Mexico vs Sweden Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions
27th June – 16:00 GMT
Group F – Ekaterinburg Stadium
Mexico vs Sweden Predictions
Somewhat surprisingly Mexico find themselves top of Group F coming into this match and they would only need a point to ensure qualification to the round of 16. They are a side who enjoy playing at the World Cup and have been very lively during their opening two games. They face Sweden in their final match and may have to settle for a draw against a side who are tough to break down. Janne Andersson’s side almost picked up a useful point against Germany but gave away a cheap free-kick on the edge of the area with seconds to spare. They need something from this game but they don’t offer enough of a goal threat to take all three points. A draw seems a fair outcome and it can be backed at 9/4 with bwin.
Mexico vs Sweden Preview
Mexico have looked extremely competent so far and have picked up six points from their first two Group F matches. They were excellent against Germany and despite suffering a late scare against South Korea, they held on. Hirving Lozano has been excellent whilst Carlos Vela and Miguel Layun have also caused problems for the opposition. They are likely to buzz around once again and will be looking to find spaces amongst the Swedish back-line. They need just a point to ensure that they qualify and that sounds achievable.
Sweden can’t afford to sit back and let this game end all square. Their last-gasp defeat to Germany means that the Scandinavians need to pick up all three points here. They will look to use the flanks to their advantage once again and should be able to find a way through. Their defence is very impressive and held firm for the first half against Germany. They will be well-organised, effective and dangerous in the air.
Both Teams to Score Prediction
Mexico can’t afford to lose this game whilst Sweden need three points here in Yekaterinburg. That should create a hugely entertaining spectacle and both sides should be able to get on the score-sheet. Mexico always look dangerous going forward and have pace in abundance. Although Sweden’s defence is tough to breach, they perhaps lack some mobility and Mexico will look to exploit that. They should find the back of the net in this one. Sweden always offer a threat and they cannot afford to sit back in this encounter. Both Teams to Score? Yes is a likely outcome and is available at 18/19 with bwin.
Mexico vs Sweden Correct Score Prediction
This game should end all-square and both sides are likely to find the back of the net. There is plenty riding on this game with both teams having something to play for and it’s unlikely to end goalless. 1-1 seems a sensible bet in the correct score market and is available at 11/2 with 888Sport.
Mexico vs Sweden Odds
Group F Standings
Mexico sit top of Group F coming into this tie after taking six points from their opening couple of matches. Sweden and Germany are both on three points with South Korea propping up the table. They’ve already been eliminated.
Javier Hernanez scored and had three further attempts on goal in Mexico’s victory against South Korea
Mexico have only conceded a single goal in their previous 180 minutes of football
They have reached the last 16 in each of their last six World Cup appearances but have failed to progress beyond that stage. They are 15/8 with Bet365 to make it to the quarter-final
They lost their only previous World Cup meeting with Sweden
Sweden had just 29% possession against Germany
They’ve only won one of their three group games in each of their last two World Cup appearances
Head to Head
These sides have met on three previous occasions but only one of those games has been competitive. They met at the 1958 World Cup, a tournament which was staged in Sweden. The host nation made it through to the final and beat Mexico 3-0 en-route. Since then, they’ve played one another in three friendlies with these Group F rivals winning one match apiece and drawing the other game.
Mexico 0-1 Sweden – 29/01/2009
Mexico 0-0 Sweden – 27/01/2005
Mexico 2-1 Sweden – 23/02/1994
Sweden 3-0 Mexico – 08/06/1958
Andres Guardado – The captain is likely to start every game at the 2018 World Cup and is one of many experienced players in this Mexican side. There should be plenty of creativity in this team but Guardado is responsible for a huge number of assists and has 143 caps to his name at just 31 years old.
Emil Forsberg – The RB Leipzig man may have endured a fairly underwhelming season in the Bundesliga but he is Sweden’s main creative outlet. They are a defensive-minded team who stick rigidly to their 4-4-2 formation and it’s Forsberg’s job to add a spark in the final third and unlock the opposition’s defence.
16:00 – Ekaterinburg Stadium