Mexico vs. Jamaica Copa America Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/9/16
Jamaica vs. Mexico
Copa America: Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Rose Bowl)
The Line Jamaica +1406 / Mexico -351 -- Over/Under: 2.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS1, Univision, UDN
Mexico and Jamaica clash late Thursday night in the 2016 Copa America at the Rose Bowl.
Mexico are coming off an impressive 3-1 victory over Uruguay in its opening match. Mexico dominated the match from start to finish and was very aggressive with 17 shot attempts and seven of those shots on target. Hector Herrera led Mexico with four shot attempts and one goal while Rafael Marquez had three shots and one goal. Mexico scored a goal in the first five minutes and then pulled away late in the second half to avoid a draw. I mentioned earlier that this Mexico team is as deep and talented as it’s been in quite some time, and the rest of the tournament could be in trouble if the opening match is an indication of things to come.
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Jamaica are in need of a victory here after losing a 1-0 match to Venezuela in its opening match. Jamaica was able to get 10 shots total and three shots on target despite controlling the ball just 37.4 percent of the match. Giles Barnes led Jamaica with three shot attempts while Je-Vaughn Watson had two of his own. The Reggae Boyz certainly had their chances to at the very least leave with a draw but just couldn’t find the back of the net in what had to be a frustrating match. Of course it didn’t help that leading scorer Rodolph Austin was sent off with a red card. The good news for Jamaica is that the defense and physical play was there, allowing just three shots on target and committed 18 fouls in an overall tough played match.
I was high on Mexico heading into this tournament and its opening match victory instills even more confidence. Jamaica was in over its head coming into this match and that’s even more the case without Austin on the field.
Mexico should cruise to a victory in this match and pretty much lockup an advancement to the next round.