The third and final game for Haiti (0-0-2) and Martinique (0-0-2) means little as both teams have already been eliminated. Still, there is a matter of pride here as the squads look to salvage something and finish their Gold Cup on a positive note Sunday.
Haiti will be decided betting favorites for the first time this tournament. Martinique will once again be an underdog though not quite as large as it was the last two games. Assuming both teams are still trying, Haiti should win this one.
|Martinique||+½ +105||+365||2½ +105o|
|Haiti||-½ -135||-135||2½ -135u|
Martinique: At Least One
Despite not being an official member of FIFA (hence why they are unranked), Martinique has consistently won at least one game in the Gold Cup. In fact, Martinique has won at least a game in its last three appearances and defeated Canada in 2013.
Not being a FIFA member also means Martinique rarely gets to play competitive games. This team is an enigma but still manages to put on a show. Even against Canada and the United States, it scored a goal. Sure, it was smoked by a total of 10 goals but it has scored more goals than half of the teams in the tournament.
But we won’t be carried away here. Martinique remains a sizable underdog per the soccer odds because it doesn’t have enough quality players upfront or at the back. Martinique may continue scoring, but it will continue allowing more in return.
Haiti: Win Means a Lot
Haiti, the nation, has been rocked by turbulent affairs lately. Social unrest continues to rise and a win by the soccer team may serve but a small distraction. The team has had a disappointing tournament so far, but beating Martinique could be a consolation prize.
This is a team that is two years removed from finishing third in the last tournament and it has won at least one match in four of its last five appearances. AM Stephane Lambese gave Haiti its first goal this tournament but still got blown out by Canada.
Haiti played admirably given the team’s shorthanded circumstances due to COVID. But they got overzealous and yielded two penalty kicks to Canada including a red card to CB Francois Dulysse. Despite its bleak status, the team should still dispatch Martinique.
Pick: For Haiti
It’s rough picking Les Grenadiers to win given their undermanned status, but this team is still showing plenty of fight. If it were not for two penalty kicks, Haiti would have battled Canada to a close outcome like it did in a 1-0 loss against the United States.
Haiti is still a strong and physical squad and will be tough to play against. However, their inexperience in goal can be worrying. Martinique has flashed an eye for seizing scoring opportunities. But Haiti will eat up its flimsy defending and chronically sloppy play.
At their core, Haiti is still a more experienced and savvier team than Martinique. Even if they concede a goal here, expect Haiti to do enough to get by.
Pick: Haiti -½ (-135)
Bonus Pick: Keep Going
Hot take: this game will be more entertaining than the USA-Canada game. It may mean much less, but there will potentially be more back-and-forth scoring here.
On the point of overenthusiastic attacking, opportunistic scoring, and inexperienced goalkeeping, there should be enough scoring here to go over the 2.5 set at the online sportsbook. A 2-1 or 3-1 win by Haiti is a likely outcome here.