Denmark vs. Mexico
|Date & Time||Saturday June 9, 2018, 2:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Mex +234 / Den +137 / Draw +219 -- Over/Under: 2
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Denmark and Mexico meet Saturday in International Friendly soccer action in Brøndby, Denmark.
Denmark plays its last friendly before it begins its first World Cup run since 2010, and it will start with an opening match against Peru. Denmark is in great defensive form, as this club has produced three straight shutouts and hasn’t allowed a goal since its 5-1 win over Republic of Ireland back in November. That has to make the Danish Dynamite feel good, as this is a physical, big team that plays its style and makes its opponents uncomfortable. The fact that this style has led to success before the tournament is a good sign in hopes of making it out of the group stages. We’ve seen may teams struggle in friendly matches before the World Cup. Of course, having Christian Eriksen for the offensive firepower doesn’t hurt either, and gives Denmark at least one player who can takeover a match when he’s feeling good.
Mexico is coming off a 1-0 win over Scotland and plays its last friendly match before it begins its World Cup run against Germany. Mexico is obviously a highly experienced team that’s been there done that in most big tournaments, so results of past friendlies shouldn’t bother you if you like this club coming into the tournament. However, there are some issues regarding Hector Herrera and Diego Reyes, two key guys who may or may not be ready to go once the tournament starts. Herrera seems to be dealing with personal issues and Reyes is still battling a hamstring injury and hasn’t played a match in almost a month. El Tri is always capable of rising to the occasion and having Chicharito doesn’t hurt, but there are reasons to be a little worrisome of this club heading into the World Cup.
The last meeting between Denmark and Mexico was a 2013 friendly, which resulted in a 1-1 draw.
Neither of these teams have scored much in past friendly matches, and that’s not changing with Denmark’s style of play. I don’t see Mexico killing itself against the physicality of Denmark to prove a point with a match against powerhouse Germany on deck. You have to be as fresh as possible to top that squad. This is likely going to be a boring contest with little action, both clubs saving themselves for when it matters.
I like a draw.