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Jimenez can edge tight final for El Tri in Chicago

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A Concacaf Gold Cup final between Mexico and the United States. Now there’s a surprise.

For the 14th time in 15 runnings of the competition, either Mexico or the USA will lift the trophy, and El Tri are favourites to oblige in Chicago.

Do they deserve to be favourites? Probably, although that’s more to do with reservations over their opponents than any great euphoria about them.

The draw is plenty short enough and this probably will be a tight contest between two teams who are hard to like.

Both made light work of easy groups, as they tend to do. Then the States made a real hash of seeing off Curacao in the last eight before looking slightly better against Jamaica in the semis.

Mexico needed penalties to get past Costa Rica and an extra-time penalty from Raul Jimenez of Wolves to take care of Haiti in a dismal semi.

Mexico are a long way from full strength with several key figures not involved, while the USA are a long way from being any good, though they do have midfielders who can run the show, notably Christian Pulisic, who will play for Chelsea next season.

The USA are light up front and will be tested at the back so Mexico probably merit slight favouritism, though there’s no great desire to back them.

Their big threat comes from Jimenez. He had a terrific campaign in the Premier League and banged in five goals, so he looks a solid selection to open the scoring at Soldier Field.

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Match in Focus

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Wolfsburg v Hoffenheim

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  • Wolfsburg have kept one clean sheet in their last eight home Bundesliga matches
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Hoffenheim have made a poor start to the Bundesliga season under new coach Alfred Schreuder and have failed to score in three of their opening four games but could still threaten on their trip to Wolfsburg, who have lost just one of their last 13 home matches but kept only one clean sheet in their last eight games on their own patch. Wolfsburg should justify favouritism as Wout Weghorst and Josip Brekalo have both hit the ground running but Hoffenheim scored in all 17 away games last term.