were beaten by a young Mexican side on 3-1 margin, which exploits their persistent issues in defense. Despite showing plenty of promise in attack, the team once again failed to take the chances that came their way and paid a heavy price for some sloppy defending.
Confidence is what matters in short tournaments like this and currently El Salvador has none of it. The defeat against Mexico put them on a four match win-less run. Moreover, this team has won just twice in their last 21 outings.
On the other hand, Curacao entered their tournament with full of promise. But, the much experienced Jamaica has the final word, handing the islanders a 2-0 defeat.
However, the tiny island nation had a brilliant form on their form and remain favourites to clinch the third spot in the group behind Mexico and Jamaica. The defeat against the Reggae Boys is only their second in 11 games, having won 7 and drew 2 during the period.
El Salvador vs Curacao: Head-to-head
El Salvador are unbeaten in the three meetings against Curacao. They recorded 1-0 wins twice in the space of four days World Cup qualifying third round in September 2015.
The most recent one was a 1-1 draw in a friendly earlier this March.
El Salvador vs Curacao: Prediction
This is a crucial match for both sides as the winner has a better chance to qualify to the quarter finals as one of the best third placed teams.
Therefore, both teams are expected to play an attacking game and we are expected to see at least three goals.
On form, Curacao are slightly better than their opponents. And they are expected to shake-off the nerves that prevented them from playing their usual game in the 2-0 loss against Jamaica.
El Salvador are a capable team going forward, but to their downfall will be an extremely brittle defense. The need some ample amount of luck of salvage anything from this encounter.
El Salvador vs Curacao: Bet Tips
FT – Curacao to win for 3.60 odds with Bet365.
Over 2.5 goals for 2.43 odds at Unibet is a potential banker.