Mexico v Sweden Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
June 25, 2018
Central Stadium - World Cup Group F
Two of the surprise packages of the tournament face off on Wednesday, as Mexico face Senegal to decide who finished top of group F. The Mexicans may be clear by three points, but a win from their opponents on Wednesday would see them drop into second place!
Sweden came out winners last time the two sides met, thanks to a single goal from Alexander Farnerud, marking the first time the Swedes earned a win over Mexico since 1970.
Juan Osorio made two changes for his side's victory over South Korea, with his two right-sided defenders making way. Whether the Mexico coach decides to make any further changes, with his team two for two, remains to be see, although he will certainly be hesitant to change from a winning formula.
Janne Adersson's side is unlikely to see many changes following their disappointing defeat to Germany. Given that the side need a win to ensure progression intro the knockout stages, the coach is likely to yet again field an attacking team, lead by Ola Toivonen.
Preview and Predictions
Mexico's comprehensive victory over South Korea means that Juan Osorio's side is on the verge of winning group F. However, if they fail to win, they could easily be overtaken by their Wednesday rivals, despite Sweden's last minute defeat by Germany.
With two wins in two El Tri have amongst the best records in this year's World Cup, despite being dismissed as underdogs when the competition began. Osorio's team's win over Germany announced them onto the world stage, but few expected them to follow up with such a strong performance on Sunday. Javier Hernandez's record breaking 50th goal marked what was a near-perfect performance from Mexico, and has seen their status elevated to favourites on Wednesday.
In their path to group victory lie Janne Adersson's Sweden who will be out with a vengeance following their unlucky defeat to Germany in the last game. A robustly defensive game from the Blågult was all-but enough to earn a draw on Thursday, and yet a lack of offensive ambition and clinical finishing potentially cost them from a vital victory.
In the build up to Wednesday's game the managers will recognise the strengths and weaknesses of their opposition. Whilst Mexico have speed and technicality on their side, Sweden undoubtedly have strength and physicality. Which attributes pay off remain to be seen.
Carlos Vela to score anytime at 12/5
Penalties have been abundant in this competition and Mexico's scorer may have an advantage against an aggressive Sweden side.
Under 2.5 goals at 3/4
Both sides thrived on defensive performances against Germany and may struggle to take the impetus on Wednesday.