Mexico has a golden opportunity to round out the group stage with a win against the opponent judged to be the weakest in the group. The Mexicans will need to take this match seriously, faced with a nation who have nothing to lose.
✔ 1×2 Prediction: Saudi Arabia – Mexico
The encounter between these two teams promises to be lively. Mexico is the favourite but beware of Saudi Arabia, who won’t be under any pressure. We foresee a rather one-sided victory for the Mexicans in this match.
✔ Exact Score Prediction: Saudi Arabia – Mexico
Mexico is the favourite in this match against Saudi Arabia. But beware of the latter, who has shown themselves to be unpredictable. See below the most likely scores depending on the outcome of the match.
Victory for Mexico
This is the most likely outcome. Mexico seem superior to their adversary both individually and collectively. Logically, Mexico should be capable of winning decisively against Saudi Arabia, 0-2 or 1-3.
This outcome is possible but unlikely. Only a lapse in concentration on the part of Mexico could allow Saudi Arabia to get a result. Nevertheless, this is a World Cup match and the Saudi Arabians will be looking to strike a blow and walk away with a result, 1-1 or 0-0.
Victory for Saudi Arabia
It is still, for the moment, possible to foresee a victory for Saudi Arabia. It would be a surprise to see this nation triumph here. Nevertheless, they will have nothing to lose and will be able to play freely. Anything is possible, and if they give it their all, they just might pull it off, 1-0 or 2-1.
✔ Half-time/Full-time prediction: Mexico 1st half; Mexique 2nd half
Mexico could well take the lead right from the get-go. Then the Mexicans may wait for the second half to hammer it home and end the suspense, in spite of the efforts of the Saudi Arabian players.
✔ Scorer Predictions: Saudi Arabia – Mexico
Two of the main offensive weapons for Mexico may show their value here, namely Diego Lainez and Raul Jiménez. Even if we can’t see Saudi Arabia scoring, it’s not impossible, and Khalid Al-Ghannam could put one away.
✔ Double Chance Scoring predictions: K. Al-Ghannam / D. Lainez
In this matchup, Khalid Al-Ghannam could make the difference on the Saudi Arabian side, while for Mexico, the winger Diego Lainez may also be capable of troubling the opposing defence.
📄 Match Analysis: Saudi Arabia – Mexico
Hervé Renard’s squad effortlessly made it through the second round, unbeaten and at the top, in front of Uzbekistan, Palestine, Singapore and Yemen. Then, Saudi Arabia earned their place in Qatar by finishing first in their group, one point ahead of Japan and 8 points in front of Australia.
Mexico is relaxed. Second in the CONCACAF zone with the same number of points as Canada and only a slightly worse goal difference (despite having the same number of wins, draws and losses), Mexico hasn’t faltered since earning its place in the final phase in Qatar.
Saudi Arabia is feeling confident. The Saudi Arabians have lost five of their last fourteen matches, winning seven of them and drawing two. With that said, the context for this positive streak matters, and there were no big names among Saudi Arabia’s latest opponents.
Mexico will be difficult to overcome. Unbeaten in six matches, the Mexicans nevertheless managed three losses in a row in Autumn, of which two came against Canada and the USA. This, however, did not stop the 9th nation in FIFA’s rankings from qualifying.