Mexico vs Chile
Date: Saturday, 23 March 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: San Diego County Credit Union Stadium (San Diego).
Mexico will not feature this term of Copa America as Japan and Qatar took the role of guest nations this time around. El Tri can thus begin the new era under Argentinian manager Gerardo Martino without pressure. They have a very strong squad with plenty of in-form players. Given they are pressure-free in the next pair of friendlies against Chile and Paraguay, we could expect them to produce loads up front.
The first of two test in this international break comes in the likes of Chile. La Roja used to a formidable force in South American circles in the last decade, but the change of generations did the job as they clearly struggle to find players to replace Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal.
Chile failed to even qualify for the World Cup in Russia and they have been far from impressive in friendlies after the big stage competition as well. Reinaldo Dueda’s men shipped four goals in two friendlies against the likes of Costa Rica and Honduras in November last year. They will thus clearly struggle to keep things tight at the back against the super strong attacking line of Mexico’s here.
Mexico vs Chile: Head-to-head
El Tri have a positive head to head record against Chile.
Mexico won 7, drew 4 and lost 5 of last 16 meetings with La Roja.
Just one of past six H2H outings produced goals at both ends.
Chile took a narrow 0-1 victory when teams last met each other in October last year.
Mexico vs Chile: Prediction
Martino has a deadly line-up of strikers in the Premier League likes of Raul Jimenez and Javier Hernandez. Hirving Lozano was one of stand-out performers at the World Cup in Russia and he will also get some minutes here against Chile.
Jimenez scored at least a goal in each of last three appearances for Wolverhampton Wanderers, including the opener in a 2-1 FA Cup victory over Manchester United on Sunday evening. We see a huge value in backing Mexico to win at the odds of 2.40, while you can alternatively back Raul Jimenez to score anytime at 3.10.
Mexico vs Chile: Bet Tips
Mexico to win @ 2.40 (7/5)
Raul Jimenez to score anytime @ 3.10 (21/10).