Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz are among the 7 of eight teams hoping to clinch a 2022 FIFA Globe Cup berth from the Concacaf region that will be hunting for their first gain, on Sunday, following a tight opening day of the Remaining Spherical of qualification in which there have been 3 attracts and a solitary get by a single intention.
The Reggae Boyz have been the only group to taste defeat in the opening round on Thursday and will host Panama at the Countrywide Stadium at 5:00 pm without spectators.
Panama performed a goalless draw against Costa Rica in their to start with qualifying fixture of the ultimate spherical.
For the initially time, Concacaf has provided eight groups in the remaining round of qualifying for the Planet Cup. The groups will engage in a spherical-robin, house, and away format which consists of 14 matches each. Owing to the world overall health pandemic, a procedure that normally usually takes area throughout the course of 18 months has been decreased to 7. Furthermore, the condensed schedule features 4 ‘triple dates’ consisting of three matches during a 7-day window. Today’s matches are the 2nd set of game titles in that 7-day window.
At the close of the 14 matches, the top rated three groups will qualify for the 2022 FIFA Entire world Cup in Qatar, and the fourth-positioned group improvements to an inter-confederation engage in-offs.
The Reggae Boyz find them selves at the bottom of the standings right after struggling a defeat in Mexico at the Estadio Azteca. Jamaica considered they had done enough to safe a stage from the match but Henry Martin scored a winner in the 89th moment to give Mexico the 3 factors.
However, the Reggae Boyz will be bolstered, and not just due to the fact they will be at home but head mentor Theodore Whitmore will be equipped to hand West Ham United’s all-time Leading League-leading scorer Michail Antonio his Jamaica debut.
The Reggae Boyz will also be capable to phone on other star gamers like Fulham’s Bobby Decordova-Reid, Daniel Johnson of Championship club Preston North Close, Ravel Morrison of Derby State, and Kemar Roofe of Rangers.
People vital England-based gamers had been not able to vacation with the workforce to Mexico due to the fact, underneath its COVID-19 guidelines, the United Kingdom has named Mexico on its red list. This implies that players returning to England would have experienced to quarantine and would miss out on up to three club online games and the respective clubs have been not eager to assist that situation.
Jamaica is on the United Kingdom’s amber listing, this means there are considerably less stringent steps for travellers returning from the Caribbean island. Having said that, Leon Bailey who now performs in England for Premiership side Aston Villa was not named in the 23-guy squad for the sport.
Panama will counter with a backline that was staunch inspite of the absence of Harold Cummings in the to start with match, with Andres Andrade and Fidel Escobar keeping down the center. Rolando Blackburn and Alfredo Stephens both equally had chances in the initial match but will hope to transform their prospects on Sunday to increase a 6-match undefeated streak from Jamaica in Globe Cup qualification matches.
The Canaleros could even go as significantly as to say that Kingston’s Nationwide Stadium, is like a second household. In their 3 matches in the Jamaican capital, Panama boast an amazing 2W-1D-0L record.
The fixture will be the initially global household match for the Reggae Boyz because March 2020 for the reason that of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jamaica squad: Andre Blake, Wesley Harding, Ethan Pinnock, Ravel Morrison, Alvas Powell, Liam Moore, Kemar Roofe, Oniel Fisher, Cory Burke, Bobby Reid, Shamar Nicholson, Junior Flemmings, Dillon Barnes, Javain Brown, Blair Turgott, Daniel Johnson, Michail Antonio, Lamar Walker, Adrian Mariappa, Kemar Lawrence, Tyreek Magee, Devon Williams, and Dennis Taylor.
Costa Rica vs Mexico
Mexico are sitting atop the desk soon after a late objective from Henry Martin that gave Tata Martino’s squad all three factors versus Jamaica with a 2-1 victory. Now, Mexico journey to Costa Rica and will be with out Martino, who is being in Mexico to show up at to a own well being subject. Costa Rica fought for a point in Panama, with goalkeeper Keylor Navas maintaining a clear sheet in the – attract.
Although Mexico have the historical collection, with 31 wins and only 6 losses, Costa Rica will hope to journey the power of the residence group to a end result like the 1-1 attract they acquired on the way to Russia 2018, or the 2-1 victory in excess of Mexico in the 2014 cycle. Both groups are hoping for some reinforcements, with Costa Rica ahead Joel Campbell doing work to recuperate from a knock, although late arrival to Mexico camp Jesus “Tecatito” Corona should be obtainable on the wing for Mexico assistant Jorge Theiler.
El Salvador vs Honduras
After attracts in their opening matches, Central American rivals El Salvador and Honduras meet up with for the 82nd time on Sunday. The past time the groups fulfilled in an official match, Honduras rolled previous El Salvador 4- in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup and it has been 28 a long time considering that the very last time La Selecta topped Honduras in Concacaf World Cup Qualifier (WCQ)
But, El Salvador manager Hugo Perez will feel he can transform the tide following a great defensive demonstrating led by heart-back again Eriq Zavaleta in a – draw from the United States. Honduras also will come in with the self-confidence that they can get at minimum a further street stage, with Romell Quioto a possibility to direct the line soon after moving into as a substitute in the 1-1 draw with Canada.
United states of america vs CANADA
As for Canada, they journey to Nashville, Tennessee, to take on the United States. Canada obtained a target from the place from Cyle Larin in the match towards Honduras but if not struggled to crack by means of Los Catrachos’ defense.
The United states also will intention to have far more attacking punch than they did in their initial match. Christian Pulisic may return immediately after not touring to El Salvador, and the United states will also appreciate taking part in in front of a supportive group at Nissan Industry.
It is the to start with time the North American squads will fulfill in qualification because the 1998 cycle when the Usa topped Canada 3- in both of those matches.