Portugal v Mexico tips: Navigators to sneak through with narrow victory
FootyOn provide Portugal v Mexico tips ahead of their 2017 Confederations Cup third place play-off match.
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Fernando Santos’ Portugal claimed a famous Euro 2016 final victory over hosts France last summer which qualified them for the competition.
However, they lost to Chile in the semi-final, after failing to score any of their penalties.
Meanwhile, Mexico qualified for this competition after beating USA in a 2015 CONCACAF Cup play-off.
El Tri had their time in Russia cut short, though, after a 4-1 beating by Germany.
So, in light of this bronze medal matchup, we’ve picked out three top Portugal v Mexico tips…
Both sides to score in Portugal win
This will be the fourth time these two nations have met and Mexico are yet to record a win.
However, Juan Carlos Osorio’s men can be confident coming into their clash.
El Tri have netted in each of their 12 games, so expect a forward line led by the nation’s all-time leading scorer Javier Hernandez to hit the net.
Given the Navigators’ offensive quality with Cristiano Ronaldo coming off a domestic double with Real Madrid, though, Portugal are likely to eventually come out on top.
Mexico have kept just one clean sheet in their previous six games, and are 11/4 with betway to score in a Navigators triumph.
Chicharito to score anytime
Mexico’s greatest scorer possesses a superb record in the famous green of El Tri.
The former Manchester United marksman has netted 48 in 94 caps for his nation and even got on the scoresheet when the two countries last met.
With Giovani dos Santos providing quality service from midfield, with Javier Aquino and Raul Jimenez on either flank, expect Hernandez to get plenty of chances and put at least one away.
Portugal to win by one goal
Each of Portugal’s last two wins against Mexico have been by one goal.
Combine this with the fact that Santos’ men conceded just once in the knockout rounds of their successful Euro 2016 campaign, and a one goal margin looks great value at 3/1 with Sky Bet.
Though, with their attacking talents El Tri should find the net. Be confident the Navigators can use their almost unrivalled firepower in this competition to see them past their opponents.