This game will be very important for both teams. The Mexicans will try to reach the knockout stage of the competition with a win, and on the other hand, New Zealand has to win to stay in the race for the same thing. Both sides are heading into this match in an entirely different mood. Mexico has the momentum after a shocking equaliser against Portuga, while New Zealand has low morale after losing against Russia.
It will be an exciting game at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi.
El Tri was very impressive against European champion. To be honest, even if they won, it would have been a totally deserved victory. During the whole match, Mexico was at least an equal opponent. Sometimes even better. Not allowing the Selecção to impose their pace and style of game was crucial here.
It was the 8th straight game in which they have scored, and in the last 5, 4th in which both teams scored.
The Mexicans need to win this match because Kiwis are probably the worst team in this Cup. Also, they need to do it with the highest possible margin, because they might get into a situation where goal difference is crucial.
New Zealand Preview
As we have mentioned earlier, as soon as New Zealand leaves the premises of Oceania, they start losing. This is their third consecutive loss against European teams, and away from their World Cup qualification zone. And what is more dangerous and worries their fans, without scoring a goal. During the previous three games, the Kiwis allowed 4 goals, without netting at least one.
They were inferior against the Russians, having only two shots on goal. In every statistical category, New Zealand failed to produce better numbers than the hosts.
Mexico prefers more dynamic football than the Russians. This is why we think that they might have more problems in this game, than in the previous one.
Mexico vs New Zealand Head to Head
Previous five games, which these two national selections have played, ended all in favour of the Mexicans. And they were often high-scoring encounters. Mexico never scored less than two goals, and on three occasions the netted 3 times. Last 4 games between them ended with over 2.5 goals.
Also, both teams scored in previous 3 clashes.
The most recent match took place in Japan, during the last October, and Mexico won 2-1.
Mexico vs New Zealand Prediction
There is no doubt that the Mexicans are the massive favourites here. It is evident that they have more quality, and that they have better individuals. Also, tradition is something which suggests their win.
When they meet with Kiwis, their attack often ends up with lots of chances, so it will probably be the same today.
Our first prediction is Mexico wins, and the second one Mexico over 1.5 goals.