Mexico v Uruguay Preview: Tips & Betting Odds – Tuesday, 22nd June (Group A)
The lively youngsters of the Mexican side, showed against France, just what they are capable of growing into. The central American side finished second behind the USA in the CONCACAF qualification zone, but in many ways have turned in more accomplished performances than the USA. The Mexicans have speed, agility and some very good youngsters in the squad, which have been the product of their youth system. Carlos Vela and Giovani Dos Santos look a very strong partnership up front, and with Manchester United new boy Javier Hernandez floating around as well, there are the potential for goals. One weapon that the Mexicans do have is pace, and they like to move the ball around and get forward when they can. This is probably driven mostly by the youth movement in their side and they are rarely dull to watch. While they have a good backbone of experience to complement the youth, there are questions about how their defence will stand up.
Mexico are always likely to concede goals, and that will, ultimately be their downfall at the World Cup. But for now, they will know that a win will take them to the top of the group, and it will also mean that they avoid Argentina in the second round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. That is a huge prize to play for. A draw against Uruguay would see the Mexicans finish second, and so the impetus in the match, will mostly come from the central Americans to try and gain an advantage. They are not up against an easy side though, as Uruguay look like they can be a menacing side. But Mexico need to stick to their strengths and take their chances where they come. They were guilty of fading away in the second half of their first match against South Africa, but responded well to comfortably beat a misfiring French side in their second fixture. That has left them on four points, level with Uruguay, but behind on goal difference. There is everything to play for in this fixture, and the spirited Mexicans will be ready for a challenge.
Mexico World Cup Betting. If you weigh up the defences on paper, you would back Uruguay’s over Mexico. The Mexicans will have a lot of heart and belief that they can simply take the game to the South Americans and win, and they will be right to play to their strengths. They cannot afford to let the game get dragged down into a stalemate, and must keep up the tempo. Therefore they are worth backing, at the very least a Draw No Bet. The Uruguayans can scrap it out and defend all day long, and they will be happy to soak up pressure. Do the Mexicans have the ability to push on for more than a draw though? It is easier to see Uruguay settling for a draw than Mexico grabbing a win, and odds reflect that. If you are getting behind Mexico, then you may as well just go all out for a win with them.
Mexico World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: P2, W1, D1, L0
Cards: Y6, R0
Most Shots: Giovani Dos Santos, 6
Top Scorer: Three players, 1
Shots/On Goal: 26/10
Fouls Committed: 38
Total Passes: 995
Pass Completion: 74%
If Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez is to be listened to, then there is much more to come from Uruguay. The South Americans destroyed South Africa 3-0 in their second Group A fixture, putting them in pole position to take the all important top spot. The winner of the group will likely gain the huge advantage of avoiding Argentina in the second round. That role will fall to the team which ends up in second place in Group A, and that position is being occupied by Mexico at the moment. After a 0-0 draw in their opening fixture, in which Uruguay were criticised a little bit for being defensively negative against France, Tabarez threw three up front to face South Africa, and they clicked in some fashion. The three attackers were Diego Forlan, Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani and they ran riot over the South African defence. It was a bold move by Tabarez, who could have played it safe again, but he made a tactical call that was just right for the occasion.
Now Tabarez believes that his side will only get stronger. The 3-0 score line against the Bafana Bafana could have been doubled if the Uruguayan strikers had been just a little bit more clinical, but it is hard to knock a team that has just won 3-0. Uruguay look a solid side, and while they are understated in terms of making claims to win the World Cup, they look as if they really can pose a threat. There is a great team ethic running through the squad, a solidarity, Tabarez called it, that will see Uruguay through when tougher matches come along. They also look like a side which will grow in confidence and stature, as, with a little more composure on the ball, with a bit more precision in the final third of the pitch, they could be a real force. By no means are they are complete team, but they look as if they can grow into one. They will know that benefits which come from finishing first. It will mean an easier second round match, and from then on, who knows. First they need to carry momentum by exposing the weaknesses which the Mexican back line have displayed.
Uruguay World Cup Betting. There is little to suggest any reason to be afraid of simply backing them outright in this match. Online bookmakers have the teams fairly evenly matched, but Uruguay have a bit of comfort in knowing that they only need to draw to win the match. They may take it a little bit easier than the Mexicans who need to win to steal top spot, but at the least they should be very good for a draw. They look solid enough at the back to keep out the lively, enthusiastic Mexicans, in what should be a thoroughly entertaining encounter. Any doubts about Uruguay, then a recommendation would be to look for a Draw No Bet option.
Uruguay World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: P2, W1, D1, L0
Cards: Y2, R1
Most Shots: Diego Forlan, 10
Top Scorer: Diego Forlan, 2
Shots/On Goal: 26/9
Fouls Committed: 23
Total Passes: 882
Pass Completion: 68%
Mexico v Uruguay Betting Odds
Asian Handicap Betting Advice: Tough to call this one, which the bookmakers have quite close, probably with odds just favouring Mexico for some reason. Really not a great deal of value around, but for a decent price you can get behind Uruguay going on to win the match, even though a draw is more likely.
Uruguay -0.25 for 7/4 at Bet365
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