Poor field conditions could give under value in Gold Cup semis

Jul 24, 2013 |
Poor turf conditions in Dallas could give under bettors an edge in Wednesday’s CONCACAF Golf Cup semifinal action.

FoxSports.com reported on the terrible surface inside Cowboys Stadium, where natural grass sods were laid over the existing artificial field turf. According to Leander Schaerlaeckens, the field “looks in dreadful shape long before it’s even been played on”. Teams could have a tough time moving the ball on the poor surface with noticeable seams and bumps all over the field.

Oddsmakers have set the over/under for both semifinal matchups at 2.5 goals, with the under priced at +100 for the United State’s contest with Honduras and at -188 for Panama’s match versus Mexico.

Schaerlaeckens writes:

“Frankly, it looks like it was poorly laid, using a poor stock of grass. It is patchy, with long gashes between strips of it that don’t touch or line up. Green sand was being used to fill those holes, but that could do little to make the surface any softer. Walking over it even as a reporter in sneakers, the ground beneath you was noticeably hard and unforgiving.”

Books have the U.S. set as a -300 favorite versus Honduras (+900) with a draw at +375. Mexico is an EVEN money favorite against Panama (+275) with the draw paying +240.

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