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Martinique vs. Mexico: Concacaf Gold Cup Prediction and Preview

Martinique vs. Mexico: Concacaf Gold Cup Prediction and Preview

Martinique vs. Mexico: Concacaf Gold Cup Prediction and Preview

Mexico is yet another step closer to an eighth Concacaf Gold Cup championship. Winning said title would set a new all-time record. But "El Tri" (2-0-0, 6 points) still has some soccer (football) ahead of them. Their next step in Group A will be the group finale against a Martinique team (1-1-1, 3 points) that has a lot of confidence on their side after defeating Cuba earlier this week. Mexico has been flat-out dominant thus far, shutting out Cuba (7-0), and limiting Canada to just one goal (3-1).

Defeating Cuba was a nice pick-me-up for Martinique after losing their opener to Canada last weekend. Now the French island nation is hoping to pull off one of the biggest upsets in its sports history by knocking off one of the favorites for this tournament. Canada will be watching this one closely as the two teams have the same record and a slight lead in goal differential (+2 vs. -1). A Mexico win secures the Canadians' advancement on to the knockout stage.

Mexico vs. Martinique

When: Sunday, June 23 at 8:30 p.m. ET

Where: Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, N.C.)

TV: FS2 and Univision

Three Things to Watch

1. Mexico is unstoppable

El Tri has outscored their opponents 10-1 with six different players (midfielders Uriel Antuna, Roberto Alvarado, Andres Guardado, defender Diego Reyes, forwards Raul Jimenez, and Alexis Vega) registering goals. Goaltender Guillermo Ochoa (3 saves) also has been solid in net. The Mexicans are aggressive on offense, they pressure you on defense, and have shown why they have had so much success in the Gold Cup.

2. No Kevin Parsemain, no problem

In the win over Cuba, Martinique's top player didn't find the back of the net. Instead, it was midfielders Joris Marveaux (first international goal), Stephane Abaul (ninth), and forward Kevin Fortune (first) who tallied the scores. Parsemain has taken 10 shots thus far but has yet to score. While it would be preferable that Parsemain would lead the offense, at least Martinique has other players contributing.

3. Win for Martinique would be historic

They've never defeated Mexico (0-2-0, outscored 12-1) so this would be their first win against them. It would also be the French island nation's second win ever against a North American team (defeated Canada back in 2013). This would no doubt be the biggest win in the team's history.

Final Analysis

Sentimental history aside, Mexico has way too much firepower for Martinique to contend with. They'll put a goal on the board, but Mexico wins Group A outright with yet another convincing victory.

Prediction: Mexico 4, Martinique 1

— 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.