Mexico – World Cup 2014 – Betting
Manager: Miguel Herrera
Captain: Rafael Marquez
FIFA World Ranking: 20
World Cup appearances: 14
Best World Cup: Quarter-Finals; 1970 & 1986
Mexico, from the North American zone of qualifying, almost missed out on Brazil 2014 after finishing fourth. That sent them to a play off where fortunately for them they only had to play New Zealand and won the tie 9-3 on aggregate. It has been turbulent times for a nation which has always been thereabouts in the FIFA Rankings – Currently ranked 20th – with several managers coming and going. They have had four since the last World Cup.
The objective will be to for El Tri further than they’ve ever been before in a World Cup and that’s past the Round of 16 stage of the tournament. But that is not likely to happen, because they look to be a very weak side at the moment are aren’t going to have a lot of backers. They only managed to scrape into fourth place in the CONCACAF zone thanks to a dramatic late win by the USA over Panama. It was only for the two-legged tie that Herrera took over and so now has to somehow quickly put a WOrld Cup campaign together.
They have a long history with the FIFA World Cup, but the signs don’t look for them in this one. Maybe the new Herrera era will give them some stability which they have been lacking, but they are in a tough group. They were drawn in Group A alongside host nation Brazil, Croatia and Cameroon.
Nickname: El Tri
It is hard to find big strengths from the Mexicans at the moment, but perhaps the biggest factor may be in them being fearless. If they just go out and attack and not get caught up in trying to play pretty football too much, then they may have a shot at getting out of the group. They are a quick side when they play their attacking game, but they understably get a bit cautious because they are not very strong at the back. The goals of Manchester UNited’s Javier Hernandez is going to be huge for them.
Their defence looks pretty weak off the bat and that is going to cause them problems. They were pretty shaky during qualification and struggled to build anything from the back, in what should have been a pretty straight forward process in such a weak zone. But they struggled, and they struggled badly with no cohesion whatsoever. Even despite flashes of talent in their attacking ranks as well, they also struggled for goals badly. THey returned just seven from ten games played. While things are fixable, there just seems to be too many little things wrong with the current Mexico set up to see them mount much of a challenge.
Mexico Qualification for the World Cup
It wasn’t easy for Mexico whatsoever. Only two wins they managed to post from their ten games, and after Jose Manuel de la Torre got the sack with three qualification games remaining, they brought in Victor Manuel Vucetich to take charge of the final two matches. He saw them take a crucial home win over Panama, but in losing their last game against Costa Rica, their blushes of missing out on the World Cup was spared with the United states scoring two injury time goals against Panama to take a 3-2 win, denying Panama the fourth spot and handing it to Mexico. It was then Herrera’s time in charge and he comprehensively saw Mexico get past New Zealand.
World Cup Potential: 1/5
The Mexicans have always been a tricky nation to follow in previous World Cup’s. They don’t seem to have the good to get very far this time around. They have always had an element of underachieving, but if they manage to get out of the group this time around, they will actually be overarching. Mexico generally disappoint in the crunch games, and the squad Herrera will be taking to South Africa isn’t particularly strong.
Mexico are currently ranked 20th in the world, and that’s generous. El Tri were woeful and utterly helpless at times during qualifying, while some of their big names, their future stars, haven’t performed to the standards expected by the eccentric Mexico fans. There’s every chance Mexico could edge their way through Group A, but the knock-out stage is where they would get found out easily.
Mexico World Cup Betting Odds
Mexico to win the World Cup: 125/1t bWin
Before the World Cup the odds on Mexico were 125/1
Mexico World Cup 2014 Fixtures – Group A
|Th 12th June||21.00||Brazil v Croatia||3:1|
|Fr 13th June||17.00||Mexico v Cameroon||1:0|
|Tu 17th June||20.00||Brazil v Mexico||0:0|
|We 18th June||23.00||Cameroon v Croatia||0:4|
|Mo 23rd June||21.00||Cameroon v Brazil||1:4|
|Mo 23rd June||21.00||Croatia v Mexico||1:3|
World Cup 2014 Group A Table