Argentina v Mexico Preview: Odds & Betting Tips – Sunday, 27th June

26th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

Argentina v Mexico Betting Odds

Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg
Kick Off: 19.30 GMT

Argentina to win: 4/7 at Paddy Power
Draw: 10/3 at SkyBet
Mexico to win: 13/2 at Victor Chandler


World Cup Second Round: Argentina are dominating the stats in most departments of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The South Americans, who are now level with Brazil and Spain as outright favourites to win the tournament, have looked one of the most impressive teams in the competition. Spearheaded by Lionel Messi, who, incredibly has still not got on the score sheet despite having a wealth of chances, Argentina look a tough team to break down. Their main strength is in in their attack, which is so well balanced that it comes from all directions. They attack hard down both flanks, and can pull the strings easily through the middle of the park as well. The main problems teams have had against Argentina, is stopping this versatile attack, and it is not just the good system which coach Maradona has employed, but it is the quality which is being delivered by the players. They really have not put a foot wrong, from opening their World Cup with a solid win against Nigeria, to crushing the Korea Republic, and then having the craft and guile to comfortably play their way past a battling Greek side in their final match. Nine points from three games, seven goals scored and just one against. The stats make for some pretty impressive reading for Argentina. They have produced the most passes as a nation at the World Cup, as well as having a passing completion rate which is second only to Holland and clear leaders in that stat, Brazil.

Gonzalo Higuain is in line for the Golden Boot after netting himself a hat trick against South Korea, and they have danger men all over the pitch. While they have the individual talent, the most surprising thing about Argentina, is how well they are gelling together as a team and fighting hard for one another. It is the battling to win the ball back and snuffing out the opponents, which is sort of the basis for their success. They are stronger at the back than many may think, and while they have not come up against difficult opposition, they look very composed in building from the back. Argentina are the tournament top scorers. They have had the most attempts on goal, and they have gotten the most on target. They have almost a 50% success rate of getting shots on goal, which is pretty impressive. Their opponents in the second round are Mexico, who fought well in Group A. But the Argentina side will be looking at them, and not really seeing how they will possibly have the quality to break down the strong South American unit. Argentina will start this match as strong favourites, and rightly so. If they progress, then they will meet the winner of Germany and England.


One thing Mexico have, is a great work ethic. They play with so much drive and excitement, they often lose their way at the back. This comes from having a very talented youthful crop of players in their side, and after holding South Africa to a draw, and then beating the French, Mexico looked to be heading in the right direction. Mexico seemingly travelled the length and breadth of Europe in their build up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, pitting their wits against the best. That seems to have put them in good standing, and they comfortably dealt with France. They needed a win against Uruguay in their final match to pinch top spot from the South Americans, but they couldn’t do it. In many ways it was their worst performance so far, giving the ball away and ceding a lot of ground, ball and initiative to Uruguay. It was not the performance they wanted, as it has landed them with a tie against one of the tournament favourites, Argentina. Not that it will have dented the excitement, hopes or dreams of Mexico. The word from the Mexico camp is that they are quite excited to be taking on the best, and they will show no fear going into the game.

That is the spirit they will need if they are to hold their own against Argentina. Mexico will be expected to lose, but the thing which will keep them going, is that it is better to lose against the best, than go out with a whimper against a team they could easily beat. Mexico have done OK in front of goal, but perhaps a little more was expected from them, despite being relatively inexperienced. The likes of Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez are young enough to have the world at their feet, and while they have posed a threat, simply because of the energy with which Mexico play, they would have hoped for a more goals. Perhaps one positive they can take from the defeat against Uruguay, is that they have gotten their bad game of the tournament out of the way, and now they can focus on going forward and trying to take the game to Argentina. Mexico will be plucky, but the big question will surround the quality they have in their side. To be honest, they have played very well at times, for periods of games they really show up, but they do not seem to have the consistency to sustain their top level for long period. Against Argentina, that is something which will let them down, and they will get punished for it.

World Cup Second Round Betting Tip: Lionel Messi Anytime Scorer – 5/4 at Coral


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