USA v Jamaica – Georgia Dome, Atlanta at 23:00 live on BT Sport 1
The hosts USA face Jamaica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi final tonight in Georgia and look good value to make the final after thrashing Cuba on Saturday. Jamaica will fancy their chances thanks to their 1-0 win over Haiti in the quarter finals and have been one of the top sides in the tournament so far this year.
The USA had been installed as odds-on favourites prior to their quarter final win over Cuba which was a little surprising considering their group form. They only managed a draw with Panama as well as a narrow 1-0 win over Haiti and a 2-1 defeat of Honduras.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s team’s favourite status seemed justified however after humiliating Cuba 6-0, thanks in part to a Clint Dempsey hat-trick. The ex Fulham and Tottenham man is now the leading scorer in the competition with 6 goals, double any other player. The American’s really showed what they can do and will be confident of inflicting some more damage on Jamaica.
You can back the hosts to beat Jamaica at 1.5 but the better value looks to be on the Asian Handicap Betting market -1 at 1.85 but I expect that price to shorten up.
The Reggae Boyz have impressed in the competition so far, winning their group before defeating Haiti in the quarter finals. They opened their campaign with a decent 2-2 with Costa Rica before beating Canada and El Salvador 1-0. Conceding just 2 goals in their 4 matches and 3 clean sheets from their last 3, they will look to try to keep the USA at bay but it will be the toughest test so far.
Jamaica have been beaten semi finalists on two previous occasions and unfortunately for the Reggae Boyz I don’t think they will have enough to keep the improving defending champions from scoring and don’t have enough fire power at the other end.
I expect the USA to start where they left off against Cuba and come out attacking tonight looking to take an early lead. A comfortable USA win is on the cards and I believe only the Mexicans have a chance of stopping them. They face Panama in the second semi final at 2:00 am with the final taking place in the early hours of Monday morning.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: USA – 1 @ 1.85
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