Our football match prediction:
Mexico have already qualified for the 2018 World Cup finals, but they aim to finish the process in top position in the standings. El Tri defeated Panama in their last home game in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying group and they are considered hot favourites to win Saturday’s football match against Trinidad & Tobago. The Soca Warriors suffered a loss in each of their last five group games and they are unlikely to spoil Mexico’s party at Estadio Azteca. The Mexicans want to give fans yet another reason for celebration in their last home game of the process and, taking everything into account, there is a big value in betting on Juan Osorio’s troops. When the two teams met at Hasely Crawford Stadium earlier in the process Mexico recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Trinidad, with Diego Reyes scoring the winner for Juan Osorio’s charges.
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 (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.