Group F: Mexico – World Cup Betting Odds & Tips
Mexico are a regular feature in the knockout stages of the World Cup but they face a tough battle if they are repeat that trick in Russia. El Tri have reached the last 16 of each of the last six tournaments, but they have failed to make it beyond that stage on each of those occasions, going down 2-1 against the Netherlands four years ago.
Coach Juan Carlos Osorio will be tasked with trying to improve on that showing at this year’s tournament, but Mexico will face a difficult challenge to even make it out of Group F, as they must negotiate their way past world champions Germany, as well as Sweden and South Korea.
The Mexicans will not be helped as they will take on Germany in their opening match and if they were to lose that contest then the pressure would certainly be on for their remaining group games.
One thing Mexico can certainly boast is a wealth of experience, not least through captain Andres Guardado, who has won 142 caps for his country and featured at three World Cups.
Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoais another player with experience at the highest level and he was a particularly impressive performer in Brazil four years ago, while the evergreen Rafael Márquez could also feature at the tournament even though he will be 39 by the time it kicks off.
Arguably it is up front where Mexico’s talents particularly lie, as in Javier Hernandez they have a proven goalscorer, despite his struggles for West Ham this season, while Hirving Lozano is arguably one of the hottest prospects around at the moment and he was also Mexico’s top scorer during qualifying.
As the second highest ranked team in their group Mexico will fancy their chances of reaching the knockout stages and they are available at 6.00 to finish top of Group F.