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Cuba vs. Martinique: CONCACAF Gold Cup Prediction and Preview

Cuba vs. Martinique: CONCACAF Gold Cup Prediction and Preview

Cuba vs. Martinique: CONCACAF Gold Cup Prediction and Preview

We're only a week into the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup and we've already reached the second round of group play. Group A continues on Wednesday night with two teams who lost their opening games last Saturday. Martinique (0-1-0, 0 points) and Cuba (0-1-0, 0 points) lost their openers to Canada and Mexico, respectively, by a combined score of 11-0. But despite what the scoreboard showed both teams displayed potential. Expect this matchup to be quite competitive as both teams are in need of a victory.

Martinique vs. Cuba

When: Wednesday, June 19 at 8 p.m. ET

Where: Broncos Stadium at Mile High (Denver)

TV: FS1 and Univision

Three Things to Watch

1. Give Kevin Parsemain the ball

Martinique's top player was very active in the opener against Canada despite the fact that his team got shut out. He was responsible for seven of his team's 12 shots on goal, made 19 of Martinique's 273 passes, and was all over the field in an attempt to help his team win. Parsemain is the key for his team's success and you can expect him to get the ball early and often against Cuba.

2. Cuba needs to be more active

While it's a given that Mexico is one of the best defensive teams on this side of the globe, Cuba could have done more offensively. They were limited to just three shots, possessing the ball just 34 percent of the time, and committed 10 fouls. The 10 steals that Cuba collected were promising, but the team as a whole needs to be more assertive against Martinique.

3. A change of atmosphere

Both teams are going to experience a change of climate for this match. They'll go from sunny California to the extremely high altitude in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Temperatures are expected to be in the 80s in Denver on Wednesday, so the combination of the altitude and humidity will test the players' endurance. Conditioning will play a factor in this game.

Final Analysis

Conditions aside, Kevin Parsemain will test Cuba's defense. I wouldn't be surprised if he finds the back of the net this time, but it will be a low-scoring affair.

Prediction: Martinique 1, Cuba 0

— Gabe Salgado is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. He's also written for NBC, Fox, The Sporting News, The Sports Journal, The Undefeated and Complex. He's a co-host of The Rewind Sports: 60. Follow him on Twitter @GabeSalgado82.