Mexico v Ireland tips for friendly meeting
FootyOn outline Mexico v Ireland tips ahead of the intriguing friendly encounter between the pair in America.
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The Republic of Ireland play the first of two summer friendlies this Friday morning.
Martin O’Neill’s men travel to the United States to tackle Mexico at the Metlife Stadium in New Jersey.
This is ahead of their second friendly against Uruguay on June 4th and 2018 World Cup qualifier with Austria a week later in Dublin.
O’Neill has left a host of top names at home for this travelling match-up, but still has many stars on show.
The same goes for Juan Carlos Osorio’s El Tri, who boast many big name players for the meeting.
So, read on as we select promising Mexico v Ireland tips for this Friday morning tussle.
Draw and both sides to score
With both managers set field somewhat weakened line-ups ahead of World Cup qualifiers, proceedings could be tight.
The Boys in Green have lost just once since their Euro 2016 exploits last summer.
They were narrowly toppled by Iceland last time out on home soil.
That came on the back of a stalemate with close World Cup qualifying group rivals Wales.
Meanwhile, Mexico will look to bounce back from a defeat at the hands of Croatia previously.
This has all the makings of being a close affair, so backing a draw and both sides to score could prove prosperous at 19/4 with BetVictor.
Javier Hernandez to get on scoresheet anytime
Former Manchester United marksman Javier Hernandez recently became his country’s all-time scorer.
The 28-year-old netted in the last defeat to Croatia to take his national career tally to 47 goals.
Chicharito’s successful strike took him one beyond Aztecs legend and ex-Bolton Wanderers frontman Jared Borgetti.
The Bayer Leverkusen frontman will next seek another notch on his tally against the Irish.
Hernandez is an unmissable 11/1 with Paddy Power to simply get on the scoresheet anytime in this match-up.
James McClean to bag the opening goal
Most of the Premier League players within the Irish set-up will join up with the squad after this Mexico clash.
But West Bromwich Albion wideman James McClean asked to be involved and is set for a big outing.
The Baggies winger will earn his 50th cap for his nation on American soil with involvement.
McClean is also set to be handed the captain’s armband by O’Neill.
With a big qualifying encounter coming up on home soil, McClean will be keen to oversee a strong result in New Jersey as skipper.
McClean is therefore a tasty 11/1 with BetVictor to mark a memorable appearance in the US with the game’s opening goal.
The Derry-born attacker may be utilised in a wing back position, but he will also be on set-piece duty for O’Neill’s men.