Masters in the art of World Cup group-stage navigation, Mexico look a great price to progress to the last-16 at the hands of Croatia this evening.
A price of 33/20 says El Tri will dispense with the 17/10-rated Vatreni, who must win the match in Recife to prolong their interest in the tournament.
There’s 31/10 on offer for those who fancy the scores to be level at the conclusion, but the smart money is on a Mexican win to nil here at 13/4.
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In each of the previous five World Cups, Hector Herrera’s side have sampled the knockout stages and, having held Brazil last time out, they require just a point from their final mini-league fixture to ensure another appearance.
They tend to avoid early elimination without stockpiling wins in their opening three matches, having collected more than one set of spoils just once in the previous five instalments.
Neither side have savoured the taste of a final group game victory since Mexico bested Iraq in 1986, but a resolute rearguard will afford their attackers the luxury of only needing to score once to ensure this streak is snapped.
Group A beasts great and small have not been able to perforate Tricolor’s reinforced backline, with the best lock-picking efforts of both Cameroon and Brazil reaping no rewards.
Their goalless game against hosts Brazil represented the fifth instance in nine in which they’ve recorded a clean sheet, while adversaries as puny as Scotland and Iceland were able to dumbfound the Croatian attack at the end of their qualifying campaign.
If the win to nil doesn’t appeal in spite of this, fewer than 1.5 goals being plundered must.
Each of Mexico’s previous four have produced no more and a fifth straight occurrence will see the pocket lined to the tune of 11/5.