Argentina vs Mexico: Predictions, tips & betting odds

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There is considerable pressure on Argentina heading into their second game of Group C against Mexico on Saturday evening, with Lionel Scaloni's men knowing anything but a victory would complicate their qualification for the knockout stages.

La Albiceleste's defeat to Saudi Arabia on Tuseday was one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history and ended a run of 36 matches without a loss.

Mexico meanwhile drew 0-0 with Poland in their opening fixture, with goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa saving a penalty from Robert Lewandowski.

Argentina vs Mexico latest odds

Argentina are unbeaten in their last 10 meetings with El Tri and the South Americans are clear favourites at 4/7 (1.57) with bet365.

The last victory for Mexico in this fixture came back in 2004 and Tata Martino's team can be backed at 11/2 (6.50) with the draw available at 3/1 (4.00).

Argentina vs Mexico first goal scorer odds

Lionel Messi opened the scoring from the penalty spot before things went wrong against Saudi Arabia and the Paris Saint-Germain forward is priced at 11/4 (3.75) to break the deadlock once more.

Lautaro Martinez meanwhile looked dangerous in the first half of the first game having a couple of goals ruled out and is offered at 9/2 (5.50) with Angel Di Maria at 10/1 (11.00).

For Mexico, Wolves striker Raul Jimenez did not start against Poland but is the shortest priced of El Tri's player to net first at 10/1 (11.00) with Hirving Lozano at 12/1 (13.00).

Argentina vs Mexico preview

While Mexico do not boast a good record against their rivals from South America, El Tri will take heart from just how poor Argentina were in the second half against Saudi Arabia.

La Albiceleste looked nervous and devoid of ideas and the sky-high levels of expectations back home clearly put the side under immense pressure.

If Mexico can keep things tight early on, Argentina are likely to become increasingly desperate which is when they will be at their most vulnerable.

Expect a tight opening to this game which neither side can afford to lose and opposing a high-scoring encounter looks like an obvious selection.

Argentina vs Mexico tips and predictions

At the time of writing, eight of the 16 group games that have been played have been goalless at half time and backing a repeat at 7/4 (2.75) looks appealing.

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.