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Mexico squad

Goalkeepers: Jose de Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)

Defenders: Miguel Layun (America), Carlos Salcido (Tigres), Paul Aguilar (America), Andres Guardado (Bayer Leverkusen), Hector Moreno (Espanyol), Francisco Javier Rodriguez (America), Diego Reyes (Porto), Rafael Marquez (Leon).

Midfielders: Miguel Angel Ponce (Toluca), Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon), Javier Aquino (Villarreal), Hector Herrera (Porto), Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Marco Fabian (Cruz Azul), Carlos Pena (Leon).

Forwards: Oribe Peralta (Santos), Javier Hernandez (Manchester United), Giovani dos Santos (Villarreal), Raul Jimenez (America), Alan Pulido (Tigres).

Fixtures

13th June v Cameroon (Natal)

17th June v Brasil (Fortaleza)

23rd June v Croatia (Recife)

Strengths

The Mexicans posses good technical ability and speed. Boss Miguel Herrera has overseen a mini-revival since his takeover, providing tactical discipline and motivation. They go to Brazil under no pressure, which could play to their favour.

Weaknesses

A slow defence and a midfield lacking in physical presence, they could struggle against stronger sides. They struggled in qualifying and the team has had little time to gel under Herrera.

Key Player

Oribe Peralta. The Santos Laguna forward helped Mexico to Olympic gold in 2012. He looks sharp and has considerably more playing time that Chicharito.

Prediction

They could be in a battle for second place with Croatia but most likely to fall short. Third in the group seems like a sensible bet.

Odds

150/1

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