Things are heating up in World Cup qualification, as the final rounds of fixtures to determine the sides that will be playing in Qatar will be played over the next seven days. USA have an awful lot of work to do if they are to replace Canada at the top of the standings, but realistically they are playing for nothing more than second in the group.
Mexico vs USA Odds
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USA Looking To Avoid Nervy Finish
The United States have watched their big chance pass them by, and they will now be looking to finish in one of the two other automatic spots in the third round of qualification. Canada boasts a four point advantage at the top of the standings, and that looking unlikely to shorten with just three more rounds of fixtures to play. It will be an embarrassing outcome for the US either way, as they would have been expected to finish above their local rivals, but there is still a risk that they could fall out of contention altogether.
The United States are currently second in the overall standings, having picked up 21 points from the eleven games that they have played. That is the same number of points at Mexico with three games to play, while Panama are four points behind both nations. The US bounced back from their 2-0 defeat against Canada in their latest fixture, as they cruised past Honduras with a 3-0 home win. They will need more of the same against Mexico this week.
Mexico Looking For Huge Win
Mexico are very much in the same position as the United States coming into this fixture, as they are sitting level on points with their great rivals with just three games to go. A win this week for Mexico would mean that they keep alive their chances of progression to the World Cup by finishing above the US, while also putting the qualification hopes of their rivals in danger. Meanwhile, defeat could allow Panama to go above them with just two rounds of fixtures remaining.
Mexico have been consistent throughout qualification, and come into this fixture having gone three without defeat. They have also won two games during that period, which includes a win against Panama in their latest fixture. Their latest success was a 1-0 win, with Raul Jimenez scoring the eventual winning goal from the penalty spot with ten minutes remaining.
Head to Head Record
USA have an excellent recent record against Mexico, as they have picked up victories in the previous three matches between the sides. Their most recent win came back in November when they won 2-0. Mexico’s last win came in an international friendly in September 2019, as they won 3-0.
Mexico vs USA Prediction
Both sides would be keen to win this game, but a draw for both may also be seen as a positive result. Therefore, we could be likely to see a cagey draw between the two rivals in Mexico.