Today’s Predictions: Mexico vs Sweden
Mexico 0 – 3 Sweden
The 42nd Match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place between Sweden and Mexico, with everything still to play for in this group.
- Date : 27th June 2018
- Time : 7:30 PM (IST)
- Venue : Ekaterinburg Stadium
Mexico need just a draw to finish top of the group, however a heavy defeat could also see them getting knocked out.
FIFA World Cup Qualification
Sweden created the biggest stir during the World Cup qualification phase by knocking out 2006 Champions and group favourites Italy, undoubtedly the highest profile nation not playing in this World Cup. They were the strongest side defensively and kept 7 clean sheets in 10 matches. This led them to finish second in a tough group also containing France, and they eventually won their playoff match against Italy, to qualify for the finals.
Mexico topped their qualification group, as they almost always do due to the questionable quality of the teams in their region. The other two teams who qualified from their group were Panama and Costa Rica. Mexico scored the highest number of goals and also boasted of the best defense furing the qualifiers.
Sweden haven’t been able to carry forward their brilliant qualifers’ form to their recent international friendlies in preparation for the World Cup. They haven’t won as single game in their last 4 matches, with defeats to Chile and Romania, and goalless draws against Denmark and Peru. This means the fan are worried with the squad’s form going into the tournament, however the manager has assured that things are under control as he has been trying several formations and strategies.
Mexico have had a mixed run of form in recent weeks, with 3 wins out of their last 6 matches. A 3-0 win over fellow World Cup hopefuls Iceland would have boosted their confidence, but they went on to lose to Denmark and Croatia, meaning that their fans are not too sure about their chances at this summer’s tournament.
Mexico and Sweden in the World Cup So Far
Mexico caused the shock of the tournament by beating defending champions and pre tournament favourites Germany in their opening fixture. The most impressive thing, however, was that it was not a luck inspired victory, with the Mexicans displaying impressive energy levels and playing a high pressure and pacy game to totally shake the world champions. They followed that up with another precious win against South Korea, to all but secure qualification to the next round.
Sweden got 3 priceless points against South Korea courtesy of a penalty scored by their captain. However, despite taking an early lead, Sweden conceded a late winner against Germany to lose the game in heartbreaking fashion.
Head To Head Record
These two nations have met 4 times over the years, with Sweden winning twice, while Mexico have 1 win.
Sweden are going to be without their most dynamic player in history as Zlatan Ibrahimovic had retired from international football a year ago. He will undoubtedly by a huge miss in the tournament. Their qualifying hero who scored the all-important winner against Italy in the play off, Jakob Johannson, is also out with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Mexico will be boosted by the return of their marquee midfielder Guardado from a lengthy injury. Apart from him, most of their veteran star players are still there, and would be looking to finally take their team beyond the round of 16 stage, a stage where they have lost for the last 6 World Cups in a row.
Players To Watch Out For
Sweden do have a bunch of stalwarts who have been carrying the national flag high even after the retirement of the legendary Zlatan. Their most valuable player is undoubtedly Emil Forsberg, with the attacking midfielder responsible for their entire attacking gameplay. Captain Andreas Granqvist has been a defensive rock for more than a decade and will keep things tight at the back. He has already scored the all important winner against South Korea via a penalty.
Mexico have a few stars of their own, who are capable of hurting the strongest sides in the world on their day. Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez is one of the best poachers in world football, and is already the country’s highest scorer with 59 goals. Hirving Lozano was the best player in the Dutch League for PSV Eindhoven, and is expected to star for his country as well.
Sweden Vs Mexico Betting Odds And Key Statistics
- Mexico are slight favourites to win this game, based on their form and chance to top this group.
- We expect this to be a tight contest and hence we recommend betting on a draw as well as on the under 2.5 goals market.
- Mexico have made the World Cup group stages 7 times in their history, but have never crossed the round of 16 stage.
- Mexico conceded just 1 goal in the group stages of the 2014 World Cup, and Sweden have scored just 1 goal so far in this tournament.
- This is Sweden’s 12th World Cup appearance, but they could not qualify for the last two World Cups.
Mexico were brilliant throughout their deserved win against Germany, while they were a bit troubled against South Korea. Sweden defended very well against Germany and may have a trick or two up their sleeves.
Our Predicted Scoreline : Mexico 1-1 Sweden