For football fans across the globe, 2021 brings some awesome tournaments. The EUFA EURO 2020 has already started as well as the Copa America 2021.
The biggest football tournament in North, Central America, and the Caribbean, the 2021 Gold Cup is around the corner with the very first 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup match scheduled for the 10th of July. This will be the sixteenth edition of the Gold Cup and the host country is the United States.
The sixteenth edition of the Gold Cup was scheduled to run from the 2nd of July to the 25th of July but was rescheduled to start later in July. This will be the very first Gold Cup tournament with the VAR (video assistant referee) system in use. Twelve teams qualified via the CONCACAF Nations League 2019-2020 season and include the four first-placed from the League A, four League A runner-up teams, and the four League B group winners.
These twelve teams qualify directly while twelve other teams enter the Gold Cup qualification tournament based on their performance in the previous Nations League. The Gold Cup qualification tournament includes the four League A third-placed teams, the four League B group runner-up teams, and finally, the four League C group winners.
Participating National Teams
The last Gold Cup qualification tournament to determine the last three competing teams is scheduled for the 6th of July. Needless to say, all sports betting sites will cover these matches. If you are looking for reputable bookies in Jamaica that accept online bets, bestbettingsites.com compared all bookmakers so you can easily explore what different sports betting sites offer and locate the most competitive betting odds just in time for the 2021 Gold Cup.
The teams that qualified directly via the CONCACAF Nations League 2019-2020 and the Gold Cup 2021 qualification tournament include Canada, Honduras, Grenada, Jamaica, the United States, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Curacao, Martinique, Suriname, and Panama. The national team of Qatar will also play the sixteenth Gold Cup as a guest. The national team of Mexico has the most CONCACAF titles, eleven of them.
The national team of the United States has six Gold Cup titles, followed by Costa Rica with three wins, Canada with two wins, and Honduras with one win from 1981. In 1973, the national team of Haiti won, while in 1967, the national team of Guatemala became the titleholder. Canada, Honduras, and Grenada all made their way to the Gold Cup 2021 through the CONCACAF Nations League, winning or coming second in their respective groups.
Jamaica qualified for the Gold Cup 2021 in November of 2019 as a first-place team in the 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League B Group C. The national team of the United States finished as first placed in the 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A Group A and also qualified in November 2019. The titleholder Mexico qualified as a first-place team in the 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A Group B, while the national team of Costa Rica qualified as a first-place team in the 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A Group D.
More teams that made their way into the Gold Cup 2021 include Curacao, Martinique, Suriname, and Panama. These teams all participated in the CONCACAF Nations League and managed to win a spot at the tournament by coming at the top of their respective Nations League groups.
Which Team Has the Best Winning Odds?
The national team of Mexico won the 2019 Gold Cup that was hosted by the United States, Jamaica, and Costa Rica. In the finals, the national team of Mexico claimed its eleventh championship title and its eighth Gold Cup trophy after defeating the United States. With eleven titles, Mexico is doubtlessly one of the biggest favourites for winning the 2021 Gold Cup. The defending champion is in Group A with El Salvador and Curacao, while Cuba, Montserrat, French Guiana, and Trinidad and Tobago fight for the final spot.
Besides Mexico, the national team of the United States can be dangerous at any time, and this year will not be an exception. The United States is in the Group B with Canada and Martinique. Either Barbados, Bermuda, Grenadines, or Saint Vincent will join the fiercest rivals in this group, Canada and the United States. Speaking of Canada’s national team, it is also considered one of the favourites alongside the United States and Mexico.
Another great team that can surprise is the national team of Costa Rica. Looking into performance in the 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League, Costa Rica can easily reach the finals. It is in the Group C with Jamaica and Suriname. In this group, Jamaica and Costa Rica are the favourites, while the playoff winner and Suriname will probably struggle to advance.
Qatar is in Group D with Grenada, Panama, and Honduras. The four major favourites are the defending champion Mexico, the United States, Jamaica and Costa Rica, while Canada may surprise as well. With the national team of Mexico ranked by FIFA as the eighteenth best, Mexico is expected to defeat the three teams in its group.
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