Mexico National Team World Cup Betting
No team has been more consistent than Mexico at the last seven World Cups. El Tri have made it to the knockout rounds of the last seven World Cup competitions, but they have been eliminated in the Round of 16 every time. That has led to plenty of consternation among a fanbase ready for improvement, yet Mexico was not too impressive during World Cup qualifying.
Manager: Gerardo Martino
Nickname: El Tri
Confederation: CONCACAF (North, Central America & Caribbean)
FIFA Ranking: 9 (March 2022)
Mexico World Cup Betting Odds
To Win Group C: +450
To Win 2022 World Cup: +15500
*Odds as of May 4, 2022
Mexico Group Stage Schedule
Mexico vs. Poland, Tuesday, November 22, 2022, 11 a.m. ET, at Stadium 974 in Doha (FOX)
Argentina vs. Mexico, Saturday, November 26, 2022, 2 p.m. ET, at Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail (FS1)
Saudi Arabia vs. Mexico, Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 2 p.m. ET, at Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail (FS1)
History at the World Cup
Appearances: 17 (first in 1930)
Best Result: Quarter-finals (1970, 1986)
El Tri has qualified for the World Cup more often than any North American team. This will be Mexico’s 17th appearance at the World Cup, but they have never advanced past the quarterfinals. Both of those quarterfinals appearances came when Mexico hosted the World Cup in 1970 and 1986.
Mexico lost its first nine World Cup matches before finally earning a result at the 1958 World Cup. They drew Wales in the Group Stage, but they were still the worst team at the World Cup after a 3-0 loss to Sweden and a 4-0 loss to Hungary. They finally secured their first World Cup win the next year, but Mexico didn’t advance past the Group Stage until 1970.
After a scoreless draw against the Soviet Union in their first match, Mexico smashed El Salvador 4-0 to set up a showdown with Belgium for the right to advance to the knockout rounds. Gustavo Pena scored a penalty in the 14th minute, and that goal was enough to send Mexico to the quarterfinals where they fell to Italy 4-1.
We saw El Tri miss out on the World Cup in two of its next three tries, and Mexico finished in dead last at the 1978 World Cup. However, they had their best performance yet in 1986. Mexico topped its group for the first time with wins over Belgium and Iraq, and they went on to beat Bulgaria in the Azteca in the Round of 16. Unfortunately, they fell to West Germany in penalties after a scoreless regulation.
It's been a familiar story for Mexico over the last seven World Cups. They always make it out of the Group Stage, but they stumble in the Round of 16. El Tri have lost in penalties and extra time, yet the most heartbreaking loss came at the 2014 World Cup. Mexico was up 1-0 on the Netherlands in the 87th minute and then the Dutch scored twice in the closing minutes to stun their opponents.
What to Watch
Long-time goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa is the captain of Mexico. Ochoa has 128 caps, and he will soon surpass legendary goalkeeper Jorge Campos in that area. He is one of a handful of veterans on this team, including Andres Guardado, Hector Moreno, and Chicharito.
Guardado is one of the most capped active players in the world. He has played 173 matches for Mexico, but he will be turning 36 in September so this is likely his last World Cup. Moreno has 122 caps, and Hector Herrera will top the century mark soon too with 98 appearances for El Tri.
There is a decent amount of talent up top for Mexico. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is the leader up front, and he is the all-time leading goal scorer with 52 goals in 109 matches. Raul Jimenez has 30 goals in close to 100 games with Mexico, and Hirving Lozano has showed a lot of talent over the last few years too.
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