Mexico will try to avoid a monumental upset when it begins defense of its title Saturday night against Trinidad and Tobago in its 2021 Gold Cup group-stage opener in Arlington, Texas. Mexico has won the event a record 11 times, five more than the United States, which it beat 1-0 in the final of Concacaf's top competition in 2019. El Tri is the 11th-ranked team in the world and is the Gold Cup 2021 title favorite at +120, according to William Hill Sportsbook. Trinidad and Tobago ranks 103rd and is +15000 to win the event. Only Guadeloupe (+25000) is a longer shot than the Soca Warriors, who needed eight rounds of penalties to beat French Guiana in a Tuesday match just to qualify.
Kickoff is set for 10 p.m ET from the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium. William Hill lists Mexico as the -2500 favorite (risk $2,500 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in its latest Mexico vs. Trinidad and Tobago odds from William Hill Sportsbook. Trinidad and Tobago is the +3500 underdog, and the over-under for total goals scored is 3.5. Before finalizing any Trinidad and Tobago vs. Mexico picks or Gold Cup 2021 predictions, you have to see what renowned soccer insider Martin Green has to say.
After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been spot-on. Green has generated nearly $19,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season. He has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
Now, Green has taken a close look at the Trinidad and Tobago vs Mexico odds and revealed his Gold Cup 2021 picks. You can head to SportsLine now to see those picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Mexico vs Trinidad and Tobago:
- Mexico vs. Trinidad and Tobago: Mexico -2.5 (-130)
- Mexico vs. Trinidad and Tobago over-under: 3.5 goals (under -140, over +110)
- Mexico vs. Trinidad and Tobago 90-minute money line: Mexico -1600, Trinidad and Tobago +5000, Draw +700
- MEX: Rogelio Funes Mori has 85 goals over the past six seasons in Liga MX
- TNT: Kevin Molino has 20 goals in his 50 international matches
Why you should back Mexico
El Tri has not lost to Trinidad and Tobago since 2005, and it will be fired up after a disappointing 3-2 loss to the United States in last month's Nations League final on a penalty in extra time. It is 10-4-1 in its last 15 matches against the Soca Warriors, and the Mexican attack is likely to overwhelm their defense. Rogelio Funes Mori, Hirving Lozano and Jesus Corona make up a scary scoring triumvirate. Funes Mori has been one of Liga MX's top scorers for several years with Monterrey and scored in his debut this month after becoming eligible as a naturalized citizen.
That debut came in a 4-0 win against Nigeria, and Hector Herrera scored twice in that match. The Atletico Madrid star is part of a talented midfield, with Edson Alvarez of Ajax distributing and Herrera and Erick Gutierrez of PSV Eindhoven in attacking roles. L.A. Galaxy star Jonathon dos Santos also scored in the last match, and Alan Pulido, who had six goals for Sporting KC before reporting, could play key roles. Mexico has not allowed a goal in its three games since that Nations League final, and the defense is anchored by Tigres standout Carlos Salcedo.
Why you should back Trinidad and Tobago
The Soca Warriors will be hard-pressed to win but have proven they can compete. They haven't beaten El Tri since 2005, but they have been held off the score sheet just three times in the eight matchups since. In the 2015 Gold Cup, Trinidad and Tobago won its group over Mexico, thanks in part to a 4-4 draw with the eventual champion. The Soca Warriors lost to Panama on penalties in the quarterfinals to miss out on a rematch in the semis.They also made the quarterfinals in 2013 but did not advance in 2017 after ending up in a group with the USA and Panama.
Former national-team midfielder Angus Eve has taken over as interim manager and has a strong rapport with the players. He will be emphasizing the David vs. Goliath aspect, and he has a lot of prideful veterans on his side. Columbus Crew midfielder Kevin Molino and Marcus Joseph can make a difference, and 24-year-old Reon Moore had two goals in a 6-1 win against Montserrat earlier this month. The scoring has been a group effort. Six different players had goals as the team went 2-2-0 while allowing one goal in World Cup qualifying, but it failed to advance.
How to make Mexico vs. Trinidad and Tobago or 2021 Gold Cup picks
Green has taken an in-depth look at the Mexico vs. Trinidad and Tobago match from every angle, and he is leaning under on the goal total (3.5). He also has two strong best bets, including one that returns plus-money, and complete analysis of this Gold Cup opener. He's only sharing his Concacaf Gold Cup picks and predictions at SportsLine.
So who wins Mexico vs. Trinidad and Tobago in Saturday's Gold Cup 2021 matchup? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for the Trinidad and Tobago vs. Mexico match, all from the European soccer expert who has generated nearly $19,000 for $100 bettors over the past four seasons, and find out.