Soccer Picks: Canada vs. Mexico Odds & Tips

Nila Amerova

Thursday, July 11, 2013 2:54 PM GMT

Thursday, Jul. 11, 2013 2:54 PM GMT

Mexico has an opportunity to get back on track in CONCACAF GOLD Cup action when they take on Canada in round 2.

Certainly, they are the favourites to win. Will they accomplish the feat or could Canada mastermind the upset at huge money for our soccer picks? Join us as we breakdown this matchup.

Mexico and Canada succumb to shocking defeat in round 1

Mexican football was dealt another blow, a historic blow at that with a defeat to Panama. The recent defeat to Panama in CONCACAF Gold Cup action is just another disappointment in a string of disappointments this year that include World Cup qualifying hits and misses and a disappointing account in Confederations Cup. And it doesn’t seem to matter whether it is the A-squad or B-squad….the doldrums are spreading like an epidemic to the chagrin of Mexican football fans. Blows the mind to think Chepo de la Torre still has a job???

Mexico went into its clash with Panama as the firm favourites to win but they failed to come through for their backers miserably. (Well, miserable might be pushing it.) Now they are under immense pressure to come away with a result against Canada.

When we say result we mean a win because a draw or a defeat would be devastating towards their campaign, forget about the ensuing embarrassment as well given how under-talented the Canadian squad is – that’s a whole different ball game entirely best left alone.

Canada is a young team, a crop of inexperienced players who are participating in a national overhaul and rebuild now that Canada’s World Cup 2014  hopes are well and truly over. Case-and-point: their 1-0 defeat to Martinique, a side that isn’t even a part of FIFA and that boasts semi-professional players on its squad. If that doesn’t show just how far Canada has to go and how much growth and development the team needs in order to be considered a factor, then what does?

It would seem almost inconceivable for Mexico not to take a positive result here. Nothing about Canada’s performance against Martinique suggests Mexico (even their B-squad) should have anything to fear. Certainly, soccer odds makers are confident, sending Mexico as the -300 favourite over Canada listed as the large +900 underdog.

Mexico vs. Canada Predictions and Picks

Granted, confidence has been shaken in the El Tri locker room but facing a weak Canada must be taken as a blessing in disguise. It’s the perfect match for El Tri to work its way back into the competition by seizing the crucial win. When comparing the X’s and O’s between these two teams, Mexico’s B- squad comes up trumps still  – they have the edge in talent and depth. Therefore, we are siding with the bookies here and backing Mexico for the win. Expect, Mexico to be ruthless against Canada and take no mercy on its fledgling squad. Mexico to win both halves at -120 is the favoured result as well as the Over 2.5 game total at – 118.  Canada failed to score against Martinique and as such we doubt they’ll be able to penetrate Mexico’s defenses so backing Mexico to a 2-0 or 3-0 win at +450 or +700, respectively –  we feel Canada’s defense will prove quite porous against Mexico – seems to be the more attractive option.

Soccer Betting Picks: Mexico to win 3-0 at Will Hill

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