Mexico has made it to the round of 16 in every World Cup since 1990, and they are the betting favorite in their group opener facing Cameroon.
While the African nation only has one win in four World Cups since shocking the world and beating Argentina in the 1990 World Cup opening match, they are poised for another shock in their group opener in Brazil.
While Cameroon is the betting underdog facing Mexico on Friday, they match up well against them and present excellent wagering value.
Sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com had Mexico posted at 5-4 odds with Cameroon at roughly 3-1. The draw line was around 9-4 earlier on Friday.
Which Cameroon squad will show up in this match? The one that was crushed 5-1 by Portugal in a friendly earlier this year or the one that played to a solid 2-2 draw facing Germany this month?
Mexico boasts a good offense and a star in striker Javier Hernandez, but he may start this match on the bench, as he has not been in good form. Oribe Peralta and Giovani Dos Santos are still solid upfront, but with Hernandez struggling, Mexico is not nearly as strong on the attack.
While Mexico has played two solid squads, which are both playing in Brazil, in their last two World Cup tuneup matches, they have lost 1-0 both times to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Portugal.
Cameroon has the worst betting odds to win a tough Group A, which also features Croatia and host Brazil, but they match up relatively well with Mexico. Barcelona midfielder Alex Song leads the midfield and Chelsea’s Samuel Eto'o will give the Mexico defense problems.
The Mexican squad (a 100-1 long shot to win the tournament) has a good wing attack, but that will lead to counterattack opportunities for Cameroon.
Cameroon does not have a ton of world-class talent, but they are a very physical squad that may give Mexico problems, especially in the midfield.
Charles Itandje has been up and down in the goal for Cameroon, but he has a decent defense in front of him which can thwart the Mexican attack.
Both of these squads really need the three points here, as each face a likely loss against Brazil in group play. They also face tough Croatia.
Cameroon, currently 500-1 to win the World Cup, can score an upset and beat Mexico taking three points in a low-scoring match.
Mexico vs. Cameroon Prediction: 1-0 Cameroon