World Cup Match 42: Mexico v Sweden

The final game of Group F will see Mexico taking on Sweden at the Ekaterinburg Arena, where Mexico needs just a draw to advance, while Sweden requires a win.

Stats

What’s their current form?
Mexico shocked the football world in their opening game, as they scored a 1-0 victory of the highly fancied defending champions Germany. They then beat South Korea 2-1 to sit atop their Group table.

Sweden scored a fortunate 1-0 win against South Korea, thanks to a 65th minute penalty goal. They then lost 2-1 to Germany.

Lineups
Mexico: Ochoa; Salcedo, Ayala, Moreno, Gallardo; Layun, Herrera; dos Santos, Guardado, Lozano; Hernandez.
Sweden: Olsen; Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson; Claessen, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Toivonen, Berg.

Any interesting facts I should know?
Sweden has scored just 5 goals in their last 10 games, winning just 3 of those games.

What should I be betting on?
Mexico will be expected to win, but may settle for a draw.

Wolf’s Prediction

Despite winning their opening two games there is still a mathematical possibility that would see Mexico miss out. A single point though would see them top the group and hand them a spot in the knockout phase for the 7th consecutive time. Sweden will be going in search of all 3 points and The Wolf says it will take them out of their comfort zone. Their style is defensive as reflected by the fact that 7 of their last 10 games have had not more than a single goal. mexico showed their prowess on the counter against Germany and The Wolf says it will again be a feature against the Swedes. Mexico will grab one on the counter before putting 10 men behind the ball and killing the game.

Recommended Bets

Best: Mexico WIN ($2.35)
Other: Teams To Score – Mexico Only ($3.70)
Correct Score: Mexico 1-0 ($7.00)


FAQ’s

TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news

What time is kick off? The game starts at 7pm (local time) on June 27. In Australia, kick-off will be at 2am on June 28th.

What TV Channel is it on and can I live stream it? In Australia, the only network with live broadcast rights is SBS. SBS Radio will also cover games that aren’t broadcast. Optus Sport in Australia will broadcast every game live as well via live streaming, however it will be available to subscribers only.

What’s the team news and who’s injured? Both sides are fully fit.

Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.

What happened the last time they played each other? 9 matches have been played between these sides, with Sweden scoring 4 wins, Mexico 2 wins and 3 games have been drawn. They last met in 2009 where Sweden were victorious 1-0.

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