Mexico World Cup 2014 betting: odds to win Group A

Hagen Hopkins

Mexico should battle Croatia for second place in Group A. But they are 150-1 long shots in World Cup 2014 betting.

Mexico has a solid squad that has some world-class talent and emerging talent, but they looked far from solid in qualifying.

They are not in the toughest group, but do face host Brazil and overall they have the third best betting odds to win Group A.

Javier Hernandez from Manchester United is a good striker that leads the Mexican attack, but defense may be the issue this summer.

In the last five World Cup tournaments Mexico has advanced out of the group stage and every time went on to lose their next match.

Mexico Odds to win World Cup 2014: +1500
Mexico Odds to win Group A: +800

One main weakness of the squad is their inability to come back when going down, which may hurt them facing Brazil and Croatia in group play. When they were down in the CONCACAF qualifying process they had zero points after being down in a match.

Still, the talent is there up front and in the midfield and it would not be a shock if Mexico advanced to the round of 16 for a sixth straight World Cup.

In their first two friendly matches after qualifying for Brazil, they beat a couple of good squads in Ivory Coast and Korea Republic and played to a draw in their last two.

World Cup Prediction for Mexico

Mexico is in Group A with Brazil, Croatia, and Cameroon, who they face in the opening match. They will take three points away from that match, but no more.

They have no chance against Brazil and Croatia should find a way to score with their creative and attacking midfield. They did beat Brazil in the 2012 Olympic final, but that will not matter this summer, as Mexico will not advance past the group stage.

How Mexico got to the World Cup

The road to Brazil was far from easy for Mexico, as they fired a few head coaches along the way and in their CONCACAF qualifying they only won two of their 10 matches.

Overall, their record was two wins, three losses, and five draws. They were lucky to make it to an intercontinental tie facing New Zealand, which they crushed 9-3 on aggregate.

Honduras, United States, and Costa Rica all are from CONCACAF and, facing those teams in qualifying, Mexico did not win one match.

World Cup Qualifying Results

07/02/13 Mexico 0 - 0 Jamaica

22/03/13 Honduras 2 - 2 Mexico

27/03/13 Mexico       0 - 0 United States

05/06/13 Jamaica     0 - 1 Mexico

08/06/13 Panama    0 - 0 Mexico

12/06/13 Mexico 0 - 0 Costa Rica

07/09/13 Mexico 1 - 2 Honduras

11/09/13 United States 2 - 0 Mexico

12/10/13 Mexico 2 - 1 Panama

16/10/13 Costa Rica 2 - 1 Mexico

13/11/13 Mexico 5 - 1 New Zealand

20/11/13 New Zealand 2 - 4 Mexico

World Cup Group Play Schedule

13/06/14 Mexico vs. Cameroon -   Estadio das Dunas

17/06/14 Brazil vs. Mexico - Estadio Castelão

23/06/14 Croatia vs. Mexico - Arena Pernambuco

Team Key Players

Javier Hernandez FW Manchester United - He is the best player for the Mexican squad and a solid attacker that leads the offensive attack. In 57 caps he has 35 goals.

Giovani dos Santos MF Villarreal - Attacking midfielder that also must play solid defense and ball control, especially facing Brazil and Croatia.

Oribe Peralta FW Santos Laguna - Another young and gifted attacker that will have to play well with Hernandez up front this summer.

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