Sunday’s CONCACAF Nations League: Mexico vs Jamaica, Cuba vs Guadeloupe, Antigua and Barbuda vs Barbados & Puerto Rico vs Cayman Islands.
Mexico vs Jamaica
Will Mexico once again be featuring at the CONCACAF Nations League Finals?
On Thursday night, the Diego Cocca era began in Paramaribo, with Mexico beating Suriname 2-0; Johan Vásquez amongst the scorers.
This win saw el Tri leap to the top of the group and qualify for this summer’s Gold Cup, knowing a point here will see them rubber stamp a ticket to the Nations League Finals.
If Jamaica want to be appearing at that final four tournament in Las Vegas on 15 June, they’ll need to beat Mexico on the road for the first time ever.
The Reggae Boyz have five points on the board so far, impressively holding Mexico to a 1-1 draw last summer.
This emphasises that Heimir Hallgrímsson’s side are a competitive team, but Mexico are likely to get the required result at Estadio Azteca.
Cuba vs Guadeloupe
Will Cuba get the result they need to secure an immediate return to League A?
On Thursday night, Maikel Reyes was the only scorer, on target after just three minutes, as his side beat bottom of the group Barbados in Wildey.
This leaves los Leones del Caribe top of Group A, needing just a draw to wrap up top spot, promotion to the top-tier and a place at this summer’s Gold Cup.
Below them, there’s a real scrap for second, which brings with it a place in the Gold Cup prelims.
Guadeloupe could have, at least, second place wrapped up already, but were beaten 1-0 by Antigua and Barbuda in Les Abymes on Thursday.
This leaves those two teams level on nine points, with Jocelyn Angloma’s side therefore needing to match Antigua’s result to maintain their position in second.
With home advantage on their side, Cuba are likely to prevail at Estadio Antonio Maceo.
Antigua and Barbuda vs Barbados
Will Antigua and Barbuda snatch second spot, thereby ensuring they’ll be competing in June’s Gold Cup prelims?
On Thursday night, Ashley Nathaniel-George was the only scorer as they secured a potentially crucial 1-0 victory over Guadeloupe at Stade René Serge Nabajoth.
This means those two teams are level on nine points, both desperate to end up as group runners-up.
With Guadeloupe facing Cuba simultaneously, the Benna Boys will be hoping a win here will be enough, despite the fact their goal difference is currently inferior by two.
A home win seems likely with Barbados bottom of this group, yet to get off the mark.
The Bajan Tridents were beaten 1-0 by Cuba on Thursday, and are thankful that competition reconstruction means they cannot be relegated.
Antigua and Barbuda won the reverse fixture 1-0 last June, and would take a similar result at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
Puerto Rico vs Cayman Islands
Will Puerto Rico end this CONCACAF Nations League campaign with a 100% record?
On Thursday, goals from Leandro Antonetti, Devin Vega and then Ian Silva saw el Huracán Azul come from behind to beat the British Virgin Islands 3-1.
Having scored nine unanswered goals across two games back in June, Charlie Trout’s team have rubber stamped promotion to League B, as well as a place in this summer’s Gold Cup prelims.
So, will they end this group with four wins out of four?
The Cayman Islands will travel to Bayamón with some trepidation, having been swatted aside 3-0 in the reverse fixture in George Town.
Alexander González’s team won four of six Nations League C games during the inaugural edition, but are yet to win this time round, drawing twice with the Cayman Islands, both 1-1.
A home win at Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel seems likely.