Mexico vs USA – CONCACAF Final

Mexico will take on the USA in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday night. They have been the best two teams at the tournament and a showdown in the big game always looked on the cards. The Americans will benefit from partisan home support, but El Tri has looked formidable since Gerardo Martino took over as manager, so it will be fascinating to see who prevails.

Mexico vs USA Form Guide

Mexico began its Gold Cup campaign with a resounding 7-0 victory over Cuba. It then beat Canada 3-1, before edging Martinique 3-2 to reach the quarter-finals with a 100% record. El Tri drew 1-1 with Costa Rica and needed a penalty shootout to prevail. Mexico was dominant against Haiti in the semis, but found itself largely frustrated until Raúl Jiménez finally made the breakthrough with a 93rd minute penalty.

USA soared through to the knockout stages of the tournament without conceding a single goal, beating Guyana 4-0, Trinidad & Tobago 6-0 and Panama 1-0. It kept another clean sheet in a 1-0 win against Curaçao in the quarters and then beat Jamaica 3-1 in the semi-finals, courtesy of a brace from Christian Pulisic.

Team News

Mexico left a number of key players at home for this tournament, including Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano and Hector Herrera. Yet it has looked strong under new boss Martino, formerly of Barcelona and Atlanta United. Jiménez of Wolves has scored in the last two games.He  has led the line well, supported by Roberto Alvarado of Cruz Azul and Monterrey’s Rodolfo Pizarro. Captain André Guardado anchors the midfield alongside Jonathan dos Santos and Edson Alvarez, with veteran goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa playing behind Héctor Moreno and Carlos Salcedo.

The USA does not boast as much quality, as its talent pool is not so deep. Yet it has a genuine superstar in Christian Pulisic, who has just moved from Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea for a huge fee. Elsewhere it is lacking star quality, but the likes of Michael Bradley, Tim Ream and Jozy Altidore provide plenty of experience.

Mexico v USA Betting Picks

El Tri has looked unconvincing in its last two matches, but it should raise its game for this final. The USA is in fine form and should benefit from home support, but Mexico just has better players in almost every department. Its superior technical ability should be enough to see it secure victory here. It has also had an extra day to rest ahead of the final, which could make all the difference after a long season.

Top sportsbooks like Bethard and Betfair are offering +110 on a win for Mexico and that looks really tempting. If you are feeling more cautious, you can find -175 at Bet365 on Mexico to lift the trophy, as that covers you for extra-time and penalties. Some bettors may also like the look of both teams to score at +100 with Betfair after the USA’s 3-1 win over Jamaica last time out.