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Gold Cup Betting: Cuba vs. Belize

Gold Cup Betting: Cuba vs. Belize

George Frey

The final matchday of the group stage sees Cuba take on Belize, with both teams practically having been eliminated from advancing. Be wary here with possible Cuban defections.

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Although four Cuban nationals defected while at a World Cup qualifying match last year in Canada, it's hard to gauge whether that will repeat here in Cuba's final group stage match in Connecticut on Tuesday.

CONCACAF typically lists the lineups one hour before kickoff so if you plan on betting on this particular game make absolute sure you take a look at that roster to find out how Cuba's lineup is affected, if at all.

The game will more than likely be for pride as both teams have a negative goal difference that would need to see either squad win by four goals to move on as a third-placed team.

Cuba is listed at 1.85 and that could be a good hit should its roster not be affected by defections. The Cubans were able to take the lead against the U.S. in their last match before dropping a quartet of goals to lose 4-1. They also lost by a three-goal margin when they faced Costa Rica a week ago.

The Cuba/Cuba result in the halftime/fulltime is at 3.10, while the draw/Cuba pick goes up a bit to 4.60.

The draw is sitting at 3.20 and could swing by as much as 20 cents over the last half-hour stretch before kickoff.

Belize was blasted 6-1 in its opening game against the Americans in which players from the Central American nation came out shortly afterwards to state they had been approached by matchfixers. I don't expect a fix in tonight's game, but I also don't anticipate Belize to come through in the outright which is paying 4.20. The double chance sees Belize at 1.85 should it win or draw .

There is a lack of goals expected, which is why the under 2.5 is only at 1.65 -- but with both teams needing to win by four goals in order to advance, the over at 2.20 could prove to be a shrewd pick.