Our football match prediction:
Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht in Sochi will host Wednesday’s football match between Mexico and New Zealand. The All Whites aim to make amends for a 2-0 loss to Russia in their opener, but they will have even bigger fish to fry in their second group game against Mexico. El Tri showed character in the opening match of their FIFA Confederations Cup campaign and thanks to Hector Moreno’s late goal they picked up one point from the game against star-studded Portugal. A win over New Zealand would see the Mexicans climb to top two positions in Group A and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at the All Whites. A man to watch in Anthony Hudson’s team will be Leeds United attacker Chris Wood, but the opposition defenders are definitely capable of preventing him from scoring in the second group game. Javier Hernandez Chicarito scored in the 2-2 draw with Portugal and, no doubt, all eyes will be on the former Man Utd striker when the two teams face each other in Sochi.
Highligted Player (Hector Herrera):
Mexico international Hector Herrera is a 26-year-old midfielder playing for Portugal giants FC Porto. Herrera began his career with Pachuca in 2010 and spent three years at the club before being sold to Porto. During his first season with the Dragons Herrera struggled for playing time, but he went on to cement his place in the starting eleven, becoming one of the most valuable players for the club. Herrera has since them racked up over 110 performances for the Portugal side, scoring over 20 goals in the process. Full Mexico international since 2012, Hector Herrera represented his country at the 2014 World Cup. During the summer of 2016 Herrera was heavily linked with a move away from Porto and was reported to have made a personal agreement with Italian side Napoli, but the €25 million asking price proved to be a stumbling block that ended up ruining the deal.
Highlighted Team (New Zealand):
New Zealand national football team qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals for the first time in 1982, with the team failing to advance to the knockout stages of the tournament. 28 years later the All Whites did well to make it to the World Cup in South Africa and Ricki Herbert’s men were playing above expectations at the showpiece tournament. New Zealand did remarkably well to share the spoils with the likes of Slovakia, Italy and Paraguay in Group F, but they eventually failed to book their place in the last 16. The All Whites clinched OFC Nations Cup title on two occasions (1973, 2002), with the team beating Tahiti and Australia respectively in the title games. Speaking of the team’s biggest win, it has to be noted that they outclassed Fiji 13- 0 on August 16, 1981. Back in 1936 New Zealand suffered a heavy 10-1 loss to Australia in front of home fans and that is considered the biggest defeat in the history of the national team. New Zealand play their home games at Westpac Stadium and the capacity of the venue is 34.500.