Japan vs Mexico
Date: Tuesday, 17 November 2020
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Merkur-Arena (Graz, Austria).
Japan locks horns with Mexico for a friendly football match in a neutral venue in Austrian city Graz.
Both teams are in good touch and were at the end of some good and solid recents amidst the pandemic and we neutrals can expect an entertaining match on Tuesday.
Japan kept their unbeaten run in 2020 alive with a narrow 1-0 win over Panama on Friday and they are yet to concede a goal this year, though it is only their third match this year.
On the other hand Mexico held their nerves in a thriller against South Korea and bagged a 3-2 win and extended their unbeaten run to 9 matches across all competition. There were 8 wins in that period and the only game they failed to win was the 2-2 draw against Algeria on 13th of last month.
Meantime, the most prominent win for Gerardo Martino’s men came against the Netherlands (1-0) in October. All in all, the El Tri looks like a team in blazing form and the one to beat this season.
However, the bookies do not see a clear favourite in this one, yet Mexico are favourites at 2.10 odd. Meantime, a win for Japan can be taken at 3.3 odds and the draw is priced at 3.50.
Japan vs Mexico Head-to-head
The teams met on three previous occasions and Mexico won twice and Japan once.
All three games saw the same 2-1 full-time scoreline, automatically qualifying for 100% btts and over 2.5 goals.
Japan vs Mexico Prediction
The Mexicans are on a good run of form and they have some skillful players and match winners in Raul Jimenez, Jesus Corona and Hirving Lozano. Therefore, it is fair to say that they are a strong bunch on paper in comparison with their opponent.
Japan are on a three match unbeaten run with clean sheets in each of them, but these came against low ranked sides. The squad has some upcoming players in Takumi Minamino and Takefusa Kubo, but they are largely untested against solid and experienced teams.
Last time Japan played against a strong team was in November 2019, against Venezuela and ended up losing 0-4 and failed to win a single match in the Copa America 2019 in June.
As per these observations, we may strike gold by backing Mexico to win this game. But expect some goals since defending is not the strong suit of Gerardo Martino’s men.
Japan vs Mexico Betting Tips
Mexico to win @ 2.10 odd
Over 2.5 goals @ 2.20 odd.