The latest CONCACAF Gold Cup odds see Mexico as near-certainties to get a win over Cuba this week and move a step closer to the next round of the competition.
The 2009 winners saw off El Salvador 5-0 in their opening game of the competition, while their next opponents, Cuba, went down by the same scoreline to Costa Rica.
While Mexico boss Jose Manuel de la Torre is able to call on some seasoned professionals, such as Fulham’s Carlos Salcido, West Ham’s Pablo Barrera, Spurs’ Giovani dos Santos and Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez, opposite number Raul Gonzalez has a home-grown squad with little experience outside of Cuba.
As such, El Tricolor are priced as firm favourites by bwin to pick up three points and move a step closer to retaining their Gold Cup crown.
The standard three-way betting odds see Mexico priced at 7/100 to secure the win, while the draw offers odds of 15/2 and a Cuba success is made available at 15/1.
Even by giving the Cubans a head start, Mexico remain odds-on favourites to secure a second win of the tournament.
By gifting Cuba a 1-0 lead going into the tie, Mexico move to a 33/100 shot to win, while the draw moves to 17/4.
While anything other than a comprehensive Mexico win looks to be unlikely, backing Cuba to hold on to a 1-0 head start at 5/1 would see projected returns of £150 from bwin’s free £25 bet for new customers.
However, with the result of the game seemingly a foregone conclusion, punters could be enticed by odds on the final score.
Anyone thinking Cuba will set out in a defensive manner following their embarrassing 5-0 thumping last time out can back a 1-0 or 2-0 win for Mexico at 23/2 and 31/4 respectively.
By way of contrast, the 3-0 and 4-0 wins offers odds of 27/4 and 8/1.
While 4-0 may seem like a tall order for the Mexicans, Hernandez, who also goes by the name Chicharito, has been in impressive form on both the domestic and international scene of late.
The Manchester United forward hit double figures in the Premier League in his debut season and grabbed a hat-trick against El Salvador last time out to get the Gold Cup campaign up and running.
With such a goal threat set to be involved in the game, some punters could be tempted to back a high-scoring affair.
Backing the game to see a total of five or more goals offers odds of 7/5, while anyone expecting Mexico to score five or more on their own can bet on “any other score” at 14/5.
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