Suriname takes on Guadeloupe in the final round of Gold Cup group stage fixtures. Both teams have been eliminated from the knockout stage but could end their tournaments on a positive note.
Suriname narrowly lost to Costa Rica 2-1 and had plenty of chances in the match. Meanwhile, Guadeloupe picked up an early lead but lost to Jamaica by the same scoreline.
Suriname is the soccer betting favorite to get its first ever Gold Cup win at -180.
Game: Suriname vs Guadeloupe
Location: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX
Time: July 20, 7 p.m. ET
Guadeloupe and Suriname have met four times but just once this century. Five years ago in the Caribbean Cup, they played to a 0-0 draw. Suriname leads the series 2-1 all-time.
Suriname Better than Advertised
Gleofilo Vlijter scored Suriname’s first ever Gold Cup goal vs Costa Rica and put Suriname ahead 1-0 in the match. While Suriname ended up permanently 2-1 down just seven minutes later, Suriname was in the match from start to finish.
Astoundingly, Suriname kept more possession of the ball in its matches than both Jamaica and Costa Rica. Plus, Suriname outshot Costa Rica 16-11 but hit the post multiple times.
Recently promoted to the CONCACAF Nations League A, I think Suriname could surprise with its performance in future tournaments. Unfortunately, Suriname has been eliminated from contention for the knockout stage of the Gold Cup but there are positive takeaways.
Just qualifying for its first ever Gold Cup is a definite win for the Surinamese. This is a revitalized team with players who mostly play in European leagues. Vlijter has also scored more goals for his country than he has appearances.
Most importantly, Suriname has proved it can compete with CONCACAF’s best and didn’t look at all out of place vs Jamaica or Costa Rica. Expect big things from Suriname in the future.
Guadeloupe’s Near Result vs Jamaica
I expected Guadeloupe to keep it close vs Jamaica and the Gwada Boys followed through. But, Jamaica was able to get what it wanted after a fourth minute own goal changed its approach. Jamaica’s attacks were a terrifying prospect for the Guadeloupe defense, who struggled to handle the skill and pace of the Jamaican players.
Jamaica outshot Guadeloupe 17-7 in the match and Cory Burke leveled the scoreline just ten minutes later with an impressive strike. Guadeloupe’s Kevin Malpon nearly put Guadeloupe ahead again in first half stoppage time, but Andre Blake made an excellent save.
Guadeloupe was able to keep Jamaica at bay until the 87th minute. The winner, scored by substitute Junior Flemmings, was as good of an individual goal as you’ll see anywhere. Flemings beat three Guadeloupe defenders and put a left-footed strike past GK Yohann Thuram-Ulien.
It was an unfortunate way for Guadeloupe to bow out of the tournament, but at least the Gwada Boys can play for pride vs Suriname.
Both Guadeloupe and Suriname have performed admirably against tough Group C opposition. Suriname has kept possession of the ball more than both of its opponents and has looked threatening going forward. I don’t think Guadeloupe poses as much of an attacking threat and has been shaky defensively in its two games. Back Suriname to win its first ever Gold Cup match.