Making their sixteenth appearance in the World Cup finals are Mexico who’ll be quietly confident that they can go on and enjoy a positive summer. Led by veteran coach Juan Carlos Osorio, Mexico are a footballing nation that’s certainly on the up and their passionate fans will have high hopes for what they can achieve in Eastern Europe. They’re a nation with a rich history in the World Cup in terms of qualifying and competing in the tournament, with their total of fifteen appearances to date one of the biggest of any team. But unfortunately matters on the pitch haven’t gone as they would’ve liked, with them yet to make it past the quarter-finals.It would take a pretty incredible for them to surpass that this summer with them in a pretty tough looking group on paper alongside South Korea, Sweden and reigning World Champions Germany. They’re certainly capable of progressing and going through into the knock out round, but it won’t be easy against three sides who enjoyed excellent qualification campaigns. Mexico breezed through theirs, with them losing just one game on their way to topping the CONCACAF group ahead of the likes of Costa Rica and the United States.Juan Carlos Osario’s men were favourites to go through and they duly delivered by accumulating 21 points from a possible 30. Things won’t be as simple in Russia against a much higher calibre of opposition but the bookies do fancy Mexico’s chances of performing well. Most bets for Mexico are for them to finish runners-up in Group F at odds of 7/4 which would see them qualify for the knockout round. That’s something they’ve done in each of their last seven appearances at the World Cup finals and if they can do it this time around it will be very impressive.
Group Qualification Tips
The draw for the 2018 World Cup threw up some interesting clashes and Group F is certainly one that won’t be short on quality. Alongside the World Champions Germany there are three nations who’ll all be very confident that they can go on and qualify for the knockout round, so it’s bound to be very competitive. Mexico are the bookies favourites to go through as runners-up (7/4) behind massive favourites Germany which look like decent odds. Mexico have gone through the group stage as runners-up in five of their last six World Cup appearances so history suggests it could happen again in Russia despite the strength of their opponents.Mexico’s form coming into the World Cup has been very good too, with them winning twenty of their previous thirty two games in all competitions. They lost just once during qualification which came on the final day against Hondura when qualification was already sealed and they’ll be confident that they can bring that form through into Russia. They kick off with their toughest game of all against Germany on match day one and if they can get anything from it that will be a huge bonus with them priced up at odds of 11/2 to win, but their fate will be decided against Sweden and South Korea.They’re likely to go down to a defeat in that opening game so it will be a big test of their character to bounce back and win their other two games to go through as runners-up. But it could also work in their favour to get their toughest game out of the way first. Due to the competitive nature of the group there’s more good odds on offer for Mexico’s fate in the group. They’re available at 2/1 to finish in third position and 3/1 to end exit the tournament in fourth, so there’s plenty of value about when it comes betting on Mexico’s World Cup group.
Odds on Mexico Winning the World Cup
Mexico have a proud history in international football with them winning the Confederations Cup (1) and CONCACAF Cup (10) but they’ve never once made it beyond the quarter-finals of the World Cup. It’s a source of frustration for their fans but they don’t possess the huge pools of talent that the elite nations such as Brazil, Germany, Argentina, France etc all have. This year the competition is as fierce as ever and it’s put Mexico well down the list of favourites to go on and win the World Cup in July.Juan Carlos Osorio’s men are a huge 100/1 to win the 2018 World Cup, making them fifteenth favourites to go all the way. Even host nation Russia who’re ranked 62 in the FIFA world rankings are above them at 40/1 which is very surprising, especially with Mexico coming in at 17th. Mexico have proven in qualification and in their friendly games that they can be a force to be reckoned with when they’re on top form but unfortunately for them we can see them challenging the top sides in Russia.They could potentially face Brazil in the first knockout round if results go as we’re expecting them to, so it’ll be very difficult for them to progress into the latter stages of the competition. They’re priced at 9/4 to be eliminated from the World Cup in the round of sixteen which looks like a good bet.
Mexico’s World Cup Squad
Mexico’s squad will have plenty of familiar faces to fans who regularly watch European football. The standout one is West Ham’s Javier Hernandez who’s been a fantastic servant to the national team. The 29 year-old has accumulated a hugely impressive 99 caps already and he leads the all time scoring charts 49 goals to his name, giving him an impressive strike rate of a goal in just under every other game. He’s their talisman and he’s not their only attacking threat, with the likes Raul Jimenez, Carlos Vela and Hirivng Lozano both very dangerous.Lozano in particular is someone that the Mexico fans have incredibly high hopes for after impressing in the Eredivise for PSV Eindhoven. The 22 year-old has taken the Dutch league by storm and he’s seen as the man to take the reigns long term from Hernandez. There’s bound to be plenty of interest in his services on the transfer front in the summer so it’s going to be interesting to see how he fares on the biggest stage of all.Away from the inexperience of Lozano, Mexico have plenty of men who’ve been there and done it plenty of times both at club and international level. Stalwarts such as Hector Herrera, Hector Moreno, Miguel Layun, Andres Guardado and the ever green Rafa Marquez are all expected to be included in Osario’s 23 and with some of them approaching the end of their international careers they will be desperate to put on a show.
Mexico’s World Cup Fixtures
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Germany V Mexico, Sunday 17th June – Moscow (Luzhniki), 4 pm
South Korea V Mexico, Saturday 23rd June – Rostov on Don, 4 pm
Mexico V Sweden, Wednesday 27th June – Ekaterinburg, 3 pm