Argentina was absolutely stunned in the World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia and now will have to go all-in against Mexico. The Mexicans survived a scare against Poland and are in a much better situation going into this game.
Argentina Stats & Form
Not even in their worst nightmare Argentina, could not see a start of the World Cup like this. Not just that they lost 2-1 to Saudi Arabia, but they were outplayed and all their vulnerabilities were shown. They took an early lead after Messi made the penalty and even though they went 2-0 up when Martinez scored but that one was forfeited by the referee. From that point on, Argentina lost their composure on the pitch and the game turned into one of the greatest comebacks in World Cup history.
However, Argentina is still one of the best teams in the competition and can find their way to the knockout stage. The thing is, that they have no credits left and need to go at 100# in the remaining two games in Group C.
Argentina has never lost to Mexico at the World Cup.
Mexico Stats & Form
Mexico is one of the teams that no one really talks about at the World Cup and they actually have all the qualities to go deep in the tournament. The Tricolors hold the record for the most consecutive 1/8 finals exit as they finished the last seven tournaments in that stage.
Mexico was the better team in the 0-0 opening draw with Poland. They had 61% of the possession and 4 of their 13 shots were on target. Anyway, the feeling is that Mexico stole a point in that one since Robert Lewandowski didn’t convert a penalty but still all the credit goes to the Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa who proved that he is still a top-class player despite being 37 years old.
Mexico has not defeated Argentina in more than a decade.
Argentina vs Mexico Head-to-Head Stats
Argentina and Mexico have played against each other 17 times by now. Argentina has 10 wins with 5 draws and two games have ended up with wins for Mexico. This will be their fourth game at the World Cup and the previous three finished in Argentina’s favor. At the first World Cup in 1930, it was 6-3 for La Albiceleste. Argentina needed an extra time for a 2-1 win in 2006 and it was 3-1 in the 1/8 final in 2010.
Argentina vs Mexico Betting Odds
Argentina is the favorite to win this game with 8/13 odds in their favor while Mexico is at 9/2. The odds for the draw are at 3/1. The total goal margin is set at 2.5 with 6/4 to go over and 8/11 for under.
Our Top Betting Tip
There is no other option for Argentina but to win this game. They are still shocked and in disbelief after the stunning defeat to Saudi Arabia in the World Cup opener and unless they bounce back, the competition may be over before they know it. Their confidence is definitely shaken and now Leo Messi will show his leadership skills and lead his team to victory. Argentina is still a football powerhouse and one loss cannot put them down. Of course, Mexico is a tough opponent for any team and they will be extremely motivated for this game but Argentina has that extra quality. Coach Lionel Scaloni will go out with an offensive lineup and Argentina will get on the board really early. Mexico would be very happy with a draw in this game but will finish empty-handed in this one.