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Portugal v Mexico predictions, betting tips & match preview: European champions to open Confederations Cup with win

Leigh Copson 18 Jun 2017
  • Portugal v Mexico kicks off at 16:00 BST on Sunday
  • Get free betting tips & predictions for this Confederations Cup match
Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Portugal v Mexico predictions for Sunday’s FIFA Confederations Cup match. Will Portugal make a winning start to the tournament or can Mexico get the better of the European champions? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

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After years of underwhelming at major international tournaments, Portugal finally came good last summer when they were crowned European champions in France. It was hardly vintage stuff from them as they won just one game in 90 minutes – drawing all three of their group games before winning one knockout tie on penalties and two in extra time – but they go the job done when Eder bagged a 109th-minute winner in the final against France and they have been in good form since.

Having mis-fired in their opening World Cup qualifier, losing 2-0 in Switzerland, Portugal kick-started their campaign with a 6-0 demolition of Andorra and they have been in devastating form ever since, winning their next five qualifiers and scoring at least three goals each time. In fact, since that loss to Switzerland they have scored 22 goals and conceded just one in qualifying to keep the pressure on the Swiss, and they go into this match with Mexico on the back of a convincing 3-0 win in Latvia.

Confidence in the camp is high and it will need to be because Mexico will be no pushovers. They are closing in on a spot in next summer’s World Cup following a draw with the United States at the start of the week, and Juan Carlos Osorio’s side have now lost only one of their last 13 internationa matches – a solid run that includes wins over the Republic of Ireland and the Americans. However, Portugal are step up in calibre from the teams they have been facing and that should be telling here as they lose to the European champions in this group clash.

And of course, you have to like Cristiano Ronaldo’s chances of finding the back of the net in Sunday evening’s Confederations Cup match. The Portuguese has been simply devastating for club and country in the past few months, scoring two goals in Real Madrid’s Champions League Final win over Juventus while producing multiple-goal performances in seven of his 10 appearances for the Spanish and European champions.

And on the international front, Ronaldo has been equally impressive. His double against Latvia last week made it six straight goal-scoring appearances for Portugal and he has now rattled in a staggering 12 goals in that time. In that sort of form there is no way I can overlook Ronaldo in the goals-scoring markets for Sunday’s match and at 21/20 he is great value to score anytime against Mexico.

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  • Portugal have lost only two of their last 17 international matches
  • Portugal have scored 22 goals and conceded just one in their last six competitive fixtures
  • Mexico have lost only one of their last 13 international games
  • Portugal have never lost an international match against Mexico, winning two and drawing one
  • Portugal have won each of their last two matches against Mexico
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in each of his last six appearances for Portugal
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has netted 12 goals in his last six outings for the national team

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