Portugal v Mexico Betting Tips and Odds – 02/07/17

Portugal v Mexico Betting Tips and Odds – 02/07/17

Portugal v Mexico

Portugal v Mexico Betting Tips and Odds

In our Portugal v Mexico betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

Overview

Portugal and Mexico meet at the Otkrytiye Arena in Moscow on Sunday afternoon in the Confederations Cup third-place play-off. These two sides have already met in this competition back on match day one in Group A when they played out an entertaining 2-2 draw. Portugal ended up topping the group ahead of their opponents and they come into this clash as favourites, despite missing their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo who’s been granted early leave following the birth of his twins. Ronaldo’s absence will be a big boost for Mexico, who’ve proven this tournament that they’re a dangerous side going forward so it should make for an entertaining game.

Portugal v Mexico

Hector Moreno scored a last gasp equaliser back on match day one to snatch a 2-2 draw against Portugal

Portugal looking to pick up their fourteenth win in eighteen games

It’s been a whirlwind twelve months for Portugal since winning their first major tournament last summer. They defeated tournament hosts France in the final of Euro 2016 which sealed their place in the Confederations Cup and they’ll be extremely disappointed that they’ve failed to make it to the final. They came extremely close in the semi-finals after being held 0-0 after 120 minutes against Copa America holders Chile and were dumped out in the penalty shootout. They failed to net any of their three penalties against an inspired Claudio Bravo and it would’ve been tough for the players to take. Fernando Santos now has a job on his hands lifting his side ahead of this one and it’ll be interesting to see how they perform.

They’ll be without their skipper, but there’s still more than enough talent in their side for them to comfortably overcome this Mexico side. The likes of Bernardo Silva, Nani, Ricardo Quaresma and Andre Silva are all capable of coming up with match winning moments and they’ll be eager to impress in the absence of Ronaldo. Andre Silva in particular is an exciting prospect, he came into the tournament fresh from securing a big money move to AC Milan and Ronaldo has said he’s the future of Portugal. He’s impressed in Russia and has an excellent strike rate for the national team with 8 goals in 12 starts, so we’re backing him to bag here (5/4).

Portugal v Mexico

Young AC MIlan forward Andre Silva has eight goals in twelve caps for Portugal

Mexico have never beaten Portugal

Mexico come into this clash as big outsiders but there’s been a lot of positives to take from the Confederations Cup for them and they’re not to be underestimated. They’re one of the most entertaining sides in international football and Juan Carlos Osario always has them set up to attack. They’ve scored in each of their games so far but their style of play also comes at a price, leaving them exposed at the back. They’re yet to keep a clean sheet in Russia and their gaps at the back were ruthlessly exploited in their previous outing, when they were thrashed by World Champions Germany. It was a game that showcased both the good and bad side to their game, but class shone through with the Germans running riot.

Mexico had no fewer than 18 attempts during the game, a huge 11 more than their opponents but a lack of composure really cost them. The only thing their supporters had to shout about was an unreal goal from substitute Marco Fabian in the closing stages which proved to be nothing more than a consolation. We’re expecting them to still set up and play the same way here, which should make it an extremely free-flowing game with plenty of chances. Mexico know how to frustrate Portugal after snatching a draw (2-2) through Hector Moreno with seconds left on match day one, but we think Portugal will’ve learned from their lessons from that and edge this one.

Odds

These two sides met recently and drew but the bookmakers are expecting something very different this time round. Portugal come into the third place play-off as big favourites to come out on top at the second attempt, best priced at 13/10 with betfair. Mexico are pretty big outsiders and if you fancy them to cause an upset you will be rewarded with odds of 21/10 with betway – the draw is available at 5/2 (betway)

Recommended Bets:

Portugal to win & BTTS: (Best Priced at 5/2 at SkyBet) BET HERE

Andre Silva to score anytime: (Best Priced at 5/4 at SkyBet) BET HERE

Over 2.5 goals: (Best Priced at 4/6 at BetBright) BET HERE

Portugal v Mexico

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