Confederations Cup, Group A
Olimpiyskiy Stadion, Russia 7pm
Mexico vs New Zealand – Match Preview – Third place in Group A, Mexico, will play fourth place, New Zealand, in the second round of matches at the 2017 Confederations cup. Both sides underperformed in their opening matches with Mexico rescuing a point against Portugal with a late equaliser and New Zealand lost 2-0 to hosts, Russia. Mexico are heavy favourites to take away three points from the fixture due to their personnel with players such as Chicharito and Carlos Vela.
Mexico manager, Juan Carlos Osario, is confident his side can overcome the ‘New Zealand Spirit’ and get a win on Wednesday. The Mexicans left it late against the European Champions, Portugal, as they converted from an injury time equaliser in arguably the Confederations Cup most entertaining match yet. New Zealand will pose a very different threat to Mexico than Portugal did; their team cohesion being the largest factor in comparison with Portugal relying on Ronaldo. Osario has admitted he will be making changes to his starting side but three points is crucial if Mexico wish to progress in the tournament. Can the Mexicans get the job done?
Following an unwanted result in their first match, New Zealand will have to pull out something special to keep realistic hopes of progressing to the next round. Kiwi manager, Anthony Hudson has made his intentions clear that New Zealand are not there to just make up the numbers; and want to reach the semi-finals. Leeds striker, Chris Wood, remains New Zealand’s danger man following an impressive season in the EFL Championship. His sheer presence and ability to find the back of the net will always make New Zealand a threat to the Mexicans. Can Wood and co. pull off a surprise result?
Mexico have no injuries or suspensions to worry about ahead of Wednesday night’s fixture.
The Mexicans will look to get out of the blocks quickly and really test the Kiwi defence, Chicharito will be a big player in their plans to do so. Can the ex-Manchester United man provide the goods for his country?
New Zealand also have no injuries and suspensions.
As aforementioned, Chris Wood, is New Zealand’s best chance at scoring a goal but can he deliver?
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