Preview - Mexico vs Scotland 03 June 18

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International Friendly
Mexico vs Scotland
Sunday, June 3rd, 2018
09:00am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Estadio Azteca

Last five matches form: W W W L D
Average goals per match: 1.81
Average goals against per match: 0.50
Top Scorer: Javier Hernández (49)

Last five matches form: D L L L W L
Average goals per match: 1.70
Average goals against per match: 1.20
Top Scorer: Charlie Mulgrew (2)

The international friendlies continue into Sunday this week, with matches spread all around the globe. Over in Mexico it is Scotland who are the visitors to the Azteca as the home side continue their World Cup preparations.

Mexico have only one more friendly to go after this before the finals, and as such coach Juan Carlos Osorio will likely choose close to a full strength line-up as he bids to finalise his side. We would still expect a spate of substitutions though, particularly in the midfield and wide positions where a couple of places in the starting eleven look top be up for grabs.

This isn't anything like a full-strength Scotland line-up, with new manager Alex McLeish seemingly using the match to run the rule over a number of players who are relatively new to the international scene. Of the 19 players who travel, only defender Chalrie Mulgrew has more than 10 caps. Mulgrew is also the only man in the squad to have previously scored a goal for his country.

Having huffed and puffed with nothing to show for it in their most recent game against Wales, one of the main objectives for Mexico here will surely be to bag a goal or two to boost their confidence headed into the Finals. Against what is a weak looking Scotland squad, they should manage it without too much trouble.

Prediction: Mexico 3 - 0 Scotland


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots: 25 - 2
Shots on target: 9 - 2
Corner Kicks: 5 - 3
Possession: 63% - 37%

This really was as one sided as the stats suggest. Despite racking up a total of 25 shots though, the home side could manage only one goal. That's just one goal in their past three games now for Mexico, highlighting an area that must be improved upon if they are to progress into the latter stages at the coming World Cup Finals.

For a vastly inexperienced Scotland side, this was a useful learning experience, showing just what can be required at the international level. On the plus side they showed plenty of industry and endeavour in what were stifling conditions, but simply couldn't live with the slick passing of the home side at times.

What in the end turned out to be the only goal of the game came in the 13th minute. Good interplay between Giovanni Dos Santos and Carlos Vela on the edge of the area ending with Dos Santos firing a very well placed low drive into the bottom right corner leaving the keeper with no chance. It looked to be just a question of how many Mexico would score at that stage.

They did come close through Miguel Layún in the 29th minute. Layún unlucky to see an excellent curling effort from around 25 yards come back off the post.

Scotland did nearly grab an equaliser at the start of the second half. Oliver McBurnie powering a header off the post. That's as close as they came.

Mexico had a couple of excellent chances to double their advantage. The best of which fell to Hirving Lozano. Breaking into the box on the right-hand side, he did well to beat his man before crashing an effort off the crossbar.

1-0 final score.

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