Many many delays have meant this is only the 3rd of 12 Previews for the Copa America, and this time we look at one of the invited sides, Mexico. They have several competitions and several injuries to contend with this summer, so there are some new faces in the squad:
Goalkeepers: Jose Corona (Cruz Azul), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Meliton Hernandez (Veracruz)
Defenders: George Corral (Queretaro), Gerardo Flores (Cruz Azul), Rafael Marquez (Verona), Hugo Ayala (UANL), Julio Dominguez (Cruz Azul), Carlos Salcedo (Guadalajara), Miguel Angel Herrera (Pachuca), Adrian Aldrete (Santos Laguna), Efrain Velarde (Monterrey)
Midfielders: Mario Osuna (Queretaro), Juan Carlos Medina (Atlas), Javier Guemez (Tijuana), Jesus Manuel Corona (FC Twente), Javier Aquino (Rayo Vallecano), Luis Montes (Leon), Marco Fabian (Guadalajara)
Forwards: Raul Jimenez (Atletico Madrid), Eduardo Herrera (UNAM), Enrique Esqueda (UANL), Vicente Matias Vuoso (Chiapas).
Coach: Miguel Herrera
Expected Lineup: (5-4-1) Corona, Corral, Marquez, Ayala, Dominguez, Aldrete, Osuna, Herrera, Jesus Corona, Fabian, Raul Jimenez
Atletico Madrid’s Raul Jimenez is the main man, With several players out injured, and the squad split a little as they are competing in the Gold Cup, this man is one of the most experienced for them, along with Marquez. Marco Fabian is also a key player in midfield – certainly one to look out for!
What to Expect?
Not a great deal – over two thirds of their squad have less than 20 caps, due to the Gold Cup. They were invited to this competition, so do not take it as seriously as some South American teams, but in the 8 times they have entered this tournament, they have only failed to get out of the group stage once! In a group containing Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia, they should qualify, at least as a best 3rd place as Ecuador are a dangerous side!
- Group Winner @ 9/2
- Overall Winner @ 25/1
- Top Scorer – Raul Jimenez @ 100/1
These are just some of the odds available on the market. As we get closer, the variety should get better, but the value probably won’t for Mexico.
So – a very inexperienced squad led by two pro’s in Jimenez and Marquez. The young squad may thrive under the pressure, as they have nothing to lose. A full Mexico squad may have challenged for the last 4, but this one I can see getting into the KO round and then faltering against one of the bigger sides.