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Mexico vs. Jamaica: Previewing Crucial World Cup Qualifier

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26:  Javier Hernandez of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Fourth Round match between Manchester United and Fulham at Old Trafford on January 26, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IFebruary 6, 2013

Wednesday night will see a crucial CONCACAF World Cup qualifier between Mexico and Jamaica in the Hexagonal stage opener.

In Mexico's last international action, against Denmark, the team drew 1-1. Midfielder Marco Fabian connected on a penalty shot in the 68th minute for El Tri.

Mexico will have the complete advantage, playing at home before a stadium that holds roughly 104,000 screaming and dedicated fans.

With El Tri a heavy favorite entering this qualifying match, Jamaica will have its hands full on Wednesday.

 

When: Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 9:30 p.m. ET

Where: Estadio Azteca, Mexico

Watch: ESPN 3

 

Having won the Gold Cup and owning the best ranking in the confederation, Mexico is arguably the best club in the CONCACAF and should have no trouble putting away the Reggae Boyz.

Carlos Salcido and Hector Herrera both played the midfield extremely well against Denmark last week, and El Tri still boasts forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and midfielder Andres Guardado on the attack.

For Jamaica, striker Jermaine Beckford and midfielder Jobi McAnuff must lead the charge on the attack.

El Tri's defense can be beat, but the Reggae Boyz need to bring their best offensive attack on Wednesday to get past Mexico.

All signs point toward a big win for Mexico and an even better run through the CONCACAF.

Prediction: Mexico over Jamaica, 4-1

 

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