There was nothing lucky about Mexico’s remarkable 1-0 win over the world champions Germany in their opening Group F match, with El Tri energetic and hungrier throughout; the question now is whether they can apply the same level of performance to the rest of their games in Russia for the 2018 World Cup. If so, there will be few teams that will be able to live with a set of players that defend so aggressively and counter-attack with such vigour.
Winning in what is likely to be their trickiest group assignment means that Mexico are now in pole position to reach the last-16 for the seventh successive World Cup, though they have never advanced past the quarter-finals. Given that Germany are trying to get their first win against the leaders Sweden, the North Americans have the chance to edge closer to the next stage when they face South Korea on Saturday evening.
Though they always looked dangerous in the final third against Germany, Juan Carlos Osorio will want his side to be more clinical with their chances. Javier Hernandez, their record all-time scorer, was outstanding in the win and will back himself to record his 50th international goal during in this tournament.
South Korea will not be straightforward opponents, though, and although they were defeated by Sweden they also boast quality in attack. Son Heung-min, Tottenham Hotspur’s winger, is his country’s talisman and will threaten Guillermo Ochoa’s goal.
The Asians will also be aware that a defeat is likely to end their tournament early, and they have generally struggled in the competition bar their home tournament of 2002, when they reached the semi-finals.
Tipbet is the place to bet on this match with an impressive 138 markets. Mexico’s explosive start means that their odds for continuing their 100% record have fallen to 1.70, and they are 4.10 to become clinical and score at least three times. Korea are 3.75 to keep a clean sheet, though goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo is likely to be extremely busy. His side are 6.00 to get the three points that would blow Group F wide open – all odds for both the games are here.