Portugal v Mexico Betting tips - 18th June 2017

Publish: 15.06.2017

In Our Portugal v  Mexico Betting Preview We Take a Look at Which Side Are Most Likely to Start Their Confederations Cup Campaign with a Bang and Make Three Predictions.

Top Betting Tip:

Over 2.5 goals at 13/10 with Ladbrokes

Other Bets:

Mexico to score first at 8/5 with Bet365

Betting Analysis

As we are expecting an entertaining game with chances for both sides, the first place to turn from a betting perspective is the goals markets.

The style of Portugal’s play in France and the rather less than full on nature of the Confederations Cup means the bookies have priced the game up with a drab match in mind.

That provides us with very good value should we indeed get entertainment so make sure to back over 2.5 goals at 13/10 with Ladbrokes.

Portugal are the favourites in the Match Odds market but the fact you can only get them at odds against shows that they’re facing a tough match.

We envisage Mexico coming out of the blocks fast and setting out their stall so like the look of the 8/5 that Bet365 are quoting on Mexico scoring first.

Match Stats and Form

  • Sunday’s first game takes place at the Kazan Arena
  • Portugal and Mexico were drawn in Group A alongside Russia and New Zealand
  • The two nations’ previous three meetings have produced just four goals
  • Their only competitive match came at the 2006 World Cup with Portugal running out 2-1 winners
  • While Mexico have won the Confederations Cup once in their six appearances this is Portugal’s tournament debut

Predicted Line-Ups

Portugal – Patricio; Cedric, Guerreiro, Alves, Fonte; Moutinho, Carvalho, Gomes, Martins; Bernardo Silva, Ronaldo

Mexico – Ochoa; Alanis, Salcedo, Moreno, Reyes; Fabian, Herrera, dos Santos; Lozano, Vela, Hernandez

Key Battles

Both teams tend to favour playing with four men in defence which is different to most other teams at the Confederations Cup. There are differences in their style though as Portugal like to play a striker alongside the talismanic Cristiano Ronaldo up front while Mexico prefer a front three with two wide players supporting Javier Hernandez.

Hopefully the differences in set up will help provide an entertaining game. Portugal didn’t wow anybody with their play at Euro 2016 but with Ronaldo ably supported by the likes of Bernardo Silva, Nani and Andre Gomes, the Portuguese always have a goal in them.

The same can be said of Mexico who have scored seven goals in their three matches in June already. We could be in for an end-to-end battle in Kazan.

 

Germany manager, Joachim Low, raised eyebrows with his squad selection for the Confederations Cup. By resting many of his best players and allowing the Germany Under 21 side to have their pick of the young talent for the U21 European Championships, Low made it clear that Germany’s priorities were not with the tournament in Russia.

Joachim Low

Joachim Low

Not all managers have come to the same conclusion.

Fernando Santos is using the tournament as a chance to get his first team squad used to their surroundings in Russia ahead of next summer’s World Cup in the country.

Portugal were relative outsiders going into Euro 2016 but their triumph in France has raised expectations for the World Cup.

Before they can start focusing on next summer, Portugal have to get down to the business at hand. That means preparing themselves for Sunday’s match with Mexico.

No team has competed in the Confederations Cup as many times as Mexico. That clearly hasn’t dampened enthusiasm about the tournament as Juan Carlos Osorio has taken a very strong squad to Russia.

 

While many teams are starting to gear up their World Cup preparations, the Mexicans have more pressing concerns with the Gold Cup just around the corner so expect them to keep the experimentation to a minimum and go with the tried and