Mexico (0-0-1) vs. England (0-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday June 13, 2015, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Mexico +640 / England -255 -- Over/Under:
England and Mexico meet Saturday afternoon in their second match of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
England is coming off a 1-0 loss to France in its opening match. England just couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end, as it had just one of its three shots on target. England entered this tournament as an offensive juggernaut led by Eniola Aluko and Fara Williams, and it was surprising they could get nothing going at all. Of course, some of it has to do with the fact England controlled the ball just 42 percent of the match and watched France be the aggressors with 16 shot attempts. England is too talented on the offensive end to not get things going, and I expect the playmakers to be a lot more aggressive moving forward. However, England must get off to a fast start to remove some of the pressure of reaching a third straight World Cup quarterfinal.
Mexico blew a big chance to get three points and instead settled for a 1-1 draw against Colombia. Veronica Perez scored on Mexico’s only shot on goal in the first half, but the team couldn’t get anything going after that. Mexico controlled the ball 56 percent of the match but got just one of its eight shots on target. Mexico’s defense allowed seven shots and two on goal, including a late goal to force the draw. One positive moving forward is that Mexico proved it can survive a physical match, as there were a combined 40 fouls and four yellow cards. Mexico does a great job of moving the ball and should have more success on the offensive end. Look for Charlyn Corral and Monica Ocampo to have more of an impact in this tournament if Mexico hopes to advance.
We have two teams that should be very disappointed with the outcome of their opening match. That should create desperate play and could lead to some tightness, which usually means a low scoring game.
Mexico isn't talented or explosive enough to hang with England, a team that can put goals on the board quickly. In a matchup where both teams need a win, I'm going with the far better club. England wins this match.