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  • 2 August 2012
  • • 02:00
  • • Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (Caerdydd)
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Mexico - Switzerland Preview: El Tricolor need just a draw to secure qualification

Mexico - Switzerland Preview: El Tricolor need just a draw to secure qualification

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LuisTena's men require a solitary point to ensure their progression into the quarter-finals while the Swiss must go for all three points if they are to qualify

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

MEXICO

Corona
Salcido, Mier, Chavez, Reyes
Vidrio, Ponce, Herrera, Aquino
Peralta, Dos Santos
SWITZERLAND

Benaglio
Klose, Rodriguez, Schar, Affolter

Frei, Zubar, Buff, Abrashi
Mehmedi, Emeghera

Mexico appear to have no injury concerns ahead of their final group game, but Giovani dos Santos’ two goals against Gabon should see him start ahead of the ineffectual Marco Fabian.

Switzerland will be without Michel Morganella following his expulsion from the squad for using racist language targeted at Group B opponents South Korea on social networking site Twitter, with Francois Affolter likely to come in to deputise. Oliver Buff could also return to midfield after serving his one-match suspension.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Despite this being their 10th Olympic games Mexico are yet to claim a medal for football.
  • A medal at London 2012 would see El Tricolor become the first Concacaf representative to win one.
  • Giovanni dos Santos is the only player in Mexico’s 18-man squad based outside of the country, in contrast only eight of the Swiss squad are based in their native league.
  • Mexico’s most-capped player at the tournament, Carlos Salcido, had a spell with Premier League side Fulham, who have Swiss midfielder Pajtim Kasami currently on their books.
  • Switzerland’s only Olympic football medal came in 1924, a silver, following a 3-0 defeat to Uruguay in the final.
  • This is only the third time Switzerland have qualified for the Olympic football competition.
  • Switzerland coach Pierluigi Tami is assistant manager to Otmar Hitzfeld for the nation’s senior side.
  • Second-choice goalkeeper Benjamin Siegist is currently contracted to Premier League side Aston Villa.

Players to watch

G. dos Santos

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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F. Frei

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Mexico U23

Switzerland U23

Wins
1
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Mexico U23 MEX
Mexico U23 Mexico U23
Draw
Switzerland Under 23 SWI
Switzerland Under 23 Switzerland U23
85%

Top 3 Predictions

Mexico U23 MEX
2 - 0
Switzerland Under 23 SWI
Mexico U23 MEX
2 - 1
Switzerland Under 23 SWI
Mexico U23 MEX
3 - 1
Switzerland Under 23 SWI

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