Portugal vs Mexico Prediction, Preview, H2H, Lineups and Betting Tips
Day 2 of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup starts with another Group A clash when Mexico will give their best to put on pressure the European Champions Portugal. The match starts 24 hours after an opening fixture between Russia and New Zealand, who are the other two nations situated in Group A of the FIFA Confederations Cup. Thus we can easily say that on Sunday evening at “Kazan Arena” we have a fixture facing two of the favourites – the UEFA Euro 2016 winners Portugal and champions of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup – Mexico.
H2H History: Portugal vs Mexico
Portugal boasts with a 100% record from previous two matches against Mexico. Last one of them was a narrow success from June 2014 when both sides met for a friendly match ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals, marked by a late winner from Bruno Alves.
Few years earlier Portugal won 2-1 at the 2006 World Cup in Germany where both teams were together in Group D. Maniche and Simão were the two scorers for Portugal, whilst Jose Fonseca scored an only goal for the Mexicans.
FIFA Confederations Cup: Portugal vs Mexico 18.06.2017
Fernando Santos’ side is one of the big favourites to lift the Confederations Cup trophy before a final run in the FIFA World Cup qualifying.
Portugal have won seven of their nine games after the Euro 2016 final in Paris, losing the rest and scoring a total of 33 goals in them. To be more accurate 12 of them were netted from Cristiano Ronaldo in six games only, who meanwhile stated an ambition he wants to win the FIFA Condederations Cup trophy. Nevertheless, he is not the only one who is capable to contribute for eventual success of Portugal, as we’ve seen at the Euro 2016 final where Ronaldo has been substituted in the first-half.
Mexico travelled to Russia after a home 1-1 draw vs the USA, but however “El Tricolor” remain on top of CONCACAF’s World Cup qualifying. Now head coach Juan Carlos Osorio will have an excellent opportunity to test his key players at Russian turf before the World Cup next year. We will be extremely surprised if Mexico don’t qualify, likewise all Mexicans and football fans worldwide.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Portugal’s coach Fernando Santos will most likely name same formation he used in Latvia last Friday, when Portugal won 0-3. That was their second win in June, although the 4-0 vs Cyprus earlier this month was a friendly match.
If we compare the Portuguese lineup against Latvia and who are the players expected to start against Mexico, then Pepe should start next to Jose Fonte at the expense of Bruno Alves. In the meantime Ricardo Quaresma and Bernardo Silva compete for a starting position at the right wing, where Gelson Martins played for more than 55 minutes last time.
Cristiano Ronaldo will lead the Portuguese attack and he definitely has a partner – newest purchase of AC Milan Andre Silva, who has 7 goals in 8 international caps so far.
Mexico have a pretty balanced selection where Juan Carlos Osorio has several possible formations with different starters. Anyway, we expect a 4-2-3-1 which was used in most occasions, with Javier Hernandez “Chicharito” on top of it.
Other players who look sure enough to start from the outset are the goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, defenders Carlos Salcedo, Hector Moreno, Miguel Layún, midfielders Hector Herrera, Jonathan dos Santos, Giovani dos Santos and winger Carlos Vela.
Portugal vs Mexico Predictions and Betting Tips
Portugal have only failed to win twice during their last 13 games and they’ve also managed to keep nine clean sheets in that period. This time stakes are higher and Mexico is surely a team that knows how to cause danger and create enough scoring chances. Their vibrant wingers and midfielders, plus the scoring flair of Chicharito are making us believe Mexico could score against Portugal.
We have two betting predictions for the upcoming 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup match facing Portugal and Mexico. First of all – “Both teams to score – Yes” and also “Cristiano Ronaldo as a potential Anytime Goalscorer“.
Venue: “Kazan Arena”, Kazan.
Referee: Nestor Pitana from Argentina.
Possible Lineups of Portugal and Mexico
Portugal: Rui Patricio – Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro – Ricardo Quaresma, William Carvalho, João Moutinho, Andre Gomes – Cristiano Ronaldo, Andre Silva. (4-4-2)
Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa – Carlos Salcedo, Diego Reyes, Hector Moreno, Miguel Layun – Hector Herrera, Jonathan dos Santos – Carlos Vela, Marco Fabian, Giovani dos Santos – Chicharito. (4-2-3-1)