Mexico vs. Uruguay
|Date & Time||Sunday June 5, 2016, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Mexico +160 / Uruguay +185 -- Over/Under: 2
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Uruguay and Mexico square off Sunday night in Copa America at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Uruguay is certainly no stranger to this tournament as it’s been a key club back when it was referred to as the South American Championship. Uruguay will likely be without Barcelona star Luis Suarez for the beginning of the tournament due to injury but could return if the team gets past the group stages. Even without him in the meantime, Edinson Cavani has proven to be quite reliable and will help control the midfield while also finding the back of the net. Uruguay also has to be confident in its defense with Fernando Muslera at goalie and Diego Godin anchoring the rest of that side of the field. It’s no secret that Uruguay still has a lot of talent in place and should be able to advance past group C with or without Suarez.
Mexico plays in the Copa America for the 10th time and is still looking to win its first ever title. Mexico will have a decent chance to change that, as this is easily one of the better and deeper teams we’ve seen from El Tri. Javier Hernandez is always to find the back of the net with 44 goals while Andras Guardado and Oribe Peralta are two other Mexicans with more than 20 international goals. Defensively, Guillermo Ochoa has proven to be a big match goalie who comes away with impressive saves and Paul Aguilar helps anchor the backline. Mexico is deep, experienced and as balanced as we’ve seen, as it can push the issue offensively while also grinding it out on the defensive end. Mexico is capable of putting a legit scare in any team in this tournament.
This match should be very entertaining as both clubs are loaded with talent and have experienced a lot of success in the big stage. However, not having Suarez will hurt Uruguay, especially against a team as balanced as Mexico. I’m high on El Tri entering this tournament.
Give me Mexico for the victory.