The 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup has been tricky to handicap.
It’s clear that some of the heavyweights, like the United States and Canada, are not too fussed about the tournament and are more interested in experimenting with their lineups and getting up-and-coming players some international experience.
That showed in Canada’s first match, a stunning 2-2 draw against Guadeloupe, and could point us in the direction of a big price on Saturday night, too.
The Canadians are prohibitive -190 favorites on the three-way moneyline against Guatemala, but that’s a really tough price to swallow given the way the Canucks played in their opener this week.
Guatemala vs. Canada pick
Guatemala, on the other hand, will absolutely be up for this and looked defensively solid in a 1-0 win over Cuba in their first contest of the group stage.
Guatemala will come into this match as sizable underdogs and only needing a draw to put themselves in a great spot to advance, so you’re almost certain to see the Central Americans set up shop very defensively and allow Canada to have the ball all night long.
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But this version of Canada — one that is missing its best players — will have a lot of trouble breaking down Guatemala, which could turn this match into a slog.
That’s always good news for the underdog — especially one sitting at this number — and calls for a bet on the underdog on Saturday night.
Guatemala (+550, FanDuel)
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