USA Vs Jamaica Betting Tip: Early Goal – 26 July 2021

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United States USA Vs Jamaica Jamaica

Monday 26 July, 2021 – 02:30
Pick: Goal Before 29:00 Minutes
Odds: 5/6
Bookmaker: Bet365
(All betting odds correct at time of writing: 23 July 2021)

Preview: For the third Gold Cup on the spin, USA take on Jamaica in the knockout rounds. It was the former who emerged victorious the last two times though, and on both previous occasions the countries contested a quarter-final, in 2005 and 2011.

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USA – Solid but unspectacular thus far?

Shaq Moore netted USA’s quickest ever goal in the final match of Group B. The full back was left with the simplest of tasks of stroking the ball into an unguarded goal 20 seconds into their much anticipated clash with Canada. It turned out to be the only notable action of an otherwise bruising encounter in Kansas City that saw coach Gregg Barhalter lose central defender Walker Zimmerman to injury.

Zimmerman has now been ruled out for the rest of the tournament with a hamstring problem, depriving Berhalter of someone who had been a mainstay at the back. The defence has been the bedrock of this side so far, conceding only to a Martinique consolation from the penalty spot, so the Nashville SC’s man absence is undoubtedly a blow as we approach more challenging assignments.

Meanwhile any team shorn of the attacking qualities that Christian Pulisic, Gio Reyna and Weston McKennie, et al, would ordinary bring to the table are bound to see a drop-off in output. And this has been true of the USA who, despite boasting a perfect record thus far, have only really clicked into gear in the 6-1 shellacking of Martinique. They will be bidding to reach a tenth consecutive Gold Cup semi-final.


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Jamaica – Reggae Boyz quick out of the blocks?

The Reggae Boyz’s summer could very well end the same as their year begun, losing to the USA. A resounding 4-1 defeat to the Stars and Stripes marked the beginning of the international season for Jamaica back in March. This latest duel will be played on slightly more favourable terms though, with the USMNT missing a host of big hitters for what is a repeat of the team’s semi-final meeting at the 2019 Gold Cup.

Jamaica lost that one too, going down 3-1 in Nashville. So the omens certainly aren’t promising after one win from the pair’s last five encounters since 2017 (L4). All of a sudden missing out on topping the group, after a 1-0 loss to Costa Rica in their final outing of Group C, looks a disastrous move following routine, if not entirely straightforward, victories against Suriname and Guadeloupe.

Three of their four strikes thus far have come inside the opening 26 minutes, failing to win the only game they didn’t establish an early breakthrough. Therefore a positive impression early doors could be vital to any faint hopes of progressing. It will likely have to be done the hard way as well: it is now one clean sheet in their past seven matches, with that against a Suriname side featuring at their first Gold Cup.

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USA Vs Jamaica Betting Advice

With three wins from three this summer, having also won four of the past five encounters between the countries, USA are rightly favourites to move on to their tenth straight semi-final at a Gold Cup. Jamaica are a consistent sort, though, making the last four the last three times. However, the Reggae Boyz path to the trophy was blocked the previous two times by none other than the USMNT.


USA Vs Jamaica – Key Facts:

  • Four of the last five meetings between these countries were won by the USA, winning the last two times they have met at a Gold Cup: 3-1 in 2019 and 2-1 in 2017.
  • All three USA victories at this tournament came about through scoring early (inside 15 minutes in all three) and leading at half-time.
  • Jamaica were denied a perfect record during the group phase, losing 1-0 to Costa Rica last time out. All but one of their four goals scored came in the first 29 minutes.


Lightning quick starts have so far defined these team’s tournaments. USA scored inside the first fifteen minutes in all three group games, helping them to three straight wins. Meanwhile Jamaica found their breakthrough in the first fifteen minutes in victories over Suriname and Guadeloupe. The US were also ahead within ten minutes of the 3-1 semi-final triumph against Jamaica at the last Gold Cup.

Best Betting Odds – USA Vs Jamaica

USA – 3/5 (Betway)
Draw – 7/2 (Bet365)
Jamaica – 9/2 (PaddyPower)