Both Mexico and Uruguay head into their first game since the World Cup with interim coaches in place. Mexico have appointed Ricardo ‘Tuca’ Ferretti as a temporary replacement for Juan Carlos Osorio, who was recently appointed as manager of Paraguay. Problems with the domestic game in Uruguay mean that Oscar Tabarez has not yet extended his lengthy stay in post with a new contract. Under-20s coach Fabian Coito has stepped into the breach. With a number of key players missing from both squads, we are likely to see two experimental line-ups face each other on Saturday in Glendale, California. What kind of game we see as a result remains to be seen, but fans would probably be wise not to expect too much excitement.
Mexico vs Uruguay Prediction: Mexico 1-1 Uruguay
Our prediction for this game is that it will be a 1-1 draw. While both sides possess plenty of quality, the experimental nature of the squads that have been picked, particularly for Mexico, mean that a high-intensity thriller is unlikely. Friendlies often start well, and then deteriorate as the game goes on, often because of a raft of substitutions. It is likely that we will see both goals scored in the first half of the game. Luis Suarez is always worth keeping an eye on when it comes to predicting who might score, though how many minutes the Barcelona star plays remains to be seen.
Our recommended tip: Both teams to score, match drawn
Our featured tip for this match is to back both teams to score and the match to end in a draw. Betway are offering a price of 7/2 on this bet, which should bring some decent returns. The bet dovetails nicely with what we think will be the outcome of the game. Friendlies are often low scoring, but with the attacking talent on show here there should be some goals. Expecting a festival of free-flowing football would be a bit naive, though, so 1-1 looks a likely final score for this match.
These two sides last met in the 2016 Copa America, when they were drawn in Group C together. Mexico won the game 3-1. The game was held in Glendale, California. Mexico went into an early lead, thanks to an Alvaro Pereira own goal. Uruguay equalised via Diego Godin in the 74th minute. Two late goals for Mexico sealed the victory. Rafael Marquez scored in the 85th minute of the match to put his side 2-1 up. Hector Herrera added a third in the 90th minute of normal time. Mexico lost 7-0 to Chile in the next round of the competition.
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Players to watch: Luis Suarez & Hirving Lozano
Barcelona superstar Luis Suarez sat out training this week as a precaution against injury, but he is expected to play against Mexico. Despite being dogged by controversy throughout his career, Suarez remains an exceptional player, a natural goalscorer who plays with commitment and aggression. With no Edison Cavani in the Uruguay squad, the burden to score goals will fall squarely on Suarez’s shoulders. Suarez scored two goals at the World Cup in Russia this summer.
Hirving Lozano is one of the more senior forward players in a youthful Mexico squad for this fixture. Currently playing in the Dutch Eredivisie for PSV Eindhoven, the 23-year-old winger scored the only goal of the game when his country produced one of the biggest shocks of the 2018 World Cup and beat Germany. So far in the 2018/19 season, Lozano has scored two league goals for PSV, as well as one against BATE in the European Champions League.