Canada and Martinique get their respective 2021 Gold Cup campaigns underway when they meet at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City on Sunday evening (23:30 UK time).
Les Rouges are seeking a second continental success this summer while Mario Bocaly’s underdogs look to escape the group phase, something Martinique have only done once before.
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Where to watch Canada vs Martinique on TV:
- UK: Premier Sports 1
- US: Fox Sports 1
Scoreline prediction: Canada 2-0 Martinique
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Canada vs Martinique build-up & previous line-ups:
Having finished runners-up in their 2019-20 CONCACAF Nations League group, Canada secured a 15th Gold Cup finals appearance. The Canucks are one-time winners having previously lifted the 2000 edition, but since then it’s been a largely disappointing run. Canada reached two semi-finals (2002 and 2007) as well as being dumped out of the group phase on five occasions (2003, 2005, 2011, 2013 and 2015). Last time out in 2019 they’d make the quarter-finals, where Canada faced Haiti and snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. John Herdman’s men raced into a 2-0 lead before conceding three unanswered goals.
Much like their opening week opponents, Martinique qualified for this summer’s Gold Cup after finishing second in their CONCACAF Nations League group. This will be their seventh appearance and third on the bounce after failing to reach the 2015 tournament. However, in their previous outings Les Matinino have made the knockout stages just once, that came 19 years ago when Canada eliminated them on penalties (6-5) in the final eight. Martinique did gain a semblance of revenge in the 2013 finals when they ran out 1-0 winners, but at the last championships Canada humbled Mario Bocaly’s side 4-0 .
- Canada (vs Haiti): Borjan; Henry, Kennedy, Vitória; Johnston, Eustáquio, Osorio, Kaye, Davies; David, Larin.
- Martinique (vs Honduras): Chauvet; Vitulin, Delem, Crétinoir, Camille; Hérelle, Mandouki; Marajo, Abaul, Fortuné; Rivière.
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Player to watch: Cyle Larin (Canada)
The absence of Ligue 1 winner Jonathan David, who has bagged 15 goals across 16 international appearances, will undoubtedly pile the scoring pressure on a number of teammates. Someone who could rise to the occasion is Besiktas forward Cyle Larin, especially as he goes into this Gold Cup tournament on the back off registering 19 goals in last season’s Süper Lig, which helped the Black Eagles win a 16th league title. Larin has been more than productive for Canada of late. In six recent World Cup qualifiers, he’s bagged seven goals and such form should ensure the Ontario-born winger starts against Martinique. Across five previous Gold Cup appearances, Larin failed to net but you’d fancy him breaking his duck this summer.