Mexico will look to remain unbeaten as they play Venezuela in their final group stage of the Copa America Centenario at NRG Stadium Houston.
Mexico had convincing wins over Uruguay 3-1 in their first game and Jamaica 2-0 in their second, keeping them on top of the group C table with 6 points and 4 goal difference. Already qualified Mexico will be looking forward to keep their winning streak in this game to move into the knockout stages in high spirit.
Meanwhile, an undefeated Venezuela will want to finish what they started after successfully pulling a shocker on Suarez-less Uruguay. The 1-0 win in their last game made it 2 wins in two, though both wins came by lone goals keeping clean sheets, showing their defensive capabilities.
The two teams will be eager to win this game as this is not just a race to finish first in the group but also a race to avoid Messi and his cohorts as the winner will likely play Chile who are currently in second spot of group D. While the loser will play Argentina who are likely to finish top of group D.
Mexico vs Venezuela: Predicted Line-ups
Mexico (4-3-3): Ochoa – Duenas, Araujo, Y. Corona, Moreno – Herrera, Marquez, Layun -Jimenez, Hernandez, J. Corona
Venezuela (4-4-2): Hernandez – Rosales, Angel, Vizcarrondo, Feltscher – Guerra, Rincon, Figuera, Penaranda – Rondón, Martinez.
Mexico vs Venezuela: Head to Head
Their previous meetings have been one sided, Mexico have never lost any of their last 9 meetings against Venezuela, The have won 7 and drawn 2 games.
The two teams last played in a friendly game in 2012 which Mexico comfortably won 3-1.
They met twice in Copa America tournaments, in 1995 and 1999; both ended in 3-1 wins in favour of Mexico.
Mexico vs Venezuela: Predictions
Venezuela’s last two games have shown they are good in defence keeping clean sheets in both games and also good in stealing victories as the two games have ended in a lone goal, but the question is can they stop Chicharito and Peralta as they seem to have woken up from their last game.
I think Mexico will be the team to dismantle Venezuela’s defence, so I’m predicting a goal for Osorio’s side. At the same time, Mexican will find it hard to keep a clean sheet in this game after their series of defensive mistake against Jamaica.
- Best bet: Mexico win (odds 1.55)
- Recommended Bet: Both teams to scores (odds 1.88)
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*All Odds are from bet-at-home at the time of composing this article.