Mexico vs. Bosnia: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2014

Bosnia-Herzegovina's Edin Dzeko, right, is congratulated by teammates Sejad Salihovic, left, Izet Hajrovic (20), and Edin Visca after scoring during the second half in an international friendly soccer match against Ivory Coast on Friday, May 30, 2014, in St. Louis. Dzeko score both Bosnian goals in the team's 2-1 victory. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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Mexico are coming to the end of their pre-World Cup tour of the United States and come up against Bosnia and Herzegovina this Tuesday at Chicago's Soldier Field.

The fixture will serve as El Tri's penultimate friendly before the World Cup, with a run-in against Portugal still to come on Friday evening, but this will be Safet Susic's final chance to assess his team ahead of their trip to Brazil.

With only a fortnight left until matters get underway in South America, tensions are drawing ever tighter in the build-up to this summer's extravaganza, with a preview and viewing details of Tuesday's game detailed ahead.


Date: Tuesday, June 3

Time: 2:30 a.m. BST/9:30 p.m. ET

Live Stream: WatchESPN (U.S., subscription required)

TV Info: ESPN2 (U.S.)


Player To Watch

Mexico: Oribe Peralta

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 31: Edison Mendez #8 of Ecuador advances the ball against Oribe Peralta #19 of Mexico during an international friendly match at the AT&T Stadium on May 31, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)
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With Javier Hernandez failing to seal any sort of prominence at Manchester United in recent years, Oribe Peralta has further cemented his standing as Miguel Herrera's prime attacking option.

ESPN FC's Mexican expert Tom Marshall sees the Club America striker continuing his role as one of El Tri's starting strikers come the World Cup, and he predicts that Giovani dos Santos will be up alongside him as attacking partner:

Despite having not scored an international goal since January, Peralta remains a highly valued asset in his native Mexico and at 30 years of age this is the best opportunity he could have hoped for in having an impact on the biggest football stage of all.

Bosnia have kept only one clean sheet in their last five outings, but they haven't conceded more than two goals in a single match since October, leaving Peralta with slightly mixed prospects heading into the fixture.


Bosnia and Herzegovina: Miralem Pjanic

BOLOGNA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 23:Miralem Pjanic # 16 of AS Roma ( L ) competes the ball with Archimede Morleo # 3 of Bologna FC ( R )  during the Serie A match between Bologna FC and AS Roma at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on February 23, 2014 in Bologna, Italy.  (
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On his day, Miralem Pjanic is capable of running any game, and his increasing seniority at Roma has seen him excel over the past season, creating a squad-high 72 scoring chances in the 2013-14 Serie A campaign, per Squawka.

And it's not just that the technical maestro is gifted in any one sector physically speaking; Serie A expert James Horncastle rightly points out that he can be "decisive" in clutch moments:

This may be a friendly, where the risks are nowhere near as high as they will be in Brazil, but Mexico are still in danger of falling victim to the 24-year-old's influence.

However, as Susic continues to experiment in his midfield, this could rely largely on whether Pjanic is given his chances out wide on Tuesday or in behind the forward line as a No. 10.


Key Battle

Rafael Marquez vs. Edin Dzeko

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 13: Rafael Marquez of Mexico celebrates during a match between Mexico and New Zealand as part of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers at Azteca Stadium on November 13, 2013 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Image
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Thirty-five years of age and still going strong at international level, this summer's World Cup will be something of a swan song for Mexico veteran Rafael Marquez.

It's in the centre-back's nature to treat each and every one of his matches as serious, and the promise of going up against Edin Dzeko this week will have the Club Leon man slightly concerned.

Dzeko is a man in form, too, having netted twice in the 2-1 win over Ivory Coast on Saturday, and Sky Sports' Peter Hall sees the Manchester City man as a dark horse to win this year's Golden Boot:

Aerially, Marquez is capable of tracking Dzeko, but the war horse will need the aid of his fellow defenders and covering midfielders if there's to be a lot of ground work in going up against the striker.