Nicaragua vs USA
2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Date: Sunday, 16th July 2017
Kick-off at 00:00 UK/ 1:00 CET
Venue: FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland).
USA need a win to qualify as group winners in their final Group C game against Nicaragua.
All four teams in Group C stay alive in the quarter final chase as we approach the match-day 3 of the group phase. USA are currently top the group, but are level on 4 points with Panama.
The third placed team Martinique has 3 points in their account, they will be hoping to steal at-least a point from their final group game against Panama. Nicaragua are yet to open their point account, but they can still qualify if they defeat USA by a big margin.
Nicaragua lost to the minnows Martinique on match-day 1 by a 2-0 margin and then to Panama. However, their negative goal-aggregate provides a tall order when they take on USA at the FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. They need to win by a 3 or more goal margin and hope Martinique lose their game by more than 2 goal margin.
On the other hand, USA will be competing to remain at the top of the group. Currently, they get the better of Panama on goal-aggregate. With Panama playing earlier the same day, USA will know the required winning margin in advance as they take the field in Cleveland. It is important to qualify as group leaders and thereby avoid the heavy weights Mexico and Costa Rica.
Nicaragua vs USA: Head-to-head
The teams haven’t met in an official football match.
Nicaragua vs USA: Prediction
Improvements are eyed by both teams when they take the field at Cleveland for the final group game. The new-look USA will be looking to win this comfortably after being held to a draw by Panama and only managing a narrow win against a lower ranked team like Martinique.
Meanwhile, Nicaragua will be hoping to break the voodoo at the Gold Cup, after suffering defeats in five consecutive games.
Nicaragua vs USA: Bet Tips
The safe option is HT/FT – USA/USA for 1.62 odds offered by Betway.
Brave Punters can bank on Over 1.5 first half goals for 2.25 odds at Unibet.