Guyana vs. Mexico: Predictions for Friday's World Cup Qualifier

Tim KeeneyContributor IOctober 12, 2012

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - AUGUST 15:  Players of Mexico sub 23 national soccer team cheer with theirs gold medals during a FIFA friendly match between Mexico and US at Azteca Stadium on August 15, 2012 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/Getty Images)
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Guyana vs. Mexico might just be the most unpredictable game of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. 

The Golden Jaguars must win to stay alive in Group 2, so that gives us a good idea of how the game will go, but with El Tri already having the Group locked up with two matches to go, we really have no idea of how they'll treat this one.

Naturally, let's take a look at this intriguing match and predict what will happen. 


Game Ends in a Draw

Mexico destroyed Guyana by a score of 3-1 during the teams' first World Cup Qualifier back in June, but this is going to be very different.

Or more accurately, it's going to be weird!

Mexico's last two games are meaningless. El Tri, with four wins in four matches, has already secured a Group 2 victory. Moreover, this "Guyana home game" is going to be played in Houston.

Guyana sold the hosting rights, something I didn't even know was possible, and BBVA Compass Stadium pounced at the opportunity.

Finally, Guyana's manager, Jamaal Shabazz, missed the flight and will coach the team via Skype. Seriously. Is this real life?

There is just going to be an odd vibe to this one. Guyana can still technically advance to the next round if they win, but you should still expect a lot of uninspired, sloppy soccer on Friday night. 


Mexico Man of the Match: Andres Guardado

While El Tri has nothing to gain in this one, and a letdown is entirely possible, it's hard to imagine Guardado giving anything less than 100 percent.

Valencia's 26-year-old winger is just too good for that to happen.

Guardado is seeing regular playing time with his La Liga squad and he has consistently proven himself as a dangerous threat during his time on the pitch with Mexico.

He always makes threatening runs downs the sidelines, sets teammates up in good positions and most importantly in a likely sloppy matchup, he does enough that he can achieve a solid rating without scoring goals. 


Guyana Man of the Match: Shawn Beveney

With Guyana needing a win, expect a lot of forward movement in what will be a full-on attack. That means more opportunities for veteran Shawn Beveney, who has scored 22 goals in 41 appearances for the Golden Jaguars. 

Throw in the fact that Alfredo Talavera, who has just nine international caps under his belt, will likely be in goal for El Tri, and Beveney has a good shot at finding the back of the net.