Trinidad and Tobago vs Curacao Match Analysis & Prediction
08/09/2023 1:00 am
Trinidad and Tobago and Curacao will begin the new CONCACAF Nations League campaigns on Thursday at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.
The Soca Warriors secured a spot in League A of this competition following the disqualification of Nicaragua, while La Familia Azul maintained their place in the top tier of the Nations League despite finishing bottom of their group in 2022-23 with just three points.
Nicaragua finished a point above Trinidad in the table but used an ineligible player, eliminating them from a promotion into League A, while also giving the Soca Warriors an automatic berth into the 2023 Gold Cup.
Thursday will be the first time TNT play a game at Hasely Crawford Stadium since beating Saint Martin 2-0 in a January friendly earlier this year, while Angus Eve’s side have not lost there since 2019 (2-0 defeat to Honduras).
Making a third successive appearance in League A, this competition will give Curacao a chance to put sme past CONCACAF disappointments behind them.
In their first appearance at this tournament, Curacao missed out on the semi-finals by a single point, but followed that up by finishing last in a group with Canada and Honduras in 2022-21.
They were eliminated in the opening round of their 2023 Gold Cup qualifying playoff against Saint Kitts and Nevis, conceding an equaliser in the 83rd minute and losing 3-2 on penalties.
It has been over a year since this team won a game within 90 minutes, beating Honduras 2-1 in the Nations League group stage last year, having failed to score in their other three matches played in that competition.
Remko Bicentini’s side have been outscored by a margin of 9-1 in their four matches played this year but have not lost to a Caribbean opponent over 90 minutes since suffering a 2-1 defeat to Antigua and Barbuda in a 2019 CONCACAF Nations League qualifier.
Trinidad and Tobago vs. Curacao Head to head
In the 16 previous meetings between these two teams, Trinidad and Tobago have claimed 10 victories while Curacao have won two, and they have drawn in four. Curacao have scored 11 goals and conceded 36 in the process.
15/05/1983Curacao0Trinidad and Tobago0Olympic Qualifying Concacaf
04/03/2000Trinidad and Tobago5Curacao0Concacaf World Cup Qualifiers
18/03/2000Curacao1Trinidad and Tobago1Concacaf World Cup Qualifiers
12/11/2014Curacao2Trinidad and Tobago3Caribbean Cup
06/06/2015Curacao1Trinidad and Tobago0Friendlies
Trinidad and Tobago Team News
Trinidad could be without Levi Garcia after he sustained a thigh injury with his club side AEK Athens, while Kevin Molino announced his retirement from international football recently.
Neveal Hackshaw, Noah Powder and Joevin Jones each had two goals in their previous Nations League appearances to lead the way.
Trinidad and Tobago's Last 5 Matches
28/03/2023Trinidad and Tobago1Nicaragua1Concacaf Nations League
12/06/2023Trinidad and Tobago1Guatemala0Friendlies
25/06/2023Trinidad and Tobago3St Kitts and Nevis0Concacaf Gold Cup
29/06/2023Jamaica4Trinidad and Tobago1Concacaf Gold Cup
03/07/2023United States6Trinidad and Tobago0Concacaf Gold Cup
Curacao Team News
Jearl Margaritha, Jaron Vicario and Nino Fancito will be seeking their first caps for Curacao this week.
The experienced Eloy Room, Jurgen Locadia, Xander Severina and Nigel Thomas are the notable absentees for La Pantera Azul.
Curacao's Last 5 Matches
26/03/2023Curacao0Canada2Concacaf Nations League
17/06/2023Curacao1St Kitts and Nevis1(P)Concacaf Gold Cup Qualification
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