El Tri made smooth progress in qualifying and will be considered as one of the lively longshots to impress by many observers of the Mexico World Cup 2018 odds.
Mexico will be appearing at the finals for the 16th time and have reached the knockout rounds at the last six renewals.
Four years ago, they were only edged out on goal difference by Brazil in their pool, beating Cameroon and Croatia either side of a draw with the hosts.
However, El Tri couldn’t make it through to the last eight for the first time since 1986, as they were then beaten 2-1 by Holland, despite leading until the closing stages in Fortaleza.
Mexico recovered from that disappointment to win the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and were semi-finalists at the Confederations Cup 12 months ago.
In qualifying for Russia 2018, they finished five points clear of Costa Rica after confirming they would progress with three games to spare.
Juan Carlos Osorio’s side won six and drew three of their first nine fixtures, before losing away to Honduras when they had nothing to play for.
Kicking off with a tough test against Germany may temper early enthusiasm in any Mexico World Cup 2018 betting tips and predictions, but they are still fancied to advance once more.
Odds correct on date of publication: 21/05/2018
Javier Hernandez had a frustrating campaign with West Ham, scoring just eight Premier League goals and starting the last five matches on the bench.
However, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker has been a prolific marksman for his national team, hitting 49 goals in his first 100 international appearances.
There is lots more experience up front, with Carlos Vela, Oribe Peralta and Raul Jimenez all proven performers.
However, 22-year-old PSV forward Hirving Lozano led the way in qualifying with four goals and could be a young gun to watch out for.
Real Betis midfielder Andres Guardado wears the captain’s armband and is closing in on 150 caps.
LA Galaxy playmaker Giovani dos Santos is another with a century of international games on his CV.
At the back, Real Sociedad defender Hector Moreno is a rock-solid centre-half and goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa also comes into the seasoned professional category.
Rank (world): 16
WC appearances: 15
Best effort: Quarter-finals in 1970 and 1986
Road to Russia
Honduras 3-2 MEX
MEX 3-1 Trinidad & T
Costa Rica 1-1 MEX
MEX 1-0 Panama
MEX 1-1 USA
MEX 3-0 Honduras
Trinidad & T 0-1 MEX
MEX 2-0 Costa Rica
Guillermo Ochoa (GK)
Hector Moreno (D)
Andres Guardado (M)
Giovani dos Santos (M)
Hirving Lozano (F)
Javier Hernandez (F)
Juan Carlos Osorio – COL