Kick Off: 0100, 03/06/2018
Stadium: Azteca Stadium
Mexico couldn’t break down Wales in Monday’s World Cup warm-up in Pasadena but Scotland may struggle to keep them out at the iconic Azteca Stadium this weekend.
Alex McLeish’s inexperienced squad have already gone down 2-0 to Peru on this trip and face another tough test here.
We’re kicking off our Mexico vs Scotland betting tips by backing El Tri at 17/20 to also beat them without conceding.
A Look At Mexico’s Betting Odds
Mexico invariably fall just short at major tournaments but have earned the right to be considered one of the best second-tier international teams on the planet.
They have reached the knockout rounds at the last six World Cup finals and head to Russia 2018 in high spirits after finishing five points clear of Costa Rica in the CONCACAF section.
Germany, Sweden and South Korea will be formidable opponents, but Juan Carlos Osorio’s side showed more promise when semi-finalists at the Confederations Cup 12 months ago.
El Tri will have been frustrated by the goalless stalemate against Wales, when Wayne Hennessey made smart saves from Jesus Manuel Corona, Javier Aquino and Hector Herrera.
However, we’re hoping 22-year-old PSV forward Hirving Lozano will be given a run-out this time and he could well make the difference.
The marauding winger had a huge impact in his maiden season with the Rotterdam club, scoring a hatful of goals and chipping in with plenty of assists cutting in from the flank.
A Look At Scotland’s Betting Odds
We landed a couple of winning bets when Scotland were beaten 2-0 by Peru in Lima, including a 9/2 correct score pay-out.
McLeish’s makeshift side were far from disgraced, but a 37th-minute penalty and Jefferson Farfan’s close-range strike just after half-time gave Los Incas a deserved success.
Jordan Archer, Stephen O’Donnell, Lewis Stevenson, Dylan McGeouch, Lewis Morgan, Graeme Shinnie and Chris Cadden all made international debuts in front of 40,000 exuberant locals.
“We do have a lot of new players, a lot of players coming from the Scottish league, which has not been recognised as a good league, but I was very proud of them,” commented McLeish.
The Scotland boss has flagged up major changes to his side, saying there is “no way” some players can recover in time.
Stevenson and Matt Phillips are already away home because of prior engagements.
McLeish has declared he will call on Celtic defender Jack Hendry, Aberdeen midfielder Shinnie, Celtic’s Ryan Christie and Johnny Russell, who has joined the squad from Sporting Kansas City, while others who came off the bench may be promoted to the starting line-up.
However, it will still be mostly youthful players thrown into another red-hot cauldron more than 7,200 feet above sea level, with the effects of the altitude exacerbated by pollution levels.
We’re sticking with 2-0 again at 5/1 in our Mexico vs Scotland betting predictions.
MEXICO 0-0 Wales
Peru 2-0 SCOTLAND
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