Portugal vs Mexico
Competition: Confederations Cup
Date: 2 July 2017
Kick-off: 14:00 CET
After excelling in extra times and penalty shootouts last summer in France’s Euro 2016, this time, against Chile, Portugal didn’t have the same efficiency/luck. Quaresma, Moutinho and Nani, all three missed their penalties, to be more exact all three saw Chile’s goalkeeper Bravo ‘read’ their intentions correctly and fall on the right side, so Chile didn’t even need to shoot their last two penalties, all was over before that. Right after the game, it was made known that Cristiano Ronaldo wouldn’t be playing in the 3rd place match, eager to return home and see his newly-born twins. Some complained, mostly the Press and some fans, not members of the team who are in Russia these days, and actually Pepe defended Ronaldo in public, saying that if it were someone else, he would have left the competition earlier, knowing that he had become father again, but no, he stayed put, and did his best for Portugal to win this cup.
After conceding back-to-back goals in a matter of… seconds in the first ten minutes of their semifinal against Germany, the Mexicans must have feared that they could suffer the same fate Brazil suffered at home in 2014’s World Cup finals (lost 7-0 to Germany), or the same fate the Mexicans themselves suffered in 2016’s Copa America Centenario, when they lost 7-0 to Chile in the semifinal. Truth be written, Osorio’s men kept pushing despite their hurt ego, and even after making it 3-1 in added time, they looked hopeful they could score at least one more goal, before Germany… punished them with a fourth one. Mexico had almost half a dozen players with muscle problems before the semi versus Germany, and it should be taken for granted that they are not going to play in this game.
Portugal vs Mexico: Head-to-head Stats
The two teams faced each other in the group stage as well, Portugal took the lead twice, only for Mexico to answer both times. Before that, Portugal had two wins and one draw in their three previous games.
Portugal vs Mexico: Prediction
Given that both teams will not play with their best possible 11, it’s super tricky to predict a winner. Betting companies expect the game to have more than 2.5 goals, but personally I’d take the risk to bet on the game to be even… richer in goals, mostly because it’s a 3rd place match, not the final, and both teams, no matter who plays for them, should look willing to play freely, as freely as possible in Portugal’s case, with super focused on defense Fernando Santos on the bench.
Portugal vs Mexico: Tips
‘Over 3.5 goals’ pays 2.40, and is my main tip on this game.