The CONCACAF Cup winner, Mexico, and the European champion Portugal will encounter this Sunday at Kazan Arena. It will be the main event of the day. The quality of these two national selections guarantees an interesting and exciting match.
The fans at Rubin’s stadium will have a chance to see Cristiano Ronaldo who was in fantastic form throughout the entire season. The best player in the world hopes to win another trophy. Mexico, meanwhile, wants to put up a decent display and to prepare for the upcoming CONCACAF Golden Cup. This competition is scheduled for next month.
After winning the European title, the Portuguese national team continued in the same manner. From the last 9 games they played, Cristiano Ronaldo and the guys won 7. They had an astonishing goal difference 32 scored and one goal allowed in those meetings. But we have to add that their opponents were weaker sides of the European football. Gibraltar, Cyprus, Faroe Islands etc. The only two failures were against Switzerland back in September 2016 in the opening round of World Cup qualifications, and against Sweden earlier this year. The interesting thing is that the Portuguese haven’t scored three goals on only two occasions during this span.
In previous 7 games, we have seen over 2.5 goals in each of them, and this is something not so often when Portugal plays.
Juan Carlos Osorio’s team displayed solid performances lately. In the last 10 games overall, they have just one defeat, two weeks ago, against Croatia 2-3 in the international friendly match. Apart from this failure, the Mexicans recorded 7 victories and 2 draws, and their displays were quite good. Also, they didn’t allow for the opponents to score in 6 games during that interval.
Despite many speculations that they will arrive in Russia with the combined squad, the Tricolore will appear with the strongest possible team. In just one month time, they will participate in CONCACAF Gold Cup, and that opened the door for many rumors which were not true in the end. As we see Osorio decided not to calculate and he wants to represent Mexico in the best possible way in Confederations Cup
Portugal vs Mexico head to head
So far, these two sides encountered twice in history. On both occasions Selecao had more success winning by one goal margin.
The last match was played three years ago, and it was a friendly international in the United States. Portugal won with Bruno Alves’ goal in injury time.
Portugal vs Mexico Prediction
In our opinion, this is going to be an intense tactical match. Both sides are going to wait for opponents mistakes and then try to convert it into an advantage. Although this trophy isn’t appreciated as the World Cup or European Championship, the Portuguese side will definitely try to reach it. This is why we think that they are going to take Confederations Cup seriously and we expect that Portugal wins on Sunday.