Odds Mexico Will Win World Cup 2014
Mexico will be seeking redemption when they take to the pitch at the 2014 World Cup. The squad struggled during the CONCACAF fourth round of qualification, eking out just two wins, over Jamaica and Panama, in 10 matches. In fact, the Mexicans needed a victory by the USA over Panama, in the last match of the round, to back in to an intercontinental playoff with New Zealand, which they won handily.
Mexico will be looking to move beyond the Group Stage in the World Cup for a sixth consecutive time and reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 1986. Aside from their fourth-round travails, the Mexicans have enjoyed some recent success on the international stage including winning Olympic gold in London in 2012, and claiming the Gold Cup championship in 2009 and 2011. Mexico will play friendlies against Israel, Ecuador, Bosnia-Herzegovinia and Portugal in the two weeks prior to the World Cup.
Early World Cup Pick
For the second consecutive time, Mexico has drawn into the same group as the World Cup’s host nation. In 2010, that was South Africa. Mexico will face a tougher challenge against host Brazil this time around. However, despite being distant underdogs to win Group A, Mexico has proven capable of competing with Brazil, after defeating them to win gold in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Mexico will likely be heavy favorites when they play Cameroon in the first ever meeting between the two. According to oddsmakers, Mexico’s closest competition is Croatia, who Mexico defeated in the Group Stage of the 2002 World Cup. Their match against Croatia is likely to determine Mexico’s fate in the Group Stage.
Mexico Qualifying Results - How they got to the World Cup
Mexico has struggled, winning just two of 10 qualifying matches. They eventually qualified after defeating a weak New Zealand squad in an intercontinental playoff.
07/02/13 Mexico 0 – 0 Jamaica
22/03/13 Honduras 2 – 2 Mexico
27/03/13 Mexico 0 – 0 United States
05/06/13 Jamaica 0 – 1 Mexico
08/06/13 Panama 0 – 0 Mexico
12/06/13 Mexico 0 – 0 Costa Rica
07/09/13 Mexico 1 – 2 Honduras
11/09/13 United States 2 – 0 Mexico
12/10/13 Mexico 2 – 1 Panama
16/10/13 Costa Rica 2 – 1 Mexico
13/11/13 Mexico 5 – 1 New Zealand
20/11/13 New Zealand 2 – 4 Mexico
Mexico World Cup Group Play Schedule
13/06/14 Mexico vs. Cameroon - Estadio das Dunas
17/06/14 Brazil vs. Mexico - Estadio Castelão
23/06/14 Croatia vs. Mexico - Arena Pernambuco
Mexico Key Players
Giovani dos Santos MF, Villarreal – Named MVP at the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the speedy star will anchor Mexico’s attacking midfield..
Javier Hernandez FW, Manchester United – Nicknamed “Little Pea”, Hernandez is known for his superior vision and game sense, and has tallied 35 goals in 57 matches for Mexico’s national team.
Oribe Peralta FW, Santos Laguna – A late bloomer on the international stage, Peralta led Mexico in scoring in the 2012 Olympics and scored a hat trick in the away leg of Mexico’s intercontinental playoff against New Zealand.