Best Odds: 23/10
On Wednesday afternoon, Mexico and Sweden go head-to-head in Group F of the World Cup, as both teams attempt to advance to the knockout stages of the competition. The group is evenly balanced, and this game could be the key to deciding who qualifies for the last 16 of the competition.
Mexico have impressed at World Cup 2018, beating Germany and South Korea. However, despite the two victories, El Tri have still not sealed their position in the knockout stages of the competition.
A draw would be enough to see the Central American country both qualify for the last 16 and top the group as well. Mexico could still qualify for the knockout stages even with a defeat, but only if Germany fails to defeat South Korea in the other group game.
Osorio’s team have claimed victory in three of their last four games. El Tri’s recent games have been tight and low scoring though, with four of their previous five matches producing under 2.5 goals.
Mexico have qualified for the knockout stages of the World cup in the last six attempts. However, they have failed to make the quarter-finals since 1986 on home soil.
Mexico boss Juan Carlos Osorio could name an unchanged starting line-up for this game. That would mean Carlos Salcedo starting at the heart of the defence and Edson Alvarez continuing at right-back.
A point would be enough for Sweden to seal qualification if Germany unexpectedly slips up and lose to South Korea in their final group game. The Scandinavian country can still top the group, but only if they win this game and then better Germany’s result against South Korea.
Janne Andersson’s team have not been in great form of late, as they won just once in their last six international matches. Their recent games have been low scoring, as four of their last five games have seen under 2.5 goals scored in them.
Sweden have a very settled starting line-up, and boss Andersson is likely to name the same eleven that started in the last-gasp 2-1 defeat against Germany last time out.
This clash is likely to be a tight one, as Sweden are not traditionally a team that are focussed on attack. The two teams’ recent games suggest that this game is likely to be a low scoring tight encounter.
Best odds: 23/10