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2021 Gold Cup Group D Preview: Qatar slightly favored to finish on top

Qatar is slightly favored to win in Group D. Who could join them in the knockout stages of the 2021 Gold Cup?

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Group D’s odds are relatively close with three teams all expected to have a fighting chance for the top two spots. Honduras and Panama both have a wealth of experience in Gold Cup play, while Grenada will make just their third appearance and Qatar is making their debut as the invited guests ahead of hosting next year’s World Cup.

Qatar

While Qatar isn’t part of CONCACAF, they were invited as guests for the 2021 edition in anticipation of them hosting the World Cup in winter of 2022. They’ve also already been invited to the 2023 edition of the tournament. Qatar’s entire roster is made up of players from the Qatar Stars League, with the majority of players coming from Al Sadd SC who are the reigning QSL champions. The Qataris, slightly favored to finish at the top of the group, will look to impress and make things difficult for the other teams in Group D as they hope to make a deep run.

Honduras

The Hondurans are looking for redemption this year after a disappointing showing in 2019 when they failed to advance out of the group stage. They’ve appeared in every single edition of the Gold Cup tournament except for 2002 when they failed to qualify. Honduras will look to names like former MLS player Alberth Elis to find success in the final third and put goals in the back of the net.

Panama

Making their ninth-straight Gold Cup appearance, Panama will yet again look for that ever-elusive title. They’ve made it to the final twice — in 2005 and again in 2013 — but lost to the United States both times. The Panamanian squad includes only one MLS player in Anibal Godoy who is currently a midfielder for the San Jose Earthquakes. However, their roster is highlighted by the likes of Gabriel Torres, Jose Calderon, and Andres Andrade.

Grenada

Qualifying for just their third-ever Gold Cup appearance, Grenada makes a return to the CONCACAF stage after a 10-year absence, with their last appearance coming in 2011. History hasn’t been kind to them, as they’ve only played six games in Gold Cup play and lost every single one. In fact, through those six games they only managed to score one goal in a 7-1 loss to Honduras in 2011. They’ll look to at least fare better this time around even though the other teams in their group will make it especially difficult for them to advance.

Odds to win group, finish second

Qatar: +120, -400
Honduras: +175, -250
Panama: +200, -200
Grenada: +5000, +2000

Group D Schedule

  • Tuesday July 13, 7 p.m. Qatar vs. Panama (BBVA Stadium, Houston, TX)
  • Tuesday July 13, 9 p.m. Honduras vs. Grenada (BBVA Stadium, Houston, TX)
  • Saturday July 17, 7:30 p.m. Grenada vs. Qatar (BBVA Stadium, Houston, TX)
  • Saturday July 17, 9:30 p.m. Panama vs. Honduras (BBVA Stadium, Houston, TX)
  • Tuesday July 20, 9 p.m. Panama vs. Grenada (Exploria Stadium, Orlando, FL)
  • Tuesday July 20, 9 p.m. Honduras vs. Qatar (BBVA Stadium, Houston, TX)

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