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Mexico go into this game as rightful favourites at 1.62, but this isn’t the side that can count itself as one of CONCACAF’s finest. No, that team would include Oribe Peralta, Carlos Vela, Andres Guardado, Javier Hernandez and a number of others, instead this team is very much a fringe Mexican outfit.
That’s not to say they shouldn’t beat Bolivia. That shouldn’t be too much of an issue, with their opponents having failed to win a game outside Bolivia for eight years now – that’s 35 matches.
The Mexicans will win this game and then focus on battling Ecuador for second in the group. Their chequered Copa America history, playing each time as an invitee from CONCACAF, is down to the varying strengths of squads they have brought to the tournament. This time it isn’t one to write home about.
Most of El Tri’s European-based players and the majority of the team that played at the World Cup last year will feature in July at CONCACAF’s Gold Cup, but there are still some players of note including veteran defender Rafael Marquez to anchor their five-man defence. We fancy their solidity-first approach to help keep a clean sheet at 2.24.
Bolivia have… well, it doesn’t matter a great deal.
Back Mexico to Win to Nil @ 2.68
The Copa America got underway last night, and Mexico and Bolivia are both desperate for a good start, in a game you can watch for free on Betfair Live Video. Fresh from a winning tip in the opening game, Ed Malyon talks you through it…