The top two teams in Hex face off, with El Tri looking to win on the road for the second time in less than a week.
|Panama (4-4-2): Penedo; Rodriguez, Baloy, Cummings, Parrish; Quintero, Godoy, Barahona, Gomez; Perez, Tejada||
Panama ran out a slightly experimental lineup against Peru but took a 2-1 loss in a friendly on June 1. Not having Felipe Baloy and Blas Perez in the starting side hurt, but both players should be back to face Mexico.
|Mexico (4-1-2-1-2): Corona; Salcido, Reyes, Maza, Meza; Torrado; Barrera, Guardado; dos Santos; De Nigris, Hernandez
Giovani dos Santos did not make the starting team against Jamaica on Tuesday, but that should change for the match against group leader Panama on Friday. There is a position battle going on with the goalkeepers as well, but Jesus Corona's showing against Jamaica should be strong enough for him to keep his starting place in the team.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Mexico's 1-0 win over Jamaica was the team's first victory in 2013, and sent El Tri to the top of the Hex.
- A win for Panama would move it back above Mexico to the top of the group, with Mexico only one point up and having played one more game.
- Panama's last outing in qualifying was a 2-0 win over Honduras, with star strikers Perez and Luis Tejada netting the goals.
- Panama comes into the match with one win and two draws from three matches so far in the Hex.
- Mexico has one win and three draw in the group, but is the only team in the group that has won on the road.