Mexico vs. Russia: 2017 Confederations Cup Live Stream, Schedule and Prediction

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2017

Russia's Denis Glushakov eyes the ball during the Confederations, Cup Group A soccer match between Russia and New Zealand, at the St.Petersburg stadium in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, June 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Dmitri Lovetsky/Associated Press

Mexico will meet host nation Russia with qualification on the line in the FIFA 2017 Confederations Cup at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on Saturday.

Russia are still in the mix, despite losing to Portugal on Wednesday. El Tri are level on points with the Portuguese at the top of Group A, but they have yet to truly click through two matches.

Before a preview and prediction, here are the schedule and viewing details: 

Date: Saturday, June 24

Time: 4 p.m. BST. 11 a.m. ET.

TV Info: ITV 4, Fox Sports 1.

Live Stream: ITV Hub. Fox Sports Go.

         

Preview

Mexico won their last match, beating New Zealand 2-1 on Wednesday, despite putting key attackers Javier Hernandez and Carlos Vela on the bench. Yet it was the introduction of another substitute, FC Porto schemer Hector Herrera, that turned the match in El Tri's favour.

Herrera changed the game against New Zealand.
Herrera changed the game against New Zealand.Thanassis Stavrakis/Associated Press
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The 27-year-old deep-lying playmaker transformed the pace of Mexico's passing, exploiting the angles to put his team on the front foot against a disciplined and resilient Kiwis side.

Herrera's introduction summed up the kind of quality manager Juan Carlos Osorio can all on. Aside from the Porto ace, Andres Guardado is also a creative influence in the middle, while Jonathan dos Santos can thrive between the midfield and forward lines.

Midfield strength is also a feature of the hosts' squad. Aleksandr Golovin is a classy technician, while Denis Glushakov knows where the goal is. Even so, the undoubted jewel of this team is forward Fedor Smolov.

The 27-year-old scored 23 times in all competitions for FC Krasnodar this past season, per WhoScored.com. Smolov, Glushakov and Golovin could exploit a Mexico defence breached three times through three matches.

Smolov is Russia's focal point in attack.
Smolov is Russia's focal point in attack.Pavel Golovkin/Associated Press

Still, Mexicohave more strength in depth, and they should make a more talented squad count.

Prediction: Mexico 2-1 Russia