If the Mexico side that recently clinched the CONCACAF Gold Cup was turning up for the Copa America then they’d certainly be capable of making an impact but as it is they have left out most of their senior figures, arriving in Argentina with a squad made up largely of players aged under 22 and they have been further depleted by the suspension of eight of their party for bringing women back to the team hotel after a friendly in Ecuador.
Their ability to be truly competitive in the competition has to be called in to question then and it’s almost impossible to see anything other than a defeat for Luis Fernando Tena’s side as they come up against Chile in San Juan.
Bookies and punters however have cottoned on to Mexico’s weakened line-up and as a result, the Chileans have been well backed and are now just 1/2 at best with Stan James. Nevertheless, even at that price, Claudio Borghi’s troops are worth an interest especially as they have Barcelona-bound attacking star Alexis Sanchez in their ranks.
The striker enjoyed a tremendous season with Udinese and is a chunky 11/8 with to show just what he is capable of by finding the net at some stage in this one.
Meanwhile, although a mauling for Mexico isn’t on the cards, Chile can still come out on top fairly comfortably and Paddy Power post 7/5 against them in the handicaps, where they give away a goal start.
Alexis Sanchez to score at any time – 11/8 ()
Chile (-1) to beat Mexico – 7/5 (Paddy Power)