Mexico vs South Korea Prediction, Odds & Picks
- South Korea will be missing vital defensive players this weekend
- Mexico will be able to rely on some world-class attacking stars that could single-handedly claim a victory
- On the sidelines, there have been few complaints about Mexico’s (so far) successful run under their current manager
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Mexico vs South Korea Predictions and Picks
This should be an intriguing stress test for South Korea. Up against a side like Mexico that are eyeing a potential place in the top 10 of FIFA’s rankings, it’s going to be challenging for the 2002 World Cup co-hosts to even earn a tie here.
Mexico deservedly has the advantage, and with the news that South Korea will be without some key figures in defense, that advantage has grown even more ahead of Saturday’s game.
South Korea could potentially inflict some damage through a player such as Son Heung-min in the XI, but at the end of the full 90 minutes, expect Mexico to walk away from the weekend with a win.
Mexico for the victory (+110)
How to Watch Mexico vs South Korea
|Mexico vs South Korea Information|
|What||Mexico vs South Korea|
|Where||Stadion Wiener Neustadt (Wiener Neustadt, Austria)|
|When||Saturday, November 14th at 3:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Univision, TUDN|
Realistically speaking, the most likely way that South Korea could halt Mexico’s run towards a win this Saturday is if the North American squad decides to send out a starting roster dominated by backups. Although there is a chance of that happening, some of the latest reports have shown that Mexico manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino has fielded an XI during training that utilizes most of his marquee players.
That’s a lot of firepowers that South Korea will have a difficult time holding back. Although both teams will be playing at a neutral venue, what makes things even more problematic for South Korea is the fact that they will be heading into the weekend’s friendly with a few setbacks…
South Korea Will Be Missing Crucial Players In Defense
We’ll let South Korean soccer expert Steve Han explain this one. Late last week, Han mentioned through a tweet online that the national team was “…now without their top two LBs.” One day later, Han also mentioned in another tweet that South Korea would be “…missing their first choices across their back four with Kim Min-jae, Kim Young-Gwon, Lee Yong and Kim Jin-su out.”
That’s not good news for their squad. South Korea is now defensively vulnerable and keeping in mind who they’ll be facing, things could get ugly real quick if Martino throws on his best options for Mexico from the starting whistle.
Mexico Can Rely On World-Class Figures In Their Frontline
Despite the fact that it’s possible to find weaknesses and question marks in parts of Mexico’s setup, one thing is for sure: Their top attacking players in the frontline are world-class.
Let’s start with Hirving “Chucky” Lozano. Pacey, clever and with four goals in his six Serie A games for Napoli this season, the winger is a menace that could challenge any type of defense from the left or right flank.
On the other end of the attack is Jesus “Tecatito” Corona. The Porto winger — who is arguably one of the best dribblers in the world — couples his technical abilities with a risk-taking and near reckless approach that consistently leaves defenders three to four steps behind him.
Finally, there’s Raul Jimenez as number nine. Already a well-established name through his exploits with Wolves in the English Premier League, the striker is an elite player that has the stamina and well-roundedness to perfectly complete Mexico’s attack.
If two of the aforementioned three are starting, that’s going to be difficult for South Korea to gain at least a draw. If all three are starting? Well, there would be no reason why Mexico shouldn’t get a one-sided win.
Things Are Pointing In The Right Direction For Mexico’s Manager
Most importantly for Mexico, there seems to be a clear and concise framework from Martino on the sidelines. Through an attack-minded 4-3-3 formation, the Argentine coach has done an immaculate job of seamlessly working a number of different players into his system.
And it works.
In his last 20 games, Mexico has just one loss. The attack has consistently been dynamic, and in spite of a few defensive slip-ups, Martino’s pressing approach has frequently led to Mexico creating enough goalscoring chances that compensate for any potential issues.
His players have bought into his system and nearly all of the games that he has been involved in since 2019 have ended in a win. With an eye on another move up the FIFA rankings chart, Martino should be more than prepared to guide his players to another proactive and aggressive match that ends in a victory for Mexico.
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Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast. Email: [email protected]