Mexico Team Info – A Mixed Yet Talented Squad
Mexico will enter the 2022 World Cup with the hopes of extending their record of reaching the round of 16 in the World Cup. In every competition since 1994, they have managed to reach the round of 16, even when they were placed in teams with the likes of Uruguay and France, Brazil and Croatia, or Germany and Sweden. The last time the Mexican team won a major title came in 2019, when they beat the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final. They faced the United States again in the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup, but there they lost, to finish in second place.
The Mexican team has quite a large mix of older, more experienced players, and younger players who have had over 30 caps in recent years. It was definitely a wise move from manager Gerardo Martino to try different team combinations in the qualifiers, as he could formulate his tactics with the team. His striking options will include Raul Jimenez, Hirving Lozano, Henry Martin, Jesus Corona, and Javier Hernandez, who is the current top goalscorer with 52 goals from 109 caps. Andres Guardado is the most experienced midfield player, with 28 goals from his 175 caps for Mexico. Hector Herrera is the next most highly capped midfielder, with 100 caps. After them, there are numerous players in their 20s with over 30 caps, including Edson Alvarez, Orbelin Pineda, Uriel Antuna, Erick Gutierrez, Carlos Rodriguez, and Roberto Alvarado. In defence, they have Hector Moreno, who has played for Mexico in 124 different games. Next to him, there are options such as Jesus Gallardo, Nestor Araujo, Cesar Montes, and Luis Rodriguez. The first choice goalkeeper of Mexico is Guillermo Ochoa, who has 129 caps.
Poland Team Info – Can Lewandowski Carry Them Through?
Poland entered the World Cup after finishing second in the UEFA Group I and then winning the second round. They had an impressive qualifying campaign, winning 6 of their 10 games and scoring 30 goals. This was in no small part thanks to their main striker Robert Lewandowski, who moved to Barcelona in the summer and has been in great form for the club since. Strikers Adam Buksa and Karol Swiderski also played important roles in scoring 5 goals each during the qualifiers. With the draw finished and Poland finding themselves up against Argentina, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia, the Polish team will have quite a task in reaching the round of 16. They have featured in only 3 World Cups since 1990, but they did finish third in the World Cups of 1974 and 1982.
In addition to Lewandowski, Swiderski, and Buksa, they can also use Arkadiusz Milik, and Krzysztof Piatek in attack. In midfield, they have some highly experienced players such as Grzegorz Krychowiak, Kamil Grosicki, Piotr Zielinski, Karol Linetty, and Mateusz Klich. Maciej Rybus, Kamil Glik, Bartosz Bereszynski, Tomasz Kedziora, and the Aston Villa duo Jan Bednarek and Matty Cash, all play defence. In goal, they have two fantastic options in Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski.
Mexico vs Poland Head-to-head
Mexico has played against Poland 8 times. In the first 3 meetings, Poland won, including a 3-1 win at the World Cup group stage in 1978. Since then, Mexico has beaten Turkey 3 out of 5 times, with the other two matches ending in draws.
Mexico vs Poland Betting Preview
Whilst there are 14 places between Mexico, who sit in 12th in the world rankings, and Poland who sit in 26th, the gap between the two may not be as large as it seems. This is because Poland have a largely talented side, with their main striker, Robert Lewandowski, who is rated amongst the best in the world. You will be able to find bets on either team to win, as well as bets on how many goals there will be in the game, which player may score them, and many more.
Double chance bets lets you pick two out of the three possible match outcomes, and bet on the match to finish with either of those results. For the game between Mexico and Poland, you can bet on Mexico to win or the game to end in a draw, Poland to win or the game to end in a draw, or Mexico or Poland to win the game.
Draw No Bet
You can pick Mexico or Poland to win without fear of the match ending in a draw with the draw no bet. In either case, if your chosen team does not win because the match ends in a draw, you will receive your money back.
With handicaps you will be able to lengthen the odds as you will need your chosen team to win by a certain margin or more. You can choose to use a handicap that favours your chosen team, in which case you will need the team to not lose by a number of goals over that margin.
For example, should you bet on Poland to beat Mexico with a handicap of -1.5 then Poland will need to win the game by 2 goals or more. If you bet on Poland to win with a handicap or -2 then Poland will need to win the game by 3 goals or more. Should Poland finish the game only 2 goals ahead, this will mean that the match ends in a draw and then your stake will be returned to you.
You can also apply a handicap of -1.75 which is a combination of the two. Half of your bet will go on Poland to win with a handicap of -1.5 and the other half will go on Poland to win with a handicap of -2. If Poland wins by 3 or more goals then they will fulfil the requirements of both bets and you will win your money. If they only manage to win by 2 goals then only one of the bets has been fulfilled and you will receive half your stake back
Over/Under Total Goals
Total goal bets relate to how many goals will be scored by both teams in the match. The bet uses the over/under format, whereby you will have to pick a betting line and then bet on whether the game will end with over or under the number of goals defined by the line. If you think Mexico and Poland will both score numerous goals, you may place a bet on the game to end with over 4.5 goals. Alternatively, if you predict that the two teams will struggle to score against each other, you can bet on the teams to score 1.5 or less goals during the match.
And Masses More
There are plenty more bets available for this exciting match, and they all come with highly competitive odds. You can bet on many different aspects of the game such as Poland to score first, Mexico to score in both halves, Mexico to win the first half, Mexico to keep a clean sheet, Poland to score 2 or more goals, Poland to lead in the first 30 minutes, either team to score in the first 5 minutes, both teams to score 2 or more goals, Poland to reverse the result, and all a whole lot more.
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