Mexico - Switzerland Betting Preview: Back another clean sheet and a Giovani dos Santos-inspired win

All four teams in Group B of the men's football tournament can still qualify, but Adam Bate expects Luis Tena's side to win this one comfortably
Mexico go into their final 2012 London Olympics group game against Switzerland knowing that if they avoid defeat they will take their place in the quarter-finals.

That is a strong position to be in given El Tricolor's solid displays so far in the tournament; Japan are the only other team in the competition yet to concede a goal.

Part of the reason for that is that coach Luis Tena chose his over-age players with clean sheets in mind – adding 31-year-old goalkeeper-captain Jose Corona and 32-year-old former Fulham defender Carlos Salcido.

It has reaped benefits thus far and Mexico are a 26/25 (2.04) pick with Panbet to complete their Group B fixtures in style with another three points.

Things look a little tougher for Switzerland. They need to beat the Mexicans by two clear goals to be certain of winning through to the quarter-finals.

A draw with Gabon and a defeat to South Korea has given little indication that this is within their grasp, but seven of the starting XI in the last game were full internationals and there is potential.

Switzerland will have to be positive and they are 63/20 (4.15) for that to reap dividends with a win. The draw is available at 12/5 (3.4) with Panbet.

In the goalscorer markets, it is surely time for Giovani dos Santos to be handed a start by Tena.

The Tottenham player has been introduced as a substitute in each of the first two games and he made a stunning impact against Gabon with a second-half brace.

Dos Santos has been Mexico's only goalscorer so far and is 6/1 (7.0) with Panbet to net first in this one. That is the value bet in this game.

Even if Dos Santos cannot find a goal, then you would back Mexico to find a way through. They have two clean sheets so far and the Swiss have conceded in both of their games.

As a result, the pick of the bets here is to back Mexico to win to nil at 51/20 (3.55) with Panbet.

Mexico to win to nil at 51/20 (3.55) with Panbet
 Giovani dos Santos to score first at 6/1 (7.00) with Panbet

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