2017 Confederation Cup FIFA Odds For Mexico Vs Russia Match
The Confederation Cup is a tournament where the host team traditionally performs very well, but it’s fair to say that Russia is going to need a huge performance in their final game of Group A if they are to match the current FIFA odds in regards to their predecessors.
The Russians are not being particularly impressive in recent tournaments, so they come into this one with expectations seriously low. It certainly did not help that they were placed in group that also featured the European champions, as well as a Mexico team that is always tough to beat. With one game left in Group play, Russia holds their destiny in their own hands, which is all that you can really ask for at this stage of the proceedings.
The final game of the group stages for the hosts will come against a Mexico team that is in a bit of a quandary at the moment. They have barely escaped their opening two games with anything to show for it, but they know that a draw in this one will be enough to see them move on to the semi-final. While some teams came to this tournament with the idea of trying out some fringe players, the Mexicans came to win, so expect to see them go all out for the win in the final game.
The other game in this group, which sees Portugal go up against New Zealand, looks to be a foregone conclusion, which means that only one spot is available. The winner of this one will take that spot, and it would be a major coup if the host nation could somehow find a way to topple Mexico and take a step into the final four.
Here’s A Closer Look At The 2017 Confederation Cup FIFA Odds For Mexico Vs Russia Match
When: Saturday, June 24 at 11 AM EST
Where: Kazan Stadium, Kazan
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
FIFA Odds: TBA
Why bet on Mexico
Mexico is constantly showing us that they have some real grit by scoring an injury time equalizer against Portugal in their opening game of the tournament, but they are trying to get a little too clever in their match-up with New Zealand. The Mexico coach made 8 changes to the team that tied 2-2 with the European champions in a move that very nearly blew up in his face.
Mexico struggled badly in the first half of that one, and were lucky to escape being down by just a single goal. During this game the Mexicans introduce some of their more skilled players in the second half, and manage to turn things around and get the 2-1 win.
While the victory means that they only need a draw against Russia to move, they will have surely heeded the warning delivered by the Kiwi’s, which means that we should see a full-strength Mexico team on the field for the deciding game in Group A.
Why bet on Russia
There was a god deal of pressure on Russia to perform well in this tournament, especially given how poorly they played at the European Championships last summer. If truth be told, the jury is probably still out, and the final verdict will not be in until we see the outcome of this game versus Mexico.
Russia were in total control for the full 90 minutes against New Zealand, and probably deserved more than the 2-0 win that they got. The looked totally outmatched in the first half against Portugal, but made some changes at half-time that prompted a much better performance in the second half, although they never really put Portugal under too much pressure.
Russia have been a little predictable in the attacking third of the field, and need to be a little more clinical of they are to get the win that they need on Saturday.
FIFA Odds Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Mexico only need to draw this one, but sitting back is a dangerous game, so I expect them to go all out to get the win. This may leave them a little exposed at the back, which poses the question as to whether the Russians have the attacking personnel to take advantage of those opportunities. I do not believe that they do.