Mexico vs Martinique: their final group-stage match of the 2019 Gold Cup on Sunday, with El Tri aiming to lock up the top spot in Group A.
== MATCH INFO ==
Gold Cup 2019
Team : Mexico vs Martinique
Date : Sunday, June 23
Start Time : 7:30 PM ET
Group A consists of two former champions, and for both of them, it’s important to begin on the right note. Though the six titles by Mexico overshadows the sole triumph of Canada, the latter is here this time around to make some noise. They begin their campaign at the Rose Bowl against Martinique. With Mexico too going for the top spot of the group, which will afford a comparatively easier opponent in the next stage, the Canadians will target a win along with a huge scoreline – which would come in handy should both finish level on points at the end of the group stage.
The team has built up a reservoir of momentum, and will be hoping to carry on the form in the month-long tournament. They had swept through their opponents in the CONCACAF Nations League and topped it up with a 0-2 friendly win over Trinidad and Tobago. Mexico: Tata Martino could afford to rest a couple guys here if he chooses as they could lose in a blowout and still win the group due to their superior goal differential to that of Canada. Expect Mexico to have a couple guys sit but still perform.
Martinique: After beating Cuba, Martinique finds itself in need of a result to move on. A draw would be enough as long as Canada doesn’t beat Cuba, but it’s likely they’ll need a win over Mexico to advance. A tall task that is viewed as nearly impossible. Martinique too comes to this fixture on top of a winning streak, but will surely have their hands full against this opponent. One thing that might be bothering them would be their performance in the last edition of the competition, which saw them getting the boot in the group stage itself.
Canada is on a six-game winning streak and scored two or more goals in four of the last five matches. They registered a 20-1 combined scoreline from their last five fixtures. Going on, they were unbeaten in 13 of their last 15 ties.