Drawn in a group alongside hosts Brazil, Mexico and Cameroon might well have thought that they’ll be battling for second spot with Croatia and with that in mind the pair will both be feeling that their showdown in Natal is a must-win encounter, or at least a match they can’t afford to lose.
The latter is set to prove popular but despite both teams struggling in qualification, it’s Miguel Herrera’s side that looks the better prepared here.
Nevertheless, it’s a contest that doesn’t promise goals, William Hill’s 13/8 about a tally of fewer than 1.5 catching the eye and it would be no surprise if Mexico managed the only one (11/2, Ladbrokes).
Also at 11/2, this time courtesy of bet365, is an opening strike from highly-rated front man Oribe Peralta. The Club America new boy is the chief goal threat for the Mexicans and can start as he means to go on in this encounter.
Oribe Peralta to score first – 11/2 (bet365)