While their fate is no longer in their own hands, Mexico will look to give themselves a fighting chance in the Women’s World Cup by putting New Zealand to the sword tomorrow.
El Tricolor currently sit third in Group B after losing 4-0 to Japan and drawing 1-1 with England.
A win for Leonardo Cuellar’s side would leave them on four points, meaning a draw in England’s final game would see the Three Lionesses and Japan safely through to the knockout stages.
Despite no wins from their last three encounters, Mexico find themselves billed as favourites for the final group clash. Cuellar’s side warmed up for the cup with a 2-0 loss at the hands of Sweden and the draw against England has been their only positive result in recent history.
That said, New Zealand will provide the perfect opposition for this tie, having lost all of their last three matches. A 1-0 defeat to Denmark prepared them for the competition, which has so far yielded two 2-1 defeats the hands of England and Japan.
As such, El Tricolor are priced as 11/10 favourites for the match, while the Football Ferns are seen as a 23/10 shot to win and the draw also offers odds of 23/10.
These odds could tempt a number of football betting enthusiasts to enter the handicap odds market in order to see improved returns on their wagers.
Gifting a 1-0 lead to New Zealand see s John Herdman’s side priced at 7/10 to win, while the draw moves to a 29/10 bet.
However, some of the smart money could well go on Mexico overcoming a 1-0 deficit and emerge victorious, with bwin offering odds of 14/5.
While Mexico are clearly fancied to get the win, neither side can be described as prolific in front of goal.
Monica Ocampo’s wonder strike against England is her side’s only goal of the tournament, while the Kiwis have conceded four and found the back of the net only twice.
This could point a number of punters to bet on a low-scoring encounter this time round.
Backing a 0-0 bore draw is priced at 31/4, while opting for the game to see exactly one is seen as a 15/4 shot.
Another market sure to grab some attention is the final result bet, which sees a 1-0 Mexico win available at 29/4, a 1-1 draw at 23/4 and a third successive 2-1 defeat for New Zealand at 33/4.
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