Mexico vs New Zealand
Date: Wednesday, 21st June 2017
Kick-off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi.
Mexico have a perfect opportunity to put themselves into a strong position to qualify from the group stages when they face New Zealand on Wednesday evening.
The El Tri started the tournament with the 2-2 draw against Portugal, leaving no surprises. They went in with the strongest possible eleven and dominated the game from kick-off until Quaresma scored for the European champions against the run of play. Mexico was quick in responding with an immediate goal from Chicharito Hernandez.
The match was evenly poised after the break, but Portugal looked like the team who wanted to win and they were rewarded with a late goal from Southampton fullback Cedric Soares. Once again, Mexico will find a goal raising to head into the goal-keeper’ net for a second time in the match.
Lessons must be learned from mistakes, it has been some sloppy defending that let Portugal to gain advantage in the match. In midfield and attack, the El Tri looked solid.
New Zealand’s poor run in the Confederations Cup continued with their 2-0 defeat against Russia on the opening day. This is their fourth appearance at this event and their search for a win continues. The All Whites have now lost 9 of their 10 matches in the tournament alongside a draw, having scored just twice during the period.
Mexico: Team News
Osorio is expected to stick with the same eleven that performed brilliantly in the 2-2 draw against Portugal.
However, the place of Benfica forward Raul Jimenez is under threat with Giovanni dos Santos making a push into the starting eleven.
Mexico: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Ochoa – Layun, Moreno, Reyes, Salcedo – dos Santos, Herrera, Guardado – Vela, Hernandez, Jimenez.
New Zealand: Team News
With little options in the bench, Anthony Hudson is expected to start with the same eleven who lost 2-0 against Australia in the group opener.
New Zealand Predicted Line-up (3-4-1-2)
Marinovic – Smith, Durante, Boxall – Wynne, Thomas, McGlinchey, Colvey – Rojas – Wood, Barbarouses.
Mexico vs New Zealand: Head-to-head
The teams had previously met on five occasions and Mexico won all five of them. The goal aggregate tips 16 to 4 in favour of the Central American giants.
All the meetings came after 2010, the latest being a friendly in October 2016 in front of 40,000 fans at a neutral venue in Nashville, Tennessee. Giovanni dos Santos and Marco Fabian were on target for the Mexicans in the 2-1 victory, while Marco Rojas found the net for New Zealand.
Mexico vs New Zealand: Predictions
The Mexicans are expected to carry on from where they left off in the opener against Portugal. They were some strong displays in midfield, a repeat of which could create a high number of scoring chances against a team like New Zealand.
This must be an easy picking for the CONCACAF champions and expect them to win this with a clean sheet.
Mexico vs New Zealand: Bet Tips
HT//FT – Mexico/Mexico at 1.54 by Unibet
Mexico to lead 1-0 at half time is one of the better options in this match. Odds are priced at sky high 3.15 with Unibet.