Mexico and Sweden are both poised for a gritty battle to see who will take top spot in Group F in a match with massive implications. Many underdog teams and outside threats are taking their chances to succeed in Russia 2018; Group F has provided two teams thriving on their underdog status and relishing the chance to make the round of 16.
For Mexico it is all about two guys – the veteran Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, and youngster Hirving Lozano. Chicharito boasts the been there, done that status of his 102 international caps, and the clinical-ness of his 50 goals for his country. Lozano scored the only goal in the first game upset win over Germany. Look for these two players to create an impressive strike force against the Swedes.
For Sweden its is about rock solid defense between Granqvist, Lindelof, midfield control in the hands of Emil Forsberg, and target-man finishing from Ola Toivonen. If the Swedish team can flow from defense through to their tall centre forward they could trouble the Mexican defense who have looked strong.
Nearly too close to call, a draw would incite the most chaos as it would force Germany to have to win their game against South Korea.