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Mexico will be taking on Uruguay at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday, June 5th as both teams open their Copa America tournament. The two nations are the favorites to advance from Group C, which also features Jamaica and Venezuela. Many fans feel Mexico has a huge advantage in this group due to the country’s proximity to the U.S. and there should be thousands of the team’s fans on hand at each one of their games. In addition, Uruguay’s top striker Luis Suarez of Barcelona is expected to be missing from action in this game due to injury.
Copa America – Mexico vs Uruguay – 5Dimes Soccer Betting Line:
- Money Line: 5Dimes currently lists Mexico as the close favorites at +160 with Uruguay +207 and a draw at +222
- Total Goals: Over 2 -126, Under 2 +111
Copa America – Mexico vs Uruguay – Head to Head:
- These two teams have met 19 times in the past with Mexico winning seven, losing five and drawing the other seven. The last time they met in a Copa America tournament was back in July of 2011 with Uruguay taking all three points with a 1-0 victory. Uruguay has won the past two meetings by a score of 1-0. The teams each have to wins, two losses and a draw in their past five encounters.
Mexico, who is ranked 16th in the world by FIFA, has a perfect record since Juan Carlos Osorio took over as manager and the squad hasn’t allowed a goal against in eight games. But even if Uruguay is without Suarez they still have another world class striker in Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint Germain as well as Abel Hernandez of England’s Hull City. Mexico won a pair of pre-tournament games and didn’t allow a goal, but only managed to score twice themselves. The team needs to get its attack going if it hopes to succeed at the tournament and can’t afford to drop three points off the bat to Uruguay.
The main threats for Mexico are striker Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez of German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen along with Andres Guardado and Jesus Corona. Mexico has a strong defense and a capable midfield along with good young prospects such as 23-year-old Jurgen Dam and 20-year-old Hirving Lozano. But if Hernandez has trouble finding the back of the net, then Mexico could find themselves in trouble. His 17 goals in the Bundesliga ranked fourth in the league, but it’s still not a great total. Mexico is currently riding an eight match winning streak and is unbeaten in 12 with eight wins and four draws. They’ve outscored the opposition 15-0 in those eight victories, but are winless in their past six Copa America encounters dating back to 2007.
Uruguay, who is currently ranked number nine in the world by FIFA, boasts better attacking talent than Mexico even if Suarez and his 40 goals in club play this season isn’t able to play. This means there will be a lot of weight on Cavani’s shoulders, but he didn’t have the best of season’s after leaving Italian side Napoli for Paris Saint Germain. The team also has some good veteran players in defenders Maxi Pereira and Diego Godin and is in good form with six wins in their past seven outings. The nation has won the Copa America a record 15 times with their last triumph coming in 2011.