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Mexico vs USA Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

10:01 AM GMT 05/07/2019
Gyasi Zardes Hugo Ayala Mexico United States USA 2018
Having struggled for cutting edge in the Gold Cup knockout stages, Al Hain-Cole thinks El Tri and Berhalter's men will need to be patient in the final

The two giants of North America face off in Sunday's Gold Cup final, as the USA take on Mexico at Soldier Field.

El Tri have won this competition a record seven times, lifting the trophy in three of the last five editions.

Latest odds

Having come out on top the last time they came up against their rivals in the final back in 2011, they are even money (2.00) favourites with SportPesa to triumph once again in Chicago.

However, Gregg Berhalter's men have lost just one of the subsequent 10 encounters since that final, and are available at 14/5 (3.80) to retain the trophy by coming out on top here.

None of the last six finals have finished all square after 90 minutes, but you can get odds of 43/20 (3.15) on this one heading into extra-time.

Team news

Reggie Cannon, Matt Miazga, Jordan Morris and Jozy Altidore all came into the side for the 3-1 semi-final win over Jamaica, with the latter particularly likely to maintain his place after setting up the opener in a strong performance.

Hector Moreno made his first start of the tournament against in the semi-final win over Haiti, leaving Erick Gutierrez as the only remaining injury doubt.

Preview

After scoring 24 goals between them in their combined six group games, Concacaf's heavyweight duo have largely struggled for cutting edge in the knockout stages.

This is particularly the case for Gerardo Martino's team, which has scored just one normal-time goal in the last two matches - beating Costa Rica in a shootout in the quarter-finals before needing an extra-time penalty to edge past Haiti.

Having scraped past Curacao 1-0 in their first knockout round clash, the Stars and Stripes did then go on to beat Jamaica 3-1 but had to wait until the second half to open up a two-goal lead.

Predictions

With a tight and tense final looking likely, odds of 20/21 (1.95) look like solid value on the majority of the goal-scoring action not unfolding until after the break for Mexico and USA’s combined ninth game in 12 at this summer’s tournament.

Highest-scoring half: second at 20/21 (1.95) for a 2pt stake with SportPesa