Argentina and Mexico complete mini-series in Mendoza

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Argentina vs Mexico – Tuesday, November 20, 00:00GMT/21:00ART – Estadio Malvinas Argentina, Mendoza, Argentina

Argentina vs Mexico will take place at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza (JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

Argentina vs Mexico will take place at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza (JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

The doubleheader shifts from the Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes in Córdoba to the Estadio Malvinas Argentina in Mendoza. With a lengthy wait between two qualification cycles for both Argentina, they will compete in the Copa América next summer, and Mexico, who are already qualified for the Gold Cup, both countries are currently playing a series of highly competitive friendlies.

On Friday the two teams met in Córdoba in a game that was dominated by Argentina. Goals by Ramiro Funes Mori (44′) and Isaác Brizuela (83′ OG) sealed it for Argentina.

Even without Lionel Messi, who is taking a break from the national team, Argentina were big -150 favourites over El Tri (+500) for Friday’s game in Cordoba. Argentina were the favourites going into Friday’s game and it will be about the same for Tuesday’s match in Mendoza says Sascha Paruk from SportsBettingDime.

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There could be good value on the draw at +250. In 28 all-time meetings, Argentina has won 12, Mexico has won just four, and the other 12 have ended level. That includes the most recent matchup, a 2-2 draw in a 2015 friendly played in the US. Argentina has also drawn two of its last three matches on home soil (0-0 vs Peru, 1-1 vs Venezuela).

It is a matchup somewhat overshadowed by the Copa Libertadores final that is going on between River Plate and Boca Juniors. The two teams met on Sunday, and the match at La Bombonera ended in a 2-2 draw. It is the first time Argentina’s two biggest clubs meet each other in the final of South America’s biggest club competition, and the game also had an impact on the series against Mexico with Argentina head coach Lionel Scaloni agreeing not to call up any River or Boca players for the games against Mexico.

That means that Darío Benedetto, Cristian Pavon, Pablo Pérez (all Boca), Exequiel Palacios, Gonzalo Martínez, and Enzo Pérez (River) were not called up for this one despite playing at either the 2018 FIFA World Cup or in recent friendlies. It is an important precaution as the Argentine Football Association does not want to come across as having favoured one club over the other.

For Mexico, in the meantime, these could be the last games in which interims head coach Ricardo Ferretti is in charge. Ferretti also coaches the successful Liga MX side Tigres UANL and was appointed to replace Juan Carlos Osorio after the World Cup where Mexico were eliminated by Brazil in the round of 16.

It is not expected that successful Atlanta United head coach Tata Martino, despite his insistence that no deal has been completed yet, will take the job of coaching El Tri following the conclusion of Atlanta’s MLS season. Martino, according to Doug Roberson’s article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, noted, “I’m still contractually linked to Atlanta United,” adding that he didn’t have anything to say about the El Tri rumours.

Martino has done excellent work in Atlanta and is considered a tactical genius, who will without a doubt add a new element to an already fascinating Mexico side. Until then, however, Ferretti will remain in charge, who in his interims period has struggled to convey the same success to the national team that he achieved with Tigres on the club level. In charge for five games, Ferretti has won just one and lost four. Given Argentina’s talent, it is unlikely that his record will improve much in this one as Argentina are favourites to win the second of the two matchups as well.

Argentina vs Mexico – Players to look out for:

Leandro Paredes #5 – Argentina (Zenit)

Leandro Paredes is the magician with a velvet touch. The Zenit St. Petersburg playmaker is one of the most underrated players in Europe. Transferred from Roma to Russia in the summer of 2017 Paredes is one of the best players in the Russian Premier Liga. Still, just 24 Paredes has recently been linked with a move back to one of Europe’s top clubs, but with Zenit dominating the Russian Premier Liga it seems unlikely that any move would materialise until next summer.

Argentina's midfielder Leandro Paredes lines up ahead of the International friendly football match between Argentina and Italy at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, north west England on March 23, 2018. (OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Argentina’s midfielder Leandro Paredes lines up ahead of the International friendly football match between Argentina and Italy at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, north west England on March 23, 2018. (OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Victor Guzmán #3 – Mexico (Pachuca)

Attacking midfielder Victor Guzmán is the latest discovery in the high-flying Liga MX. Like El Tri star Hirving Lozano, who is not with the squad at the moment, Guzmán is a Pachuca product. The 23-year-old Pachuca attacking midfielder has scored nine goals this season and sits in third place in the league goalscoring charts behind Tigres’ French star André-Pierre Gignac and Santos Laguna’s Argentine forward Julio Furch.

Victor Guzman of Mexico drives the ball during the international friendly match between Mexico and Costa Rica at Universitario Stadium on October 11, 2018 in Monterrey, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

Victor Guzman of Mexico drives the ball during the international friendly match between Mexico and Costa Rica at Universitario Stadium on October 11, 2018 in Monterrey, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

Argentina vs Mexico – Match Stats

  • In 28 all-time meetings, Argentina has won 12, Mexico has won just four, and the other 12 have ended level.
  • Argentina has also drawn two of its last three matches on home soil (0-0 vs Peru, 1-1 vs Venezuela).
  • Ahead of the double feature Mexico head coach Ferretti has faced Argentina on one previous occasion on September 9, 2015. The game in Mexico ended 2-2.

Futbolgrad Network Prediction: Argentina vs Mexico – 3-1

Argentina vs Mexico – Lineups

Argentina:

Formation: 3-4-3

Romero – Tagliafico, Otamendi, Mammana – Cervi, Paredes, Ascacíbar, Lamela – de Paul, Simeone, Lamela

Head Coach: Lionel Scaloni

Mexico:

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Corona – Layún, Álvarez, Domínguez, Rodríguez – Dueñas, Gutiérrez – Aquino, Guzmán, Brizuela – Martin

Head Coach: Ricardo Ferretti


Manuel Veth is the owner and Editor in Chief of the Futbolgrad Network. He also works as a freelance journalist and among others works for the Bundesliga and Pro Soccer USA. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in History from King’s College London, and his thesis is titled: “Selling the People’s Game: Football’s transition from Communism to Capitalism in the Soviet Union and its Successor States,” which is available HERE. Originally from Munich, Manuel has lived in Amsterdam, Kyiv, Moscow, Tbilisi, London, and currently is located in Victoria BC, Canada.  Follow Manuel on Twitter @ManuelVeth.

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