A slew of international friendlies line the leadup to the World Cup and Tuesday sees Mexico taking on a Bosnian side that offers decent value for a win. But a draw looks best here.
International friendlies are usually not the best games to bet for a number of reasons, but when roster spots for the World Cup are up for grabs they do offer some potential.
On Tuesday, Mexico takes on Bosnia at Soldier Field in Chicago at 8:30pm EDT in what will easily be a boisterous home crowd for El Tri.
After a disastrous qualifying campaign that saw the Mexicans get into the World Cup only due to some last-minute help from the Americans, Miguel Herrera's crew is unbeaten in its last seven matches, most of which have been friendlies.
The Mexicans defeated Ecuador and Israel by 3-1 and 3-0 scores, respectively, and they finally appear to have some consistency to their game. They also have beaten Bosnia in their two prior friendlies back in 2011 and 2012.
They come in as favourites, with William Hill pegging them at 2.30 to win in the outright sector, while the halftime/fulltime pick brings that up to 3.60.
A draw pick is listed right now at 3.20, while the draw with both teams scoring is at 4.00. The latter looks attractive.
The Bosnians are coming off a morale-boosting 2-1 win over the Ivory Coast on the weekend and would have had the clean sheet had Didier Drogba not netted in the final minute of that match.
The visitors are 1-2 in three friendlies since they finished in top spot in their European qualifying group, with losses coming to Argentina and Egypt. They are offered at 3.20 for the win and an appealing 2.20 for the draw no bet selection.
Consider the both teams to score pick at 1.73 and the over 2.5 total goals at 2.05. The last three Mexican games have cracked that amount, and with the in-form Edin Dzeko in the lineup for Bosnia this looks promising.