Our prediction for this match:
Argentina will be aiming to bounce back from a heart-breaking loss to their bitter rivals Brazil when they host Mexico at Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes on Saturday. La Albiceleste were on the verge of sharing the spoils with the Selecao in their last friendly, but Tite’s men eventually scored a late winner at King Abdullah Sports City. The Argentinians are determined to get back on course and we predict that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s football match. Leo Messi will not be risked against Mexico as he has recently overcome his injury, but Juventus attacker Paulo Dybala is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. El Tri suffered five defeats in previous six games in all competitions and seeing that this friendly is of big importance for la Albiceleste, home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Ramiro Funes Mori):
Argentina isn’t known to produce great talents in defence but Ramiro Jose Funes Mori is an exception. The 25-year-old started his football career in the United States with FC Dallas. He won an MLS talent competition to get into their youth team but it was less than a year before he moved back to Argentina.
Mori joined River Plate as a youth player in 2008 and progressed to their senior team within three years. The young defender is nothing short of a club legend at River Plate having won six titles with the team. More than the titles and his performances, it was his performances in important games that is still vividly remembered.
His iconic goal against Boca Juniors is still part of the folklore. Mori joined English Premier League club Everton in 2015 and soon established himself as a regular there. Mori represented Argentina seven times and yet to score in national colors.
Highlighted Team (Mexico):
Football was brought below the United States border by European immigrants who build the foundations for what went on to become one of the most prominent footballing nations in the world. El Tri have qualified to the total of 15 World Cups and have become one of six nations to qualify successfully for the tournament since 1994.
Alongside Brazil and Germany, Mexico are the only country to make it past the group stage over the last six World Cups so it is fair to say that miners from Cornwall and Spanish exiles fleeing the Civil War made a pretty good job embedding the football gene. Mexico are the reigning CONCACAF champions having beaten the surprise package Jamaica 3-1 in the final. Juan Carlos Osorio’s team is captained by Rafael Marquez who is the fourth most-capped player behind Gerrardo Torrado, Pavel Pardo and Claudio Suarez.
Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez is the team’s biggest star and current squad’s top scorer with 81 goals to his name. Chicharito is only eight goals behind Jared Borgetti who is the nation’s top scorer.