The final round of fixtures in Group C take place on Wednesday, and both Saudi Arabia and Mexico come into the final matchday with a chance of reaching the round of 16. However, if either side is likely to progress, they will likely need to pick up a victory in their final fixture.
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It has been a World Cup full of shock results, but Saudi Arabia reaching the round of 16 could potentially be one of the biggest. They were written off by many before the start of the competition, which only heightened the expectation that they would be swatted aside by Argentina. However, the Asian nation were excellent in that opening fixture, as they battled back to claim a memorable 2-1 win against the Copa America champions.
But, they weren’t able to continue that fine run of form in their second fixture, as they were made to pay for missed chances. Poland claimed a 2-0 win in the following match, which means that Saudi Arabia will need to pick up a positive result in this third group stage game if they are to reach the round of 16.
Mexico have easily been one of the most disappointing teams at the World Cup this year, and their record of having reached the round of 16 in each of the previous seven tournaments is looking under increasing threat. Mexico is yet to pick up a victory at the World Cup this year, while they could also fail to score a goal in a single edition of the World Cup for the first time in their history.
They were held by Poland in their opening fixture, before they lost 2-0 against Argentina in their following match. However, they could yet qualify for the next round. In order to do so, they must beat Saudi Arabia and hope Poland beat Argentina.
Saudi Arabia vs Mexico Head to Head
Mexico and Saudi Arabia have clashed on five previous occasions. Mexico are unbeaten in all previous meetings against their Group C rivals, having recorded four wins and a draw.
Saudi Arabia vs Mexico Prediction
This is a wide-open fixture, but it should be very entertaining given that both nations need to win to keep their hopes of progression alive. However, we have been impressed by Saudi Arabia’s attacking qualities to this point, and that could give them the edge on Wednesday.
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