Argentina vs Mexico prediction
Argentina will be desperate to bounce back from their humiliating 1-2 defeat to Saudi Arabia in their opening game on Tuesday.
Santiago Solari’s side led 1-0 at half-time versus the Asian nation before falling apart in a five-minute spell shortly after half-time. Despite having the final half hour to turn it around, the two-time World Cup winners failed to create much and ultimately lost.
Argentina can still win Group C and I still think they will. They weren’t one of my favourites heading into the tournament – their defence on paper doesn’t look good enough to me, whilst superstar Lionel Messi isn’t a constant threat anymore. I find the 35-year-old produces great moments for club and country, but far from the player he was at Barcelona in his prime.
Angel Di Maria is 34 now and is still capable of making an impact. But apart from he and Messi, I’m not sure where they’re going to create too many chances this tournament. I cannot see them going all the way despite their short odds.
Mexico failed to impress in their opening 0-0 draw with Poland, which saw goalkeeper Guilermo Ochoa save Robert Lewandowski’s penalty. Striker Raul Jiminez is without an international goal from open play in three years but still a goal threat not to be ignored. The pace of Hirving Lozano should be the main focus of Argentina’s defence.
Neither team impressed in their opener but I think Argentina have the quality to pull through and pick up all three points on Saturday.
Best bet: Argentina to win is 3/5 with BetFred