Mexico vs. Portugal: Latest Form Guide and Early Predictions

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 5, 2014

LISBON, PORTUGAL - MAY 31:  Katsouranis of Greece with Miguel Veloso of Portugal during the International Friendly between Portugal and Greece at the National Stadium on May 31, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)
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Mexico and Portugal will continue their respective preparations for the World Cup when they face each other at the Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts on Friday.

Both sides had to come through the play-offs to make it to this summer's showpiece event in Brazil, with Mexico beating New Zealand and Portugal overcoming Sweden.

The occasion presents each side with a genuine opportunity to pit themselves against another World Cup-quality side, and it should be a well-contested game.

Read on for a look at the form guide of both sides as well as a prediction as to the outcome of the game.


Form Guide

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 31: A fan of Mexico holds the flag as his team plays Ecuador in a 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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Mexico scraped into the World Cup by the skin of their teeth. They nearly did not even make it to the play-off.

In their last group game against Costa Rica, they lost 2-1. Panama had the play-off spot wrapped up, as they were beating the USA 2-1. But two stoppage-time goals from the Americans handed the Mexicans a lifeline, and Panama hopes were dashed.

Miguel Herrera's team finished fourth in CONCACAF qualifying behind the U.S., Costa Rica and Honduras, having only scored seven goals in 10 games, per Eurosport, winning just twice.

They found their scoring boots to see off New Zealand with ease in November, winning 9-3 on aggregate across two legs with Oribe Peralta scoring five, per BBC Sport.

Currently ranked 19th in the world by FIFA, Mexico come into the clash with Portugal on the back of recent convincing wins over Ecuador and Israel in which they scored three goals in each. 

They look to be hitting some form at the right time after their qualifying debacle and should be relatively confident of getting through a group made up of hosts Brazil, along slightly weaker opposition Croatia and Cameroon.

They certainly have a decent recent record when it comes to getting to the knockout rounds:

While not quite as dramatic, Portugal were also forced into a play-off after they came second by one point to Russia in UEFA qualifying Group F. 

Draws with Northern Ireland and Israel were the main issue for Paulo Bento's side, who then had to face Sweden for a spot in the World Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals as his side prevailed 4-2 on aggregate—the second leg ending 3-2 after Zlatan Ibrahimovic's two goals nearly gave Sweden the win—to take their place in Brazil.

Unlike Mexico however, Portugal's recent form is not the best after they were held to a 0-0 draw by fellow World Cup finalists Greece on Saturday, with Ronaldo not in the side. 

The FIFA-ranked third-best team in the world will need to put in a performance against the Mexicans as they face matches against Germany, Ghana and USA in Group G. Momentum will be key if they are to make it out of that group. 


Prediction: Ronaldo unlikely to play. Mexico to continue their good form and win 2-1