Mexico-Portugal Betting Preview: Why there should be goals at both ends despite Ronaldo's absence

After picking a winner in Mexico's game earlier this week, Phil Kitromilides explains why he believes neither side will keep a clean sheet early on Saturday morning
Two evenly-matched sides meet as Mexico and Portugal clash in what should be a tight affair.

Both outfits have been in reasonable form, although Mexico lost their last friendly against Bosnia and Portugal (as many before them have been) were held to a goalless draw by Greece.

Interestingly bet365 make the Europeans the favourites at 11/8 (2.37), while Mexico are offered at 2/1 (3.00) in what will feel more like a home match for El Tri given the abundance of Mexicans in the United States keen to support their national side.

The draw is offered at 11/5 (3.20) although backing both teams to score feels like it might be the wisest option here.

It is offered at the healthy price of evens (2.00) and becomes even more appealing when considering the
respective sides' recent scoring form.

Before their almost inevitable stalemate with Greece, Portugal had scored in each of their last 15 fixtures. Despite the absence of talisman Cristiano Ronaldo through injury, the Portuguese have plenty of goalscoring potential going into this clash.

Mexico for their part, lost to Bosnia earlier this week, but have looked dangerous in front of goal and had scored 12 goals in the five games prior to that defeat, so they should have enough firepower to hold up their end of the bargain to land this bet.

This selection allows punters to double their money and with both sides possessing some talented attacking players, backing them both to get on the scoresheet looks extremely logical as both prepare to contest tough groups in Brazil.

Both teams to score at evens (2.00) for a 2.0pt stake with bet365

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