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Mexico vs South Africa Predictions & Tips - Goals Expected in crunch group match in Sapporo
- Mexico vs South Africa Predictions for Wednesday’s Olympics group match
- Match is being played at 12:30 BST at Sapporo Dome
- Mexico have won 7 of their last 10 matches
- A win for Mexico is tipped in Sapporo
- Betting tips, predictions and team news for Mexico vs South Africa
Mexico vs South Africa Predictions
Mexico need at least a draw to progress whilst South Africa have to win by two goals and hope that France lose to Japan. Amaglug-glug looked more dangerous in attack for the last match but their defence suffered with a more open formation. I am tipping Mexico to win and guarantee a quarter-final place.
- Mexico have won 7 of their last 10 matches (all competitions).
- Mexico have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches (all competitions).
- South Africa have lost 3 of their last 5 matches (all competitions).
- South Africa have seen over 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 5 matches (all competitions).
Head to Head
This is the first ever meeting between these sides.
Mexico qualified for the Olympics by winning the CONCACAF qualifying tournament after beating Honduras on penalties in the final.
In pre-Olympics friendlies, Mexico beat Romania 1-0 and drew 1-1 with Saudi Arabia. A 3-2 win against Australia followed.
In the Olympics, Mexico thrashed France 4-1 in their opening match but went down 2-1 to hosts Japan in their last match. Johan Vasquez was red carded after 68 minutes and Roberto Alvarado scored a late consolation goal.
Mexico Injuries & Team News
Goalkeepers: Luis Malagón, Guillermo Ochoa, Sebastián Jurado
Defenders: Jorge Sánchez, César Montes, Alberto Angulo, Johan Vásquez, Vladimir Loroña, Adrián Mora, Érick Aguirre
Midfielders: Luis Romo, Carlos Rodríguez, José Joaquín Esquivel, Sebastián Córdova, Fernando Beltrán
Forwards: Henry Martín, Diego Lainez, Alexis Vega, Uriel Antuna, Eduardo Aguirre, Ricardo Angulo, Roberto Alvarado
Centre back Johan Vasquez will serve a suspension after his dismissal against Japan. Vladimir Lorona is expected to take his place.
Coach Jaime Lozano could hand a start to striker Roberto Alvarado after he scored as a substitute in the last match.
South Africa Form
South Africa qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after a penalty shootout victory against Ghana in the under 23 Africa Cup of Nations.
South Africa lost their opening Olympics match 1-0 to Japan after a resolute defensive performance.
There last match saw a last-gasp 4-3 defeat to France having led 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2. Kobamelo Kodisang, Evidence Makgopa and Teboho Mokoena scored the goals.
South Africa Injuries & Team News
Goalkeepers: Mondli Mpoto, Ronwen Williams, Sifiso Mlungwana
Defenders: Tercious Malepe, Luke Fleurs, Thabiso Monyane, Reeve Frosler, Thendo Mukumela, MacBeth Mahlangu, Katlego Mohamme, Sibusiso Mabiliso
Midfielders: Teboho Mokoena, Thabo Cele, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Goodman Mosele, Kamohelo Mahlatsi
Attackers: Luther Singh, Evidence Makgopa, Kobamelo Kodisang
Coach David Notoane switched from a 5-3-2 to a 4-2-3-1 formation for the last match. Winger Kobamelo Kodisang was on the scoresheet so should keep his place.
Sibusiso Mabiliso will hope for a recall at left back after Katlego Mohamme started the last match in that role.
Mexico are backed to win with the match seeing over 2.5 goals. A 2-1 scoreline is the tip.
Best Bet: Mexico Win Full Time Result $1.57 at Bookmaker - 5 Units
Value Bet: Mexico/Over 2.5 Result/Total Goals $2.05 at Betstar Australia - 3 Units
Correct Score Tip: Mexico Win 2-1 Correct Score $8.00 at Neds - 1 Unit