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Mexico U20s vs Japan U20s: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

9:45 pm AEST 26/5/19
Diego Lainez Mexico
Having lost their opener, El Tri are in a fight to ensure their place in the knockout stage and they need a win to boost their chances

Mexico will look to get their Under-20 World Cup campaign back on track when they face off against Japan on Sunday.

El Tri suffered defeat in their opening game of the tournament, losing 2-1 to Italy on Thursday - a result which leaves them at the bottom of Group B.

Japan, meanwhile, are third after drawing their opener against Ecuador 1-1 and they can go top with victory at Gdynia Stadium.

Game Mexico U20 vs Italy U20
Date Sunday, May 26
Time 2:30pm BST / 9:30am ET
Stream (US Only) fuboTV (7-day free trial)

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch

In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).

New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.

US TV channel Online stream
Fox Sports 1 fuboTV (7-day free trial)

While FreeSports are broadcasting some games in the United Kingdom (UK), Mexico vs Japan is not being shown. However, highlights will be available online via FIFA's official channels.

UK TV channel Online stream

Squads & Team News

Position Mexico squad
Goalkeepers Higuera, L.Lopez, Alonzo
Defenders Alvarez, Sepulveda, Orona, Cardenas, Trejo, Leon, 
Midfielders Torres, Hernandez, Dominguez, Lainez, Plascencia, Meraz, Gutierrez, Figueroa, Lozano 
Forwards Macias, de la Rosa, D.Lopez

Mexico boss Diego Ramirez has no fresh concerns ahead of the game and will be hoping for star man Diego Lainez to have a decisive impact.

Striker Roberto de la Rosa got El Tri's goal in the defeat to Italy and he will be eager to add to his tally. His strike partner, Jose Macias, has also been earmarked as a player to watch.

Possible Mexico starting XI:  Higuera; Alvarez, Leon, Sepulveda, Cardenas; Orona, Meraz, Dominguez, Lainez, De la Rosa, Macias.

Position Japan squad
Goalkeepers Wakahara, Mogi, Z. Suzuki
Defenders Higashi, Kobayashi, Seko, Sugawara, T. Suzuki, Mikuni, Kida
Midfielders Goke, Ito, Fujimoto, M. Saito, Yamada
Forwards K. Saito, Tagawa, Miyashiro, Nishikawa, Hara, Nakamura

Japan head coach Masanama Kageyama is not expected to shake things up too drastically, but Jun Nishikawa will be pushing for a start.

Taisei Miyashiro could come in for Koki Saito.

Possible Japan starting XI: Wakahara; Sugawara, Seko, Kobayashi, Higashi; Ito, M. Saito, Yamada, Goke; Tagawa, Miyashiro.

Betting & Match Odds

Mexico are the favourites at 31/20 on bet365, while Japan can be backed at 7/4, while a draw is priced at 11/5.

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Match Preview

Mexico find themselves under serious pressure to get a result after losing to Italy on Thursday and a win over Japan will give them a much-needed boost in their pursuit of a place in the knockout stage.

El Tri were up against one of the tournament favourites in the form of Italy and, despite ultimately losing, acquitted themselves well over the course of 90 minutes.

As such, they can take some positives into Sunday's game - something star player Lainez alluded to ahead of the match in an Instagram post, in which he declared "Faith and Confidence" ahead of the match.

Japan won't be easily beaten, however, and the Asian outfit will feel that they were somewhat unlucky in their 1-1 draw against Ecuador.

Goalkeeper Tomoya Wakahara saved a penalty in the game and they will need the Kyoto Sanga shot-stopper to be on top form once again if they are to get a result.