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World Cup: Mexico Preview

Mexico has a solid team and has a good shot to make it out of Group A, but their offense is a big question mark.

Mexico is in Group Stage A along with France, Uruguay, and the host South Africa.
Bovada has Mexico at +8000 odds to win the World Cup and at +350 odds to win Group Stage A.

Mexico progressed to the second round in the last World Cup in 2006 and they have a solid shot to do it this time. However, they are not in an easy group, as France is the major favorite to win the group, Uruguay is ranked right behind them at 18th in the world, and host South Africa have the home field advantage.

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Mexico did not begin World Cup qualifying well, but in their last six qualifying matches they won five and drew once.

Mexico has made it to the World Cup 13 times and their best showing was making the quarterfinals twice (1970, 1986). Mexico has the penchant for making it out of their group, but losing in the first playoff games, which they have done in several World Cups. If they can win that important fourth game their World Cup may be deemed a success.

Mexico has a solid defense led by Rafael Marquez and a good midfield led by Cuauhtemoc Blanco, but while the offense can score when they are on they tend to have long spells of not playing well as a team. The offense lacks real firepower and this is the case especially when striker Guillermo Franco is not on his game. Barcelona’s Rafael Márquez is a great defender and he may be the key for Mexico making it out of Group A, especially if their offense struggles.

Javier Aguirre is a solid head coach and a great motivator, but he has tried to fix the Mexico problems on offense and unless he does it by their first match they will have to win low scoring games. He generally plays a 4-3-3 formation, but that may change depending on what formations Mexico’s opponents play.

It is a good bet that Mexico will make it out of Group A, but winning the whole enchilada is a major long shot as the odds reflect. They will have to come up with some offense to go along with their solid defense.

Mexico and Uruguay should each beat South Africa and each should lose against France, so their big match may be their head to head one in the group finale where the winner will likely make it out.

Mexico World Cup Schedule

6/11/2010 South Africa vs. Mexico
6/17/2010 France vs. Mexico
6/22/2010 Mexico vs. Uruguay