Stadium: Children’s Mersey Park (Kansas City).
Haiti lost in the 1st round of the Gold Cup. The match against Canada is the last chance to fight for a place in the quarterfinals. If the Haitians get the points, it will be a great success. Can they surprise?
Last year’s Gold Cup semi-finalist has been placed in the same group as Canada and the USA and repeating the success of two years ago will be incredibly difficult. Yes, the Haitian team has made significant progress in recent years, with many players leaving for foreign clubs, but the current squad is far from their best. Veterans Herve Basile, Johnny Placid, Wilde-Donald Guerrier, and Soni Mustivar did not go to the US. At the same time, Josue Duverger, Isaac Raoud, Jems Geffrard and Frantzdy Pierrot tested positive for coronavirus. Pierrot’s loss is particularly tangible, with the Gengam forward scoring ten goals in a Haitian national team uniform. All hope now rests with Duckens Nazon and Antoine Carney, with Orléans defender Martin Experience getting his chance on the left-hand side of the defence.
After beating both Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (6-1) and Bermuda (4-1) in the Gold Cup qualifiers, the Haitians got off to a 0-1 defeat to the United States in the final round. The opponents created more chances and won deservedly, but Haiti did not sit back either. The most active player was Derrick Etienne, who repeatedly missed shots from clear-cut positions. In the 93rd minute, the team could have tied the score, but Stefan Lambez hesitated and failed to clear the ball from the goal line. In total, the Haitians took ten shots on goal, hitting the net three times.
Soccer in Canada is progressing very rapidly, and with an optimal squad, the local team could earnestly contend to win the Gold Cup. However, Atiba Hutchinson, Jonathan David, and Alfonso Davies did not fly to the USA, a severe loss for the team. David and Davies have generated almost all the creativity in attack in recent games, and now everything will be built around Cyle Larin and Junior Hoilett. In midfield, the Canadiens have quality performers from the MLS, but the defence may be in question. Despite the losses, the team still plays a three-center, two-forward lineup, with the flanks making good use.
The Canadians’ tactical scheme bore fruit again in round 1 of the Gold Cup, and their 4-1 victory over Martinique was their seventh in a row. The team conceded an early goal, but by the 26th minute, they were leading by two goals. By the middle of the 2nd half, John Herdman’s charges could have taken the game to the breakdown but missed two great chances. Shortly before the final whistle, Theo Corbeanu netted his team’s fourth goal, hitting the empty net after a Lucas Cavallini cross.
Expert Betting Tips
Canada’s problems with the squad have not yet had time to affect, yet the Martinique team is clearly of a lower level than the current opponent. Yes, the Haitians do not have all the strongest players, but overall against the US team, they looked decent and could even win a draw. Defensively Haiti made mistakes that could have been avoided. It is necessary to play in a more organized way when shots are directed to the penalty area. The Canadians without Alfonso Davies and Jonathan David combine well, but there is much less creativity in the attack. I suggest betting on the following outcomes:
- Handicap 1 (+1.5) for 1.93;
- Both Teams To Score for 2.30;
- Haiti To Win Or Draw for 3.34.