Mexico will take on Paraguay at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, in an international friendly match on Wednesday.
Mexico have won two of their past five games and will be looking to add to their tally that was boosted in last Friday’s match against Chile, where they got a 3-1 victory.
Paraguay on the other hand, have lost four of their past five matches and will be seeking to redeem themselves in the much-anticipated match.
In their last meeting, Mexico won the match 2-1.
Player mentality could win out
The last win against Chile might have boosted Gerardo “Tata” Martino’s team winning mentality, hence they will be going to the field with high hopes of carrying the day.
This will give them an upper hand over their rivals who have been on a losing streak.
Eduardo Berizzo’s side lost 1-0 against Peru in a dramatic match last Friday.
Martino seeking to continue on a winning streak
Goals from Raul Jimenez, Hirving Lozano and Hector Moreno on Friday were a great start for Martino who joined the South American team from MLS side Atlanta United in January.
His thirst for more goals could push him to come out with his A-game in order to prove to his fans that he is equal to the task and a right fit for the job.
However, Berizzo’s side will not go down easy as they are expected to give their rivals a tough 90 minutes.
Change in tack is key
Last Friday’s win against Chile could not have come at a better time, but the overall performance of Mexico was riddled with a number of shortcomings.
The ball distribution in the midfield and attack seemed inaccurate and their passing left a lot to be desired.
Their easily penetrable defense could also give their opponents an opportunity to cause trouble, hence Martino will need to change his approach including making some changes in the first 11.
History gives Mexico an upper hand to win
The history between the two teams places Mexico slightly above their opponents.
Mexico has won four times in the past five matches against Paraguay hence could easily clinch another win on Wednesday’s clash.
Despite what the odds or history depicts, the clash between Mexico and Paraguay is expected to be tough and highly competitive for both sides. Before the referee blows the final whistle the friendly match might surely end in an ‘unfriendly’ manner for either side.