Reigning champions Mexico take on Guatemala on Wednesday as Group A action continues at the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup.
Neither country triumphed during their tournament openers - leaving the group’s top spot open for grabs - with Guatemala a late addition to the tournament after Curacao pulled out after struggling to contain a Covid-19 outbreak.
Possibly unprepared, the Central American nation struggled in their 2021 debut match against El Salvador, losing 2-0 after managing only one shot on target during the entire 90 minutes. Reigning champions Mexico, on the other hand, recorded 30 shots against Trinidad and Tobago but still could not get the ball past the goalkeeper before the whistle called the 0-0 draw. Both nations will look to pick up their first win of the tournament on Wednesday.
Here’s everything you need to know about the match…
What TV channel is Mexico vs. Guatemala on?
When is kick off? Wednesday July 14, 9:30 pm (ET), Thursday July 15, 2:30 am (GMT+1)
Where is the match being played? Cotton Bowl, Dallas
What TV channel is it on? Fox Sports 1 (US), Univision (US), Premier Sports (UK)
What live stream is it on? TUDN app, Univision NOW, Fox Sports app
Mexico team news
Despite the result against Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico will look to remind competing nations that they continue to stand as the tournament’s powerhouse.
Hector Herrera will take charge on the pitch once again after providing a strong, yet unfulfilling offensive performance on Saturday, but El Tri will be without fan favorite Hirving Lozano after the winger suffered a major head injury that ruled him out for the rest of the tournament.
The Mexican federation say he will require more tests and plastic surgery to his left eyebrow before returning to the pitch in four to six weeks. LA Galaxy’s Efrain Alvarez could replace him.
Guatemala team news
Though Guatemala suffered a 2-0 loss against El Salvador, the result does not accurately reflect the Central American nation’s efforts on the field.
Guatemala held off 80 minutes without a goal, surprising audiences on their tournament debut. The nation reports no new injuries, and will enter the match with a full roster. Goalkeeper Nicholas Hagen will look to be the standout figure once again in order to keep an offensive Mexican side at bay.
Mexico: Talavera; Rodriguez, Salcedo, Moreno, Gallardo; Alvarez, Herrera, Gutierrez; Corona, Funes Mori, Pulido
Guatemala: Hagen; Hernandez, Pinto, Gordillo; Robles, Dominguez, Aparicio, Concua; Arreola, Martinez, Betancourth
Mexico vs. Guatemala head to head record
Mexico holds the competitive edge against Guatemala, having won 22 matches out of a total 41 clashes.
The Central American nation has registered only six wins, with 13 ending in a draw. The two last met in September during an international friendly where Mexico easily won 3-0. Guatemala have struggled in their last five meetings, losing three and drawing two.
Mexico enters the match as favorites, looking to relieve the offensive frustration that occurred against Trinidad and Tobago. Guatemala might thrive defensively, but will likely struggle to find their way past the Mexican backline.
Prediction: Mexico 3-0 Guatemala