Costa Rica v Cuba (1.30am, live on ESPN)
Belize v USA (4am, live on ESPN)

MY Gold Cup tips are mirroring my success in the Confederations Cup – so far -with three out of four recommended bets coming in even though there have been a couple of surprise results.

The next two games features short-priced favourites against minnows with Costa Rica facing Cuba and hosts USA up against tournament debutants Belize.

Costa Rica are first up and are a best 1-5 at Paddy Power while Cuba are as big as 22-1 at BetVictor. Those prices suggest an absolute hammering but Cuba's worst defeat in the last two years has been 3-0 so a 2-0 or 3-0 looks the most likely outcome.

So rather than backing Costa Rica -2 at 5-4 with boylesports or Costa Rica -3 at 5-2 with William Hill I'm looking at Costa Rica at 5-6 with Paddy Power to win to nil. Costa Rica -1 is another option at 8-15 with Skybet.

The sides met in the last Gold Cup and Costa Rica won 5-0 but Cuba, who lost their other two group games 5-0 and 6-1, seem to have improved defensively since then.

In the later game the USA are even shorter at 1-14 with Paddy Power while Belize are 40-1 at BetVictor.

The hosts and tournament favourites beat Guatemala 6-0 in a warm-up last week and this could be a similar sort of result. On the handicaps I like USA -3 at 13-10 with Paddy Power.

Landon Donovan netted twice in that game and I've already tipped the LA Galaxy star to score first at 2-1 with the likes of Betway and Skybet.

Recommended Bets

Costa Rica to win to nil
(5-6, Paddy Power)

USA -3
(13-10, Paddy Power)

Donovan to score first
(2-1, Betway, Skybet)

  1. Unhinged Canary 7 years ago

    Need better luck on these tonight. Went for Draw at Halftime or Full time and also Draw Full time on the T&T game and then thought I’d use the winnings to put towards a Honduras win.

    Or, so I’d thought…..

    Checked the result of the T&T game and was delighted to see 2-2.

    Patiently waited for my winnings to come through and then I had a sinking feeling….

    I’d put both bets on the wrong game…..

    Sadly Haiti & Honduras didn’t deliver a draw.

    That’ll teach me to place bets when half-asleep…. :(

    • RabTheHermit 7 years ago

      I know the feeling UC. I took over 2 extra time goals on the Ghana v Chile under 20s the other night. When my winnings didn’t come through and I checked back I found I had taken extra time corners. Nothing worse than watching a game for something to come in and when it does finding out later you never had it on all that time.

      I’ll have a small punt on Mr F’s selections tonight. Both look good shouts and the tips have been spot on so far.

  2. The UHT 7 years ago

    Posted this in the wrong night-owl’s section…!

    But while I’m on, definitely like the win to nil in both these games and will have a nibble at the win-to-nil double!

    Brazil Serie B (11.30pm)

    Paysandu PA v Sao Caetano H 2.08 D 3.28 A 3.16

    I’m going to take you back two or three weeks when Sao Caetano played away at Oeste.

    Oeste, we noted, were last season’s Serie C champions, and we said Serie B’s a step up in class, and so far they’ve done OK, especially at home, with two wins and a draw, but they’re a smallish club and this is likely to be the highest level they can go to…

    So, let’s note that Paysandu were promoted from Serie C in third. And they’ve played at home 4 times – two wins, two draws. But they haven’t actually played anybody that great yet…

    And a couple of weeks back, what we said about Sao Caetano was that in last year’s Serie B, they’d finished 5th – 4 teams are promoted.

    We also noted they were the TOP away side with the following season record:

    P19 W11 D5 L3 F31 A20

    That’s a blistering away record!

    We also said, despite only being formed in 1989, they had a pedigree from the early 2000s when they were runners-up in Serie A and also runners-up in the South American Champions League, the Copa Libertadores.

    That’s a side that’s looking to get back to the top.

    As things turned out, Caetano beat Oeste 3-0 in that game two or three weeks back, and my money’s on lightning to strike twice.

    The away is 23/10, and I can’t resist having a nibble on Sao -1 at 13/2.

    Good luck with all your bets overnight!

  3. rick 7 years ago

    Will u be posting anything on womens championships mr f?

    • Mr Fixit 7 years ago

      rick, don’t know about the women’s football. Might have a look but I can’t claim to be an expert.

  4. Unhinged Canary 7 years ago

    I’ve sort of gone with it.

    Done Costa Rica -1 and USA game over 3.5 goals.

    I think….. ;)

    Pays a smidge over evens.

  5. Rory 7 years ago

    On that we double mr f won’t be staying up to watch the games work in the morning but hopefully the pot is a bit bigger in the morning…Good luck everyone who’s taking a punt

  6. MillwallPunter 7 years ago

    Costa Rica @ 1.80
    To Win to Nil
    USA @ 1.61
    To Win to Nil

    £10 Pays £29 @ Paddy Power

  7. AL 7 years ago

    Belize v USA

    1st Half Over 1.5 @ 3/4 betvictor

    This bet jumped out at me, USA are 1/33 to win the game outright, which tells you they are huge favourites and should win comfortably by a few goals. 2 goals in the 1st half shouldn’t be too much of an ask!

    1st Half Over 2.5 @ 12/5 betvictor

    Small stake on this also, if USA can get an early goal you’d expect them to be at least 2-3 up by half time.

    • Mr Fixit 7 years ago

      AL, as I said should win by something between four and six so you’re right to point out the value in the over 1.5 USA goals first half. I’ve got a few bets on the game and we’ll see in the morning if any have come in.

  8. kev 7 years ago

    Sitting in hawaii waiting for ur tips to come up mr f… on point as always!

    • Mr Fixit 7 years ago

      Kev, show-off! Anyway go buy yourself another cocktail with the winnings.

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