Argentina vs Mexico predictions and betting tips for Friday night’s international friendly fixture. The game takes place at the Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes and our tipster has selected three recommended bets.
Argentina will entertain Mexico twice in the space of a few days with the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero missing from the squad.
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A poor defence was very much the scourge of Argentina at the World Cup, where the South Americans conceded nine goals in just four matches before their elimination. Things appear to have improved somewhat since the departure of Jorge Sampaoli, though, with a last-minute goal at the hands of bitter rivals Brazil their only defensive blot in four matches.
Far from being the quality side we’ve seen in the past, Mexico are now virtual pushovers having flattered to deceive in recent years. Their past half a dozen fixtures have yielded just one victory and we don’t expect that statistic to improve over the weekend. You can get 6/4 with Coral on Argentina winning to nil, which looks far more likely to be successful than it might have over the summer.
Mexico’s record against Argentina is historically poor, with just one win in their last fifteen meetings. One thing you can be entitled to expect in this fixture however, is goals. The past five encounters have each seen over 2.5 strikes registered and the likelihood of this theme continuing looks high on paper. The bookies don’t agree though, and price this up as an odds-against chance. Paddy Power are the most generous and go 11/10 on there being three or more goals for our Argentina vs Mexico predictions. Could they come to regret their bigheartedness? We think so!
The absence of several big names from Argentina’s squad provides an opportunity for some of the less-established players to stake a claim for a shirt. Mauro Icardi is perhaps the most obvious candidate to lead the line against Mexico, with his infrequent presence in the national side widely reported as being due to the intervention of Lionel Messi. It’s hard to believe that a man who scores with such regularity in Serie A is such a peripheral figure for his country, but that’s the situation at present. Amazingly, Icardi has yet to score for Argentina in six appearances – but that ought to change sooner or later.
You can get 11/10 with Bet Victor on Icardi opening his account against Mexico, which looks a fair price to conclude this weekend’s Argentina vs Mexico betting tips considering the 25-year-old’s ferocious strike-rate in Italy.
Argentina Win – 8/13
Draw – 3/1
Mexico Win – 11/2
Amidst all the uncertainty around who will be appointed as Argentina’s permanent manager, there is a concession that things have improved on the field since their embarrassing last-16 exit in Russia.
Lionel Scaloni has had to contend with several star players being unavailable since arriving at the helm on a short-term basis, but he can be confident of a performance this weekend.
The 8/13 price available on an Argentina win is reflective of their dominance in this fixture and a win either side of the weekend could have a big say in whether Scaloni is in charge for the 2019 Copa America.
Argentina win to nil – 6/4 with Coral.
Over 2.5 Match Goals – 11/10 with Paddy Power.
Mauro Icardi to score anytime – 11/10 with Bet Victor.
Read More: The Nations League is back and there are fixtures throughout the weekend. See all of our International predictions for the tournament.
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