Our prediction for this match:
Mexico and Uruguay have played against each other a total of 20 times so far. This 21st game will be played at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Mexico, with eight wins, has a slightly better head to head record with Uruguay who only have five wins so far. The last time they met was in 2016 Copa America and Mexico won 3:1. In their last 10 matches, Mexico have managed five wins, one draw and four losses. Their run-up to the World Cup was relatively good and they carried good form into the group stage where they managed to top the group beating Germany, Sweden and South Korea along the way. However, they were not impressive against Brazil in the last 16 round. Uruguay were also impressive in the group stage, beating Saudi Arabia, Portugal and Egypt along the way. They were beaten in the quarter-finals by France. This should be a fun game to watch possibly ending all square.
Highlighted Player (Diego Reyes):
Diego Antonio Reyes is a young 23-year-old Mexico centre back who plays for Spanish club Real Sociedad on loan from Porto. The defender has often been described as intelligent in his positioning and strong in the air. He is considered to be a natural ball-playing defender who is comfortable in possession.
Although he is primarily a defender, Reyes has played as a defensive midfielder too. He made his professional debut with Club America in 2010 starting as a midfielder but quickly moving into his more naturally suited central defender role. He was quickly snapped up by Porto in 2013 although his playing time at the Portuguese club was limited.
Reyes has played for Mexico at various national youth team levels including the gold-medal winning under-23 squad at the 2012 London Olympics. He was called up to the senior team in 2011 and has already participated in Confederations Cup and FIFA World Cup.
Highlighted Team (Uruguay):
La Celeste are one of the most successful South American nations. Uruguay are frequently the champions of the continent having most recently won the tournament in 2011. They have won the Copa America a record 15 times including the first ever edition of the competition in 1916, while the team has also won FIFA World Cup in two occasions including the inaugural competition in 1930 when they defeated Argentina 4-2 in the final as hosts.
Their second World Cup title came in 1950 when Uruguay and Brazil played a legendary match which recorded a higher attendance than any other football match in the history of the game. Uruguay is the smallest country in the world to have won a World Cup by population, but La Celeste are proud of their football heritage which yielded some of the best footballers in the world over the course of history.
Most notable player of the current selection is Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, who is also the team’s top scorer with 45 goals to his name.