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Confederations Cup: Portugal vs Mexico Prediction, 02 July 2017

The Match Is Over. Score: 1-1
Confederations Cup: Portugal vs Mexico Prediction, 02 July 2017

Portugal vs Mexico Match Preview:

Portugal and Mexico are faced to play for third-place medals having met before in the tournament and, though the first stage match finished tied, 2-2, each of the sides can claim to be pretenders for clinching a prize spot. With Ronaldo departed the competition, Portugal will be keen to replay the start they put to the early meeting against Mexico but now with the forward missing.

Referee: Fahad Al-Mirdasi (Saudi Arabia)
Match status: 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup - Third-place Play-Off
Kick-off:
Venue: "Otkrytiye Arena" in Moscow, Russia

Portugal and Mexico Team News

The head-to-head record shows that Mexico have failed to beat Portugal in four previous attempts (two defeats and two draws). There is one Russia 2017 stat El Tri can take comfort from, however: in beating the host nation in the group phase, they recorded their first ever win over European opposition in the competition.

Two weeks ago, Portugal and Mexico played out a 2-2 draw in Kazan in their opening match of the competition, with Hector Moreno’s late strike earning a share of the spoils for El Tri.

The big absentee will be Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been granted permission to return home and meet his newborn twins for the first time. Raphael Guerreiro has also been released after picking up an injury.

Possible Teams' Starting Line-ups:

Portugal: Beto - Eliseu, Pepe, Bruno Alves, Nelsinho - Ricardo Quaresma, Pizzi, Danilo Pereira, Bernardo Silva - Nani, Andre Silva (4-4-2 formation)

Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa - Diego Reyes, Hector Moreno, Nestor Araujo, Miguel Layun - Jonathan dos Santos, Hector Herrera, Andres Guardado - Carlos Vela, Chicharito, Hirving Lozano (4-3-3 formation)

Portugal & Mexico Missing Players:

Portugal: Raphael Guerreiro, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Mexico: Carlos Salcedo, Diego Reyes.

Confederations Cup: Portugal vs Mexico Prediction, 02 July 2017

Portugal - Mexico Head-to-Head Stats:

2017 Confederations Cup - Group Stage
Portugal 2-2 Mexico

2014 Friendly International
Mexico 1-1 Portugal

2006 World Cup - Group Stage
Portugal 2-1 Mexico

Conclusion and Match Preview:

Portugal will be hoping their Russian re-encounter with Mexico will have a different ending to the first one. Coach Fernando Santos is likely to go with the younger members of his squad and give them some valuable exposure, with his side expected to adopt an enterprising approach in what has all the makings of an open game. Goalkeeper Jose Sa is in line for his international debut, while Luis Neto could also make an appearance in the starting line-up.

Following the hugely disappointing defeat to Germany, Mexico will be anxious to pick themselves up fast. In leaving Sochi, the Tri camp was at pains to stress the importance of finishing in the top three, though the likelihood is that Juan Carlos Osorio will hand an opportunity to his fringe players.


Portugal vs Mexico Predictions

Main Match Predictions:
Mexico to Win or Draw (X2) @ 1.64 (16/25)
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Correct Score:
Mexico's 2-1 Win @ 10.50 (19/2)
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