Mexico entered World Cup play virtually ignored and not well respected. When punters evaluated Group F it was conceded that the Great German Colossus would easily win the foursome. If anyone was to cause trouble it was thought to be the well disciplined team from Sweden.
But Mexico blew it all apart, not to mention a lot of World Cup gambling bankrolls, with their opening match win over Germany. And now El Tri is on the inside track to win the group. As for Sweden they have not exactly inspired gamblers to flood the betting windows. Their play has often been pedestrian. And their excruciating loss to Germany a potential death blow.
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2018 FIFA World Cup Mexico vs. Sweden
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 10 a.m. ET
Location: Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
World Cup Betting Online Odds at BetCris: Sweden PK +128, Mexico PK -143, Over 2 ½ +126, Under 2 ½ -141, Sweden +215, Mexico +140, Draw +227
Mexico vs. Sweden TV Coverage: FOX
Mexico is a 28/1 betting choice to win the World Cup and is now a -155 chalk to win Group F. Sweden is a +400 pick to win Group F and is a 200/1 longshot to win the World Cup.
El Tri Shocks the World
Mexico’s 1-0 win over Germany in the opener caused the Earth quake tracking meters to jump in that nation where fans went hopping crazed insane with joyous delirium. The upset win was the proverbial shot heard round the world. Not only was Germany a huge favorite but nobody believed that Mexico had what it took to overcome the Beastly Behemoth. Germany forced nine saves by Mexico. Fans and gamblers were hanging on for dear life. But Mexico got it done. Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and goal scorer Hirving Lozano will never have to buy a drink for the rest of their lives as permanent national heroes from here on out.
Steady as a Rock
In their second match against South Korea the big challenge for El Tri was to not get swept up in the euphoria of their upset win over the Germans. They had to get back to business and did just that. Mexico led 2-0 until the final moments when South Korea scored a too little too late goal. Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez scored the goals. Hernandez is the all time leading goal scorer for Mexico with his 50th of his international career.
Germans Crush Sweden’s Dream
Sweden took a 1-0 lead over Germany in their second game to put the Germans in serious peril of making the knockout round. But the Germans rallied to tie the game at the 48 minute mark and then were able to pull the iron out of the fire just before time expired. Toni Kroos scored the game winner in what was a devastating loss for the Swedes. Sweden had defeated South Korea in their opener 1-0. A win over Germany or even a tie would have made their Round of 16 chances far greater. Now they must find a way to pull themselves together after what was a devastating defeat.
New Look Swedes
In the past Sweden was far too reliant upon now retired star Zlatan Ibrahimovic. While he was a glamorous star Ibrahimovic made the team too dependent upon him. Much like Argentina is with Lionel Messi. Coach Janne Andersson has created a much improved team culture that has increased the quality of unit play.
Mexico vs. Sweden Free Picks
Many believe that Sweden was far too conservative against Germany, especially with a man advantage. And now they face a red hot Mexico team that believes in themselves. Mexico will have far more confidence and should get the win.
Mexico vs. Sweden Pick: Bet the money line on Mexico
Mexico vs. Sweden Score Prediction: Mexico 2, Sweden 0
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