The third USA v Mexico CONCACAF Gold Cup final in a row will take place on Sunday night with football betting enthusiasts wondering just who will triumph at the Rose Bowl stadium in California’s Pasadena.
Mexico have brushed aside all before them in this year’s competition so far, although needed extra time against Honduras in Wednesday night’s semi final before progressing 2-1.
Spearheaded by Manchester United’s Javier Hernadez, Mexico boast an impressive 18-2 aggregate score in the tournament and will go into the clash as favourites. They demolished the USA 5-0 when the two sides met in the 2009 Gold Cup and have won three of the four Gold Cup finals they have played against the US since the biennial tournament adopted its current format in 1991.
The US are not far behind in the betting football markets though and have an attacking trio of Landon Donovan, Freddy Adu and another Premier League player in the form of Clint Dempsey in their arsenal.
Donovan actually scored back in the 2007 final when the US triumphed 2-1 and are undefeated in 22 of their last 24 Gold Cup games – the only losses coming in the 2009 final and in this year’s group stage to Panama.
The trio combined to perfection in the semi final when Donovan latched onto Adu’s pass before crossing for Dempsey to fire home. The 1-0 victory against Panama also marked their third consecutive clean sheet since the group stage loss to the Canal Men, and the Stars and Stripes will be looking for a fourth on Sunday.
Yet with Hernadez’ craftiness in front of goal – he scored with his right hip against Honduras to add to the goals he scored with his face and back of the head against Chelsea and Stoke respectively last season – as well as Mexico’s defensive naivety against top class opposition, punters should by no means rule out a high scoring game on Sunday.
Perhaps going in favour of the home side.