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Monday, December 23, 2019

Gold Cup 2021 qualification play-offs simulations (December 2019)

The composition of the two qualification rounds, to be played next March and June, for the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2021 was drawn two weeks ago. Both rounds contain four two-legged play-offs.

In the first round the 4 group winners of league C from the CNL 2019 were drawn against the 4 runners-up from the groups in league B. The 4 winners of these first round play-offs are then drawn against the 4 group numbers 3 from the groups in league A.
The 4 winners of the second round join the 12 already qualified teams for the Gold Cup 2021 final tournament.

Here are the probabilities (in %), generated over 10.000 simulations, to win each qualification round. All match-results in each simulation are based on ClubElo prediction formula's for goals scored in a match depending on elo home win expectancy.

First qualification round:

French Guyana (B) 82,59
Bahamas (C) 17,41
Guyana (B) 57,18
Barbados (C) 42,82
Guadeloupe (C) 57,67
St. Vincent and the Grenadines (B) 42,33
Guatemala (C) 98,72
Montserrat (B) 1,28

Second qualification round (in square brackets for first round participants also the probability to win when qualified for the second round):

Bermuda (A) 58,94
French Guyana (B) 37,63 [45,56]
Bahamas (C) 3,43 [19,70]
Trinidad and Tobago (A) 66,01
Guyana (B) 21,77 [38,07]
Barbados (C) 12,22 [28,54]
Haiti (A) 79,33
Guadeloupe (C) 12,11 [21,00]
St. Vincent and the Grenadines (B) 8,56 [20,22]
Guatemala (C) 73,32 [74,27]
Cuba (A) 26,50
Montserrat (B) 0,18 [14,06]

Bad luck for Cuba (and Montserrat).

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  1. With Qatar now playing in the 2021 Gold Cup the qualification playoffs have now been redrawn as 3 separate 4 team playoffs in July 2021.

    The 14 round 2022 WCQ Octagonal (3rd) stage is now scheduled as 4 triple headers and a double header between September 2021 and March 2022, with the first round (teams 6-35) and second round (teams 6-11) played in March and June 2021.