2018 FIFA World Cup – Brazil vs Mexico Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Monday 2nd July, 15:00

Where? Cosmos Arena

What channel is it on? BBC

Where can I stream the match? BBC license holders can stream the match online via BBC iPlayer

Are tickets still available? https://www.ticketbisevents.com/en/football-world-cup-2018-tickets/ca2171?afl=694JWFTART&gclid=CjwKCAjw3cPYBRB7EiwAsrc-ubpt4g60RCE1cxEY1qD29AUk7XLBVGrSrMV_EvR_BqvkoCzBoUdigRoCvlEQAvD_BwE

THE TEAM NEWS

BRAZIL

  • Brazil produced their best performance so far in the final group game as they comfortably dispatched Serbia 2-0 as their confidence grows.
  • Marcelo was forced off with a knock after just ten minutes of that game but he should be fit to take his spot at left-back against Mexico.
  • Danilo has a chance of returning to the side after injury so that is one potential change while Douglas Costa is struggling with injury.

Predicted line-up (4-3-3):

Alisson

Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo

Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho

Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: Danilo, Douglas Costa, Marcelo

MEXICO

  • Mexico come into this game with a negative dynamic after being heavily beaten by Sweden as they did not expect the 3-0 reverse.
  • Confidence has been dented somewhat since the historic win over Germany and the suspension of Moreno compounds matters coming into this.
  • Ayala is likely to come into the back four but they will miss Moreno's experience so the reliance on Salcedo will be even greater now.

Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1):

Ochoa

Alvarez, Ayala, Salcedo, Gallardo

Herrera, Guardado

Layun, Vela, Lozano

Hernandez

Unavailable: Moreno

Doubtful: None

THE PREDICTION

Mexico will look to implement the same game plan that they used against Germany but they will have to bounce back after the Sweden loss. Brazil are showing signs of improving with every game and they should extend the good run of results they have against Mexico.