Group C is wide open after the win of Saudi Arabia against Argentina, which brings more attention towards this game at the Lusail Stadium. Argentina and Lionel Messi really need to go for it against Mexico after they let their first-half lead slip against Saudi Arabia. Mexico, on the other hand, had their trusty keeper, Guillermo Ochoa, to thank after he saved Robert Lewandowski’s penalty.
Having a look at the FIFA ranking Argentina is ranked third whilst Mexico are in 13th place, but that will not matter as much as these two countries have met each other various times, with Argentina winning the vast majority of the matches.
A shock defeat against Saudi Arabia was not in the plans of Lionel Scaloni, especially after the first-half display and having three goals ruled out for offside. Being the favourite for the World Cup and losing the first game has never been the end of the journey for the great sides of Spain in 2014, Germany in 2018, France in 2002 and plenty of others.
The cutting edge in the attacking front was in full force in the opening half, creating great chances. Still, for all the efforts at the break, they only had one goal to show for it all. Which instigated Saudi Arabia to keep going. Against Mexico, they need to be more measured with their play, and Lionel Scaloni might consider starting with Lisandro Martinez at the heart of the defence instead of Cristian Romero.
Despite the first game setback, we are still gunning Argentina to have the firepower needed to win against Mexico with a scoreline of 2-0 at 6/1 (7.00), with Lionel Messi bagging his second goal of the tournament anytime during the match at 11/10 (2.10).
Mexico played a very competitive match against Poland but lacked the finishing touch in the final third to make their efforts count. They had to thank their keeper Ochoa after he saved the penalty from Lewandowski, as it would have been a different end to the game for them.
A very promising lane in attack for Mexico was Hernan Lozano and Alexi Vega, who managed to cause trouble to the defensive lineup of Poland. It was a shame that the crosses that they put into the box weren’t met as their hard work would have been awarded. Against Argentina, they might be asked to be more defensive and offer a counter-attacking outlet with their agility.
Mexico will be keen to get a win against their rivals. We are pricing a 1-0 win at 13/1 (14.00) that will send Argentina home.
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