Mexico vs Sweden
Mexico and Sweden will play a massive game in Ekaterinburg, which will decide the faith for both teams. To explain the circumstances in short, a victory is the only desired outcome for Sweden - or else the journey is over. For Mexico, a victory or a draw will be enough.
Sweden began with a victory against South Korea after a penalty. The performance was poor in general but the result is what mattered. It was not easier against Germany, where the Swedes managed to complete 6 passes in 15 minutes of play and only focused on defending.
Germany took full charge, but it was Ola Toivonen who put Sweden ahead before halftime. You could argue that it was not deserved but Sweden played according to their strenghts. The Germans came out firing in the second half and turned the game around with the last kick of the game by Toni Kroos.
Swedens coach, Janne Andersson admitted that it was the toughest time of his life as a coach. Players locked themselves in the locker room, and gave interviews in tears after the brutal end.
The challenge is to mentally prepare for direct decider against Mexico. The Mexicans have won both their matches and need a point to fully secure qualification.
Comparing Mexico to Sweden, it is two different playing styles. However, Sweden must open themselves up in order to win and get out of their comfort zone. It is not a secret that Scandinavian teams focus on being organized primarily. Offense is secondary.
This time, they have to swap orders. Mexico will not be desperate but would not mind the first goal to secure their future. They are incredibly quick on the counter and possess more threat than Sweden.
I expect very few goals. Neither side can afford a hectic back and forth match identity. The under 2.5 goals looks like a superb selection at an enticing price.
Mexico vs Sweden prediction
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.72 with Pinnacle