Odds on Mexico to win the World Cup – Hopes lye on Javier Hernandez to fire Mexicans out of Group A

Mexico attend their sixth consecutive World Cup more in hope that expectation of matching their best ever performance, as the latest Mexico World Cup odds of 150/1 suggest there a few backers coming into the tournament.

Manager: Miguel Herrera
World Cup best:
Quarter-Finals (1970, 1986)
How they qualified:
Intercontinental play-offs

In a group of six, only needing to finish in the top four to at least claim a play-off spot Mexico nearly messed it up.

Just two wins from their 10 games was enough to claim fourth, and they were two minutes away from losing that spot to Panama!

They cruised past New Zealand in the intercontinental play-offs though, winning 9-3 against the White Caps on aggregate.

Star player: Javier Hernandez (Manchester United)

The likes of Hector Herrera and Andres Guardado are big players for Mexico, however the Manchester United forward is their key man.

His partnership with another key Mexican Oribe Peralta has blossomed and they could be the difference for Mexico in Group A.

Hernandez hasn’t been at his best for Mexico in the past 18 months, however still averages a goal every other game for El Tricolor

One to watch: Diego Reyes (Porto)

Diego Reyes was the youngest of Mexico’s Olympic winning squad and he played every minute of the tournament.

He signed for the Portuguese giants Porto last summer and despite making the majority of his appearances for the B side has a big future ahead of him.

Strengths

For once there is little pressure on Mexico to do well at a World Cup following their embarrassing qualification campaign.
The squad is full of technically gifted players, especially in the midfield where they have creative alternatives.

Weaknesses

Experience at the back is often a good thing; however Mexico’s defence is a contender for the slowest at the tournament.
Manager Miguel Herrera has changed his squad so frequently since being appointed; you’ll do well to predict their starting XI come the Cameroon match.

How far can they go?

All three of Cameroon, Croatia and Mexico believe they can qualify alongside the hosts Brazil.
Mexico simply can’t go into their match with Brazil with zero points on the board if they are to get out of the group for a fifth consecutive tournament.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa, Jesus Corona, Alfredo Talavera

Defenders: Carlos Salcido, Rafael Marquez, Andres Guardado, Francisco Rodriguez, Hector Moreno, Paul Aguilar, Diego Reyes, Miguel Layun

Midfielders: Carlos Pena, Marco Fabian, Luis Montes, Hector Herrera, Juan Carlos Medina, Isaac Brizuela, Jose Vazquez

Forwards: Giovanni Dos Santos, Javier Hernandez, Oribe Peralta, Raul Jimenez, Alan Pulido

Group A
Brazil
Croatia
Mexico
Cameroon

Fixtures

Friday 13th June: Mexico vs. Cameroon 17:00

Tuesday 17th June: Brazil vs. Mexico 20:00

Monday 23rd June: Croatia vs. Mexico 21:00

 

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