Jamaica take on the visitors Mexico in the round 4 match CONCACAF Nations League. The match will be played on Wednesday, June 15th at Independence Park (Kingston).
Jamaica played for the first and last time at the World Cup in 1998 and they failed to qualify again since then. «Reggae Boys» got into the decisive round of qualification in the fight for tickets to Qatar. In 14 matches of this round, only 2 wins and 11 points were taken – only El Salvador and Honduras had fewer. To the nearest neighbor «from above», Panama, had as much as 10 points more. Now the next round has already begun, however, so far without a full-fledged mentor – Paul Hall has the status of «acting». Starting the current circle with a friendly against an unofficial team, Catalonia, and losing 0-6, then the Jamaica played 2 back-to-back matches against Suriname. On the road, it was not possible to take the victory due to Knight’s own goal in the 84th minute. At home, a confident 3-1 was recorded. In order not to lose the pace, the team also held a friendly with Uruguay. But it is clear that the dispute with Mexico will be the key one.
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Mexico can afford to experiment widely with the lineup. This country has enough talented footballers, and quite often many stars are left out of the selection. This time, for example, they decided not to invite such status players as Ochoa, Hector Moreno, Guadrado, Hector Herrera – each has + matches of this level. But Araujo, Salcedo, Lajun, Diego Reyes, Edson Alvarez, dos Santos, Raul Jimenez, Corona, Lozano, Pulido do not play now for various reasons. At the same time, in the current version there was only 1 debutant, Ochoa Jr. This team started with 2-1 in a friendly match against Nigeria. Then there were 0-3 and 0-0 in friendly matches, with Uruguay and Ecuador respectively. And only then did they finally start in the League of Nations, hosting Suriname. As expected, the giant, especially on their own field, had no problems – they took the victory with a score of 3-0.
The last time the national teams played a head-to-head was within the qualification for the World Cup in Qatar. Then Mexico was able to finish both meetings with 2-1 victories. Bookmakers believe that the Jamaican national team has no chance in this pair. Mexico is stronger even in this lineup and on the road – we are waiting for the victory of the visitors in this match.