Our prediction for this match:
AT&T Stadium will host Sunday’s friendly between Mexico and Iceland, who face each other for the first time since March 2018. Back then Mexico defeated Iceland 3-0, and El Tri are seen as favourites to win the upcoming friendly as well. Both Roberto Alvarado and Sebastian Cordova have been left out of the squad, while Rodolfo Pizarro and Raul Jimenez remain in the recovery room.
Carlos Vela is no longer part of the national team, with Sporting Kansas City attacker Pulido likely to lead the line for the nominal hosts. Iceland, on the other hand, failed to qualify for the European Championship finals, and seeing that boss Arnar Vidarsson should use upcoming warm-up games to test as many players as possible, we are tempted to put our money on the Mexicans, who are preparing for the CONCACAF Nations League clash against Costa Rica.
Highlighted 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 (Iceland):
Iceland had little to no success during the first 60 years of entering the FIFA competitions, failing to qualify to a single major tournament in that period, but the team then went on to make tremendous progress at the start of the 21st century.
The Nordic side narrowly missed out on a place at the 2014 World Cup, losing in the play-off to Croatia, but they then enjoyed a thoroughly impressive qualifying campaign to reach the Euro 2016, taking 20 points from 10 matches to leave Turkey and Netherlands trailing in their wake.
As a result, the generation featuring players like Gylfi Sigurdsson, Aron Gunnarsson, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Emil Hallfredsson will go down as one of the most successful in the national team history and it could be quite some time before another team repeat their success. Even if he was only used as a bit-part player during the Euro 2016 qualifiers, Eidur Gudjohnsen has got to be mentioned as the first Icelandic footballer to have played for top European sides.