Gold Cup Preview: Martinique

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After placing third place in the CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup, Martinique will be looking to bring this momentum and recent success into the Gold Cup. This squad is full of young players and veterans, who look to make a statement during this tournament.

Martinique played extremely well during this CFC Mens Caribbean tournament allowing only two goals while scoring 17. They will need to play like this if they want to do good during this tournament since they are in a tough group.

The biggest name left off this roster is Sporting Gijon defender, Jean-Sylvain Babin. He started 20 games for Sporting Gijon. He is a physical defender that can win balls in the air and make tackles.

Kevin Parsemain is a player that teams need to watch out for. Even though he is only five-feet-tall, his ability to dribble past defenders and finish is what makes him deadly. He poses a threat to opposing teams defenses and they need to watch out for him.

Looking at this Martinique roster, their biggest strength are their forwards. Steeven Langil and long-time star Kevin Parsemain pose big threats to opposing defenses. They are good finishers and can get behind the defense and score goals.

 

Martinique’s biggest weakness is their height. Their star forward is only five-feet-tall which makes it tough for him to win balls in the air. Their midfield is also small, so they lose most aerial battles. The average height of this team is 5 feet, 8 inches.

To do good in this tournament Martinique will need to be physical and take advantage of chances they get. If they do this they should advance from the group.

Prediction:

Martinique plays in Group B which consists of the United States of America, Panama, and Nicaragua. They will lose to the United States of America 5-1, lose to Panama 1-0, and tie Nicaragua 1-1. The top three from each group advance and unfortunately for Martinique fans, they will finish in last place in the Group and not advance.

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