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World Cup Match Preview: Croatia vs. Mexico (Group A)

World Cup Match Preview: Croatia vs. Mexico (Group A)

Match Date: 23 June 2014 (local time)

Venue: Recife

 

Mexico shall not waste the golden opportunity to eliminate Croatia in the group stage and advance in the tournament.

 

Trailing El Tri by just a point, the Blazers can still force an unforgettable upset. They have a better goal difference, which leverages their squad against the Mexicans. As a matter of fact, it is Mexico, which carries the burden and pressure in this match since a stalemate will still prove to be favorable for Croatia.

 

What happened?

 

Croatia

Mario Mandzukic’s entry made a total difference in Croatia’s performance. The squad thrashed Cameroon with four (4) goals and at the same time, kept a clean sheet. Such victory enabled the squad to recover (partially) from their loss against the host.

 

Croatia will enter the match without injury issues to worry. Niko Kovac might stick to its previous line-up against.

 

Mexico

After a narrow victory against Cameroon, Mexico did an impressive job in forcing Brazil to settle for a stalemate.

 

Miguel Herrera is expected to use its previous line-up as well to prevent Croatia from stealing the spotlight away from them. Likewise, expect Guillermo Ochoa to feature. His dramatic saves will have plenty of opportunity in the match as he need to play big and wide against the likes of Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Rakitic, Ivica Olic and Ivan Perisic.

 

Prediction

Indeed, Mario Mandzukic’s entry triggered Croatia’s scoring prowess, which makes them a clear favorite of world cup odds. However, Mexico has also proven that it can construct an impenetrable defence wall that could deny its opponents. This therefore, creates a possibility for the match to end in a draw.

 

 

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