Mexico go into Sunday’s international friendly with Wales as 1/2 favourites in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, which looks a great price considering the injury depleted squad Chris Coleman has to work with.
Welsh wizard Gareth Bale is the latest player to pull out of the clash which will take place in New York, which adds to a long list of absentees. Joe Ledley, Darcy Blake, Neal Eardley, David Vaughan and Lewis Price complete the list of players who have minor injury concerns and will not travel with the squad. Andrew Crofts is also unavailable after being relieved of his duties due to personal reasons.
Given the fact that a number of key players are missing, Wales are rightly priced as 11/2 outsiders to claim a victory.
If Javier Hernandez and co play to their full potential then they should be too strong for a threadbare Wales side.
The Dragons have had a turbulent time of late with the shock death of their manager Gary Speed in November, and all involved with the Welsh national side will be focused on continuing the huge strides that Gary made.
Their only match since then – for which Coleman was not in charge despite having already been confirmed as manager – ended in defeat to Costa Rica on what was an extremely emotional night.
Mexico probably would not be at the top of a list of potential opponents if Coleman had the choice as he looks to get that elusive first win under his belt.
So with a weakened squad at his disposal, a draw would be a superb result.
Bwin customers can back the draw at odds of 29/10, but with neither side experiencing a draw in their last five matches, it looks an unlikely outcome.
Jose Manuel de la Torre will be expecting his side to bounce back following a shock defeat to Colombia in their last outing.
Mexico are certainly capable – they enjoyed successes over Venezuela and Serbia by a margin of two goals prior to the Columbia defeat, and if Javier Hernandez and co play to their full potential then they should be too strong for a threadbare Wales side.
With this in mind, backing Mexico to win despite a one-goal handicap at odds of 7/5 could reap rewards.
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