Mexico vs Germany:
Olympics 2016: Group C,
Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2016,
Kick-off: 0:00 UK.
Venue: Arena Fonte Nova (Bahia).
A Super Classic football games is in prospects when Mexico and Germany take the field at Arena Fonte Nova for their Group C fixture of Rio Olympic games 2016 on Friday.
Mexico’s football team booked their tickets to Rio after winning the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Championship qualification last year. They defeated Honduras 2-0 in the finals. Mexico won the gold medal in Men’s Football category at the London Olympics 2012, now they will hope to start their 2016 campaign on the same note.
Germany are entering the Men’s Olympic football for the first time the country’s reunification. They had won two bronze medals as West Germany, in 1964 Tokyo and 1998 Seoul. They booked their place in Rio after making the semi-finals of the under-21 UEFA Euro Championship 2015 hosted in Czech Republic.
Mexico: Team News
The Mexican under-23 team coached by Raul Gutierrez had a number of talented youngsters. The 21-year old Pachuca forward Hirving Lozano, who caught the eye of Manchester United in the transfer window is the pick of the bunch.
While they will be benefited by the presence of Oribe Peralta, who was a key figure in their 2012 Olympics gold winning team. The experienced goal keeper Alfredo Talavera and defender Jorge Torres Nilo are the other two over-aged players alongside Peralta.
Except Erick Torres, who play his trade in the Major League Soccer, every other player in the squad represents Mexican Liga MX.
Mexico: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Talavera – Nilo, Abella, Silva, Aguirre – Guzman, Pizzaro, Gonzales – Torres, Lozano, Peralta.
Germany: Team News
Germany head-coach Horst Hrubesch has an abundance of talent at his disposal, with most of the youngsters playing their trade in Bundesliga. Arsenal midfielder Serge Gnarby is the only player who plays his trade outside Germany.
The two Bender brothers Lars and Sven together with Freiburg striker Nils Petersen are the three overage players in the German squad. In goal, they have the experience of Timo Horn, while the likes of Mathias Ginter, Max Meyer and Julian Brandt are all regular names for their respective clubs.
Germany: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Horn – Toljan, Sule, Klostermann, Ginter – Lars Bender, Sven Bender – Brandt, Gnarby, Meyer – Petersen.
Mexico vs Germany: Head to Head stats
Mexico have a poor record against Germany in senior football, as they had tasted victory only once in 10 meetings. While the Mannschaft bagged 5 wins and 4 draws to their name.
Mexico’s biggest every defeat was inflicted by East Germany, in the 7-0 rout at Bavaria on 5 September 1972.
Mexico vs Germany: Prediction
The Mexicans have some exciting talents in their squad, but most of the Germans youngsters have the experience of playing at the highest level. Even the Germans are far ahead in player quality than their Friday’s opponent. But El Tricolor won the gold medal in 2012 with a similar kind of squad. So we can expect one of two surprises from them this time out.
Germany are expected to win this one, considering the fact that they do well in whichever competition they enter these days. We will be backing Germany to win this one, but on the safer side you can back them on a double chance.
Mexico vs Germany: Tips
1. Germany win
2. Over 2.5 goals