Mexico vs. Bosnia: Latest Form Guide and Early Predictions

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Mexico vs. Bosnia: Latest Form Guide and Early Predictions
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As both teams continue their preparations for this summer's World Cup, Mexico will play host to Bosnia and Herzegovina this Tuesday in what promises to be an entertaining encounter between two Brazil-bound outfits.

Miguel Herrera's side have one more friendly, against Portugal, to think about before they jet off for South America, but for Safet Susic, this is the last chance to test his players ahead of the tournament.

Neither of these teams are being mentioned as teams that one might be expected to keep their eye on in terms of challenging for silverware this summer. That being said, these dark horses are likely to put a good show on as they get ready for the main event, with form guide and predictions detailed ahead.

 

Form Guide

Mexico

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El Tri's path to the 2014 World Cup was nowhere near as assured as that of their Tuesday opponents, having to rely on an intercontinental play-off against New Zealand in order to gain entry.

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Granted, they dismissed the All Whites by an aggregate scoreline of 9-3, but juxtaposed against Bosnia and Herzegovina's record of eight wins from their 10 UEFA qualification games, their run to Brazil pales in comparison.

Taking that two-legged affair into account, Herrera's men have netted 18 goals in their last six matches while Bosnia and Herzegovina have scored just half that amount in the same space of time.

While New Zealand's lack of quality might corrupt those results, Mexico's slate of nine goals in their last four fixtures is still quite impressive and significant of the offensive approach that their manager has attempted to instil in a formation that relies a lot on the input of its wing-backs.

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina

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While Mexico might be a more impressive party in terms of their recent scoring strain, one might think that Bosnia's advantage therefore lies in defence. Except Susic's outfit has managed to keep just one clean sheet in their eight matches while El Tri have kept three in their last six.

It's worth noting that all three of those clean sheets came at home, but Bosnia made a habit of performing strongly when in foreign territory throughout the course of their 2014 World Cup qualification.

ESPN FC highlight the Edin Dzeko-led side as one to perhaps watch out for this summer:

Susic's side failed to win just one of their five away matches in UEFA qualifying Group G, drawing 0-0 in Greece, but their record of 30 goals scored in just 10 games is an asset that Mexico will be wary of.

The Europeans have lost some of that on-the-ball impetus in recent months, but provided they can rediscover their scoring touch, Bosnia and Herzegovina will give Mexico and others in Brazil a real run for their money.

 

Prediction

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Having each won four of their last six respective matches in both friendlies and competition, these two sides are made up of inconsistencies, and so Tuesday's victor is likely to depend on who can take the initiative and get the upper hand earliest.

Both teams are coming off the back of wins, and it was a 36-minute brace from Dzeko that gave Bosnia and Herzegovina a 2-1 victory over Ivory Coast while Mexico cantered to a 3-0 triumph over Israel.

The neutral location of Illinois' Soldier Field will mean that El Tri can't rely on a wholesome home atmosphere they might have had at the Estadio Azteca, and one can expect a back-and-forth affair with nothing to tell between the two parties.

Prediction: Mexico 2-2 Bosnia and Herzegovina

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