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USA vs Curacao - USA have too much class for Curacao

USA have covered the -3 handicap in 2 of their last 3 Gold Cup matches
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USA have won every match at the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, striker Gyasi Zardes scoring 3 goals so far (Getty Images)

USA vs Curacao Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


USA are short priced favourites to take care of business against Curacao in the Gold Cup quarter-final at Lincoln Financial Field. USA have scored 2+ goals in seven of their last eight matches at the Gold Cup, their in-form attack is predicted to fire the Stars and Stripes to a comfortable win.

USA Form & Team News


USA have won every match at the 2019 Gold Cup without conceding a goal. Paul Arriola, Gyasi Zardes and Tyler Boyd (2) scored in an easy 4-0 win against Guyana, the Stars and Stripes backing it up with a 6-0 thrashing of Trinidad & Tobago.

Aaron Long and Gyasi Zardes both scored twice with goals to Christian Pulisic and Paul Arriola wrapping up another convincing victory. Manager Gregg Berhalter selected the same starting side in both matches but made 11 changes against Panama.

A completely different side won 1-0 with Jozy Altidore scoring the winner. The win could have been more comprehensive but for some poor finishing costing Berhalter’s side.

Expect USA to revert to their strongest side against Curacao with Christian Pulisic playing a prominent role. Pulisic has the freedom to create havoc from a central attacking position and I expect the new Chelsea signing to have a big game.

The USA are short priced favourites at 1.15 with USA in the -1 handicap market paying 1.60. That’s fine for accumulators but I am going to stretch it out to the -2 handicap at 2.80 as I believe this will be one way traffic.

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USA's Christian Pulisic is one of the best players at the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup (Getty Images)

Curacao Form & Team News


Curacao advanced to their first Gold Cup quarter-final after edging out El Salvador on goal difference. Their first match ended in a 1-0 defeat against El Salvador at Independence Park where they registered just one shot on target. 

Remko Bicentini’s side bounced back with a fortunate 1-0 win against Honduras. Curacao were under severe pressure in the first half but scored through Leandro Bacuna in the 40th minute and held on for a vital win.

Curacao needed a draw against Jamaica at Banc of California Stadium and got it with a long range strike in added time. Juriën Gaari’s goal was a historic moment but they will be up against a much stronger side in USA.

Ayrton Statie looks to be first choice left-back and Jafar Arias could continue in the striker role ahead of Charlison Benschop. Winger Jarchinio Antonia is another player that appears to have won a starting spot.

Curacao are rank outsiders against USA and are priced at 15.00 to record an upset win. A draw is currently paying 6.00 which is still a long shot.

USA vs Curacao Head to Head


The only meetings between USA and Curacao came in the 1984 CONCACAF Nations Cup. The first match ended 0-0 with USA winning 4-0 in the second match.

USA vs Curacao Match Up


USA have a far stronger squad than Curacao and attackers in form. Gyasi Zardes (3), Paul Arriola (2) and Tyler Boyd (2) have all been scoring goals and Christian Pulisic will be making sure they all have opportunities to score here.

Curacao manager Remko Bicentini has some decent players in his side such as Cuco Martina and Leandro Bacuna, but it’s hard to see how then can match it against USA over 90 minutes.

USA vs Curacao Key Statistics


  • USA have won their last 8 matches (Gold Cup).
  • USA have scored 2+ goals in 7 of their last 8 matches (Gold Cup).
  • USA have covered the -3 handicap in 2 of their last 3 matches (Gold Cup). 
  • USA have kept 6 clean sheets in their last 7 matches (Gold Cup).
  • USA’s squad is valued at €127 million.
  • Curacao squad is valued at €11 million.
  • Curacao have lost 4 of their last 6 matches at the Gold Cup.
  • Curacao have failed to score in 4 of their last 6 matches (Gold Cup).

Verdict


USA should have little trouble defeating Curacao and reaching the Gold Cup semi-finals. I am taking the Stars and Stripes in the -1 and -2 handicap markets with a 3-0 win the tip.

Best Bet: USA -1 Handicap @ 1.60 at bet365 - 5 Units
Value Bet: USA -2 Handicap @ 2.80 at bet365 - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: USA Win 3-0 @ 6.50 at bet365 - 1 Unit
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