Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz are amongst seven of eight groups hoping to clinch a 2022 FIFA World Cup berth from the Concacaf area that will probably be searching for their first win, on Sunday, after a good opening day of the Closing Spherical of qualification wherein there have been three attracts and a single win by one purpose.
The Reggae Boyz had been the one crew to style defeat within the opening spherical on Thursday and can host Panama on the Nationwide Stadium at 5:00 pm with out spectators.
Panama performed a goalless draw in opposition to Costa Rica of their first qualifying fixture of the ultimate spherical.
For the primary time, Concacaf has included eight groups within the last spherical of qualifying for the World Cup. The groups will play a round-robin, residence, and away format which incorporates 14 matches every. Because of the world well being pandemic, a course of that usually takes place through the course of 18 months has been diminished to seven. Moreover, the condensed schedule contains 4 ‘triple dates’ consisting of three matches throughout a seven-day window. Right this moment’s matches are the second set of video games in that seven-day window.
On the finish of the 14 matches, the highest three groups will qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and the fourth-placed crew advances to an inter-confederation play-offs.
The Reggae Boyz discover themselves on the backside of the standings after struggling a defeat in Mexico on the Estadio Azteca. Jamaica thought that they had accomplished sufficient to safe some extent from the sport however Henry Martin scored a winner within the 89th minute to offer Mexico the three factors.
Nonetheless, the Reggae Boyz will probably be bolstered, and never simply because they are going to be at residence however head coach Theodore Whitmore will be capable of hand West Ham United’s all-time Premier League-leading scorer Michail Antonio his Jamaica debut.
The Reggae Boyz will even be capable of name on different star gamers like Fulham’s Bobby Decordova-Reid, Daniel Johnson of Championship membership Preston North Finish, Ravel Morrison of Derby Nation, and Kemar Roofe of Rangers.
These key England-based gamers had been unable to journey with the crew to Mexico as a result of, underneath its COVID-19 guidelines, the UK has named Mexico on its pink record. Which means that gamers returning to England would have needed to quarantine and would miss as much as three membership video games and the respective golf equipment weren’t prepared to help that place.
Jamaica is on the UK’s amber record, that means there are far much less stringent measures for travellers coming back from the Caribbean island. Nonetheless, Leon Bailey who now performs in England for Premiership aspect Aston Villa was not named within the 23-man squad for the sport.
Panama will counter with a backline that was staunch regardless of the absence of Harold Cummings within the first match, with Andres Andrade and Fidel Escobar holding down the center. Rolando Blackburn and Alfredo Stephens each had alternatives within the first match however will hope to transform their probabilities on Sunday to increase a six-match undefeated streak in opposition to Jamaica in World Cup qualification matches.
The Canaleros might even go so far as to say that Kingston’s Nationwide Stadium, is sort of a second residence. Of their three matches within the Jamaican capital, Panama boast a powerful 2W-1D-0L report.
The fixture would be the first worldwide residence recreation for the Reggae Boyz since March 2020 due to 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 after a late purpose from Henry Martin that gave Tata Martino’s squad all three factors in opposition to Jamaica with a 2-1 victory. Now, Mexico journey to Costa Rica and will probably be with out Martino, who’s staying in Mexico to take care of a private well being matter. Costa Rica fought for some extent in Panama, with goalkeeper Keylor Navas preserving a clear sheet within the 0-0 draw.
Whereas Mexico personal the historic collection, with 31 wins and solely six losses, Costa Rica will hope to experience the vitality of the house crowd to a end result just like the 1-1 draw they earned on the way in which to Russia 2018, or the 2-1 victory over Mexico within the 2014 cycle. Each groups are hoping for some reinforcements, with Costa Rica ahead Joel Campbell working to get better from a knock, whereas late arrival to Mexico camp Jesus “Tecatito” Corona needs to be accessible on the wing for Mexico assistant Jorge Theiler.
El Salvador vs Honduras
After attracts of their opening matches, Central American rivals El Salvador and Honduras meet for the 82nd time on Sunday. The final time the groups met in an official match, Honduras rolled previous El Salvador 4-0 within the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup and it has been 28 years for the reason that final time La Selecta topped Honduras in Concacaf World Cup Qualifier (WCQ)
But, El Salvador supervisor Hugo Perez will consider he can flip the tide after a great defensive exhibiting led by center-back Eriq Zavaleta in a 0-0 draw in opposition to america. Honduras additionally will are available with the boldness that they’ll get at the least one other street level, with Romell Quioto a chance to steer the road after coming into instead within the 1-1 draw with Canada.
USA vs CANADA
As for Canada, they journey to Nashville, Tennessee, to tackle america. Canada bought a purpose from the spot from Cyle Larin within the match in opposition to Honduras however in any other case struggled to interrupt by Los Catrachos’ protection.
The USA additionally will goal to have extra attacking punch than they did of their first match. Christian Pulisic might return after not touring to El Salvador, and the USA will even get pleasure from taking part in in entrance of a supportive crowd at Nissan Area.
It’s the primary time the North American squads will meet in qualification for the reason that 1998 cycle when the USA topped Canada 3-0 in each matches.