Argentina V Mexico Prediction: No Germany revenge for the Mexican’s…

26th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions
World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions

 

Argentina V Mexico

World Cup 2010 Prediction

Sunday, 27th June – 19:30 GMT

Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg

LIVE on BBC1

 

Four years ago, these two sides clashed at this very same stage at Germany 2006, with the South Americans clinching a quarter-final berth by virtue of a wondergoal from the then Atletico Madrid winger, Maxi Rodriguez. That stunning strike came after the pair played out a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes, and with Mexico looking as impressive as ever during the group stage, can they go one better this time by springing the first major shock in the knock-outs?

 

It’s safe to say that Diego Maradona’s Argentina are the favourites heading into the third of eight Round of 16 encounters, with the ease and impressiveness at which they disposed of their Group B rivals the catalyst for what would appear to be a huge push for the 2010 World Cup. They found Nigeria testing but still managed to etch out a narrow 1-0 victory, South Korea were blown away by Maradona’s charges in a 4-1 drubbing while a stubborn and resilient Greece were ousted as well, as Argentina trampled on their first three opponents to record a 100% record in the group stage. In total, 7 goals were scored and just one was conceded, and it is the latter which laments Argentina’s seemingly strong bid for a third World Cup crown as many have doubted their defensive capabilities, and while their defence has yet to be put to the test by anything of real note or class, two clean sheets in three group games does, nevertheless, bode well and gives their defensive unit a welcomed boost in confidence.

North American sides have never fared well in World Cup’s, with no team from the CONCAFAF side of the world actually making a last-four appearance in the competition’s 80-year history. Mexico, whom have made the quarter’s twice but are facing up to the stern possiblity that Sunday could see them falter at the Round of 16 stage for the fifth tournament running, will feel they are equipped to continue making inroads and won’t fear a country they nearly beat four years ago in Germany. With that said, they will have to come on leaps and bounds from their performances in the groups, that despite qualifying without much of a fuss and recording a 2-0 win over the French along the way. However, in a group which did flatter to deceive, Mexico did only win one of their three Group A encounters – 2-0 win France – whilst drawing with a poor South African team, merely our opinion, and losing to a lightweight but nevertheless dangerous Uruguay.

 

There’s little doubt that Mexico play some beautiful football at times, sweeping through the midfield with some slick passing moves, but their forwards are their achilles heel. Guillermo France and Blanco are both past it, Carlos Vela has a big reputation but still hasn’t delivered while Javier Hernandez looks a promising star but has yet to really captivate us. Against a rugid Argentine back line, Mexico, whom have scored just three goals in three games thus far, could very well see their neat interchanging and sparkling football result to nothing.

On the other hand, Argentina pack the greatest forward punch of all the 16 nations still standing, with the majestical Lionel Messi in scintilating form despite failing to register a single goal in the tournament to date, the ever-willing Carlos Tevez and Golden Boot contender Gonzalo Higuain (3 goals in 2 games) as well as boasting the likes of Sergio Aguero and Diego Milito on the bench. Add to the mix a reliable and combative midfield containing Javier Mascherano, who will break down most of the Mexico attacks which come down the centre, Maxi Rodriguez, Mexico’s nemesis, and possibly even the reincarnated Juan Sebastien Veron, although Angel Di Maria looks likely to start instead in a three-man Argentina midfield. With Gabriel Heinze, Martiin Demichelis and Walter Samuel sheparding Romero’s goal, one which has been exposed just once so far, who would dare oppose the Argentine’s as they continue to build up ahead of steam, with a possible quarter-final tie with foe’s England just around the corner.

 

Our Prediction (who will win): Argentina to WIN – 1.54 Extrabet

Our Recommended Bet: Argentina to WIN to NIL (Without conceding) – 2.38 Ladbrokes

 

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