In preparation for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Mexico’s national team will face its Nigerian counterpart this Saturday, July 3, at 22:30 E.T., precisely seven days before its presentation in the North, Central American, and Caribbean competition. Gerardo Martino’s Mexican national team continues with its preparation for the 2021 Gold Cup; recently, the Tricolor arrives in this duel after a 0-0 friendly draw against Honduras and, before that, was defeated by Gregg Berhalter’s team in the final of the Concacaf Nations League, 3-2. The Nigerian national team comes from a 0-0 friendly draw with Cameroon and will try to qualify for Qatar 2022, in which it will debut against Liberia in September. This match will be broadcast on TV, Azteca, and TUDN.
Here are five key facts about the friendly match between Mexico vs. Nigeria this Saturday:
- The Nigerian national team starts the World Cup qualifiers in September, so they are not in a competitive rhythm.
- The Mexican national team is coming off three goals to nil win over Panama.
- Mexico played against Nigeria in 2014 in a match that ended in a dull 0-0 draw, which served to begin the team’s preparation for the World Cup in Brazil.
- The Nigerian team is coming from a 0-0 draw against Cameroon.
- In the last three games between the two, Mexico scored 6 goals and conceded 2, while Nigeria scored 3 goals and conceded only 1 goal.
Here are the best plays from the last match between the two teams: (Video courtesy of: raphaelsoccerMX).
Next, we will review how the teams are coming into this Saturday’s match:
How Mexico arrives
Tata Martino’s team is coming off a 3-0 win over Panama in a friendly match that could restore the team’s confidence. The first goal was scored by Diego Lainez, the second by César Montes, and the third by América striker Henry Martín, designated to go to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and accompany the U-23 national team.
How Nigeria arrives
Nigeria still has to play a good part in the African qualifiers to reach the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The team’s last match was a draw against Cameroon, one of the teams usually at the top of the African qualifiers. In September, the Nigerians will play their first official match of the year against Liberia, so this friendly against Mexico could be an excellent measure to analyze the level of their national team after such a long time without playing.
- Moneyline: -416 – Mexico +942 – Nigeria
- Goals: -11/2 (-125) +11/2 (-109)