Mexico opens their World Cup stint against Poland in a Group C match on Tuesday, November 22 from Qatar. The match begins at 11:00 a.m. ET and will be broadcast on FOX and Telemundo. Below, find Mexico odds vs. Poland and a match preview for this Group C opening tilt.
Mexico Odds Vs. Poland: World Cup Group C
- This Mexico odds table has three choices under moneyline. One for each team to win, and one for the match to end in a draw. In three-way moneyline soccer betting markets, it is not a push if a World Cup match ends in a draw. It is a loss unless you bet on the draw odds.
With Argentina being awarded top seeding in Group C, it will take a major upset for them not to finish top of the standings. Should this prove to be the case as many are expecting and it will be down to Mexico and Poland to join them in the Round of 16.
That is not to do fellow Group C entrants Saudi Arabia a disservice, it is more the fact that one nation always has to finish at the foot of the table, and for Herve Renard’s men this is already shaping up to be the case.
Mexico squaring off with Poland and vice versa is certainly not going to be the most difficult tie for either in Group C. However, it is certainly going to be the most important. If either can avoid defeat at Doha’s Stadium 974, a knockout stage appearance becomes a more realistic proposition.
Like in any of the other 15 opening World Cup fixtures, neither side will want to get off to a losing start. A win is undoubtedly a huge shot in the arm. A draw and the focus will become the ability to score and concede goals in equal measure.
Should these two nations make do with a share of the points, it may boil down to how many goals can be scored in a win over Saudi Arabia. Then again, this could be counterbalanced by a heavy defeat against Argentina.
One good result can quickly be undone by a poor one and because it is such a balancing act in the second and third fixtures of Group C, a win in the opening encounter may now take on even greater importance.
Of course, neither nation will want to get off to a losing start but at the same time only one can call upon the services of Robert Lewandowski in attack and for this reason, I like the look of Poland in the double chance market at -225.
With the Barcelona forward showing no signs of slowing down at the age of 34, Lewandowski will be licking his lips at the prospect of terrorizing opposition defenses and for this reason, you should also back him in the anytime goalscorer market.
Of course, if Mexico can stop Lewandowski, they have a much greater chance of making swift progress themselves. That is not to say that Poland are one-man team, but everything positive runs through their talisman.
Then again, Mexico are always a difficult team to face at the World Cup and with Raul Jimenez and Hirving Lozano both likely to start in attack, they are just as adept when it comes to causing the opposition headaches.
Something that they certainly managed within the final phase of Concacaf qualification and with Gerardo Martino’s men finishing second in the six-team group, they only missed out on the top spot by virtue of Canada having a better goal difference.
Ultimately what took place against the likes of Panama, Jamaica or El Salvador will have little bearing on what will soon happen against the trio of Poland, Argentina, and Saudi Arabia, and with a lack of frequent world-class opponents to go up against, this may soon work against them.
With that said, a team that has a subtle balance between flair and strength should never be underestimated and Poland will only do that at their peril. Therefore, backing the draw and over 1.5 total goals at +320 is also worth some serious consideration.
The beauty of the World Cup finals is that it allows teams of contrasting styles to go up against each other. Mexico vs. Poland certainly covers such a remit and this upcoming fixture is certainly worthy of top billing.
Best of luck wagering on Mexico odds in the World Cup.
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