Kick Off: 1900, 21/06/2017
Stadium: Fisht Stadium
New Zealand were given the run-around by Russia in their first Confederations Cup game but may be more competitive when taking on Mexico in Sochi on Wednesday.
The All Whites played well in a 2-1 friendly loss to El Tri in Japan last October and Mexico are expected to make a number of changes for this game.
Punters can get 3/2 for the Kiwis with two goals start and we’re tempted enough to include that in our Mexico vs New Zealand betting tips.
A Look At Mexico’s Betting Odds
Mexico enjoyed plenty of possession against Portugal in their opening match and deservedly picked up a point after Javier Hernandez and Hector Moreno helped them twice come from behind.
“We matched the European champions and created chances, but we had trouble converting them,” said coach Juan Carlos Osorio. “We had almost 60 per cent of possession and deserve a lot of praise for our performance.”
Osorio has brought some steel to El Tri, with only two goals conceded in six World Cup qualifiers, so they should see off a New Zealand team which has gone five Confederations Cup games without a goal.
However, we think the favourites might be content to grind out a victory and save something for their final group game versus Russia, so 11/2 for a correct score of 1-0 appeals from the Mexico vs New Zealand odds.
A Look At New Zealand’s Betting Odds
New Zealand have now taken part in 10 Confederations Cup fixtures without registering a single success after going down 2-0 to hosts Russia on Saturday.
Manager Anthony Hudson admitted his team was outplayed, but said: “They were very, very positive in their play and caused us a lot of problems, but we showed a lot of spirit and there are plenty of positives for us to take on to our next game.”
The confidence gained from giving Mexico a tough work-out in Yokohama should stand them in good stead and we’re expecting this to be a tight contest, too.
Odds of 9/5 for the scores to be level at half-time are worth featuring in our Mexico vs New Zealand predictions.
Portugal 2-2 MEXICO – Javier Hernandez, Hector Moreno
Russia 2-0 NEW ZEALAND
Head-to-head: Mexico 2-1 New Zealand, New Zealand 2-4 Mexico, Mexico 5-1 New Zealand, Mexico 3-0 New Zealand, New Zealand 0-2 Mexico, New Zealand 4-0 Mexico
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