Guyana vs. Mexico: Olympic Gold Medalists Will Continue to Roll

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 11, 2012

Photo Credit: Reuters
Photo Credit: Reuters

Mexico has gone undefeated in World Cup qualifying action in 2012, and that won't change against Guyana on Friday.

The 2012 Olympic gold medalists defeated Guyana in June to start off qualifying action this year, getting goals from Carlos Salcido and Giovani Dos Santos en route to a 3-1 victory.

It's been a collective effort for the Mexicans through four qualifying matches, getting goals from five different players, including two each from Salcido and Jesus Zavala. During this span, the defense has only allowed two goals, one being an own goal against Guyana.

Mexico is ranked No. 19 in the world in the FIFA rankings and continues to play well alongside forward Javier Hernandez.

Guyana, on the other hand, has gone 0-3-1 in qualifying play this year and is coming off a 3-2 loss to El Salvador.

You add the fact that this match will be played in Houston, which sports an adoring Mexican-American population, and you have what basically equates to home-field advantage.

Mexico has historically drawn big crowds in Houston, whether it be the World Cup qualifier at Reliant Stadium in 2008, the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals or the 2010 MLS All-Star Game, which saw Hernandez as a crowd favorite playing for Manchester United.

Mexico's decided advantage in pure skill level, combined with the location of the match, makes it hard to believe Guyana—last place in Group B—will stand a chance. Mexico may have nothing to play for after clinching a place in the final qualifying round, but even an experimenting Jose Manuel de la Torre is better than a determined Guyana side.

Look for Mexico to roll on to another victory and mix things up along the way in preparation for the next round.

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