Estadio Cuscatlan will switch on Wednesday night as El Salvador prepares to play their version of a World Cup final when they host rivals Mexico in the regional World Cup qualifiers. It will be a classic clash between David and Goliath, and the Salvadorans will do their utmost to take down the CONCACAF zone giant.
El Salvador (1-2-2, 5 points), ranked No.65 in the world, last qualified for a World Cup in 1982, and La Selecta knew before qualifying that their chances of qualifying for Qatar 2022 were slim. But since taking office as head coach, former US national team player Hugo Perez has given the team an identity on the pitch and instilled a sense of faith in them. He showed in his run to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finals this summer when he played entertaining football, giving Mexico everything they could handle in a 1-0 loss in the group stage.
El Salvador’s 2-1 loss in qualifying to Costa Rica on Sunday, a game in which he led 1-0, was his big chance to secure the road victory that El Salvador needed to really fuel a dream race to the Cup. world. But that failed, and now only an unlikely victory over Mexico would realistically be enough to rekindle those hopes. Although El Salvador may host another qualifying game in November, it will then face its toughest part of the 14-game qualifying calendar with three consecutive road games that could decide its fortunes (in Panama, USA). United and Honduras). Bottom line: Salvadorans have to beat Mexico.
WATCH: El Salvador vs. Mexico on fuboTV
The Mexican team, which rebounded from a 1-1 draw at home with Canada to face Honduras 3-0, are well aware of the stakes and the hostile atmosphere they will encounter. El Tri has already had the right to the night carnival in front of his hotel room.
Mexico (3-0-2, 11 points) lead the CONCACAF qualifying standings, but head coach Tata Martino knows it won’t be easy against a fiery and uncompromising Salvadoran side that will fight for every ball. The Salvadorians have so far not conceded a goal at home in three matches against the USA (0-0), Honduras (0-0) and Panama (victory 1-0).
The most experienced Mexican players know what it’s like to win in El Salvador: the two nations have faced each other in qualifying for the last three World Cups, with Mexico winning twice in El Salvador (2-1 in 2012 and 3-1 in 2016) and El Salvador winning a famous home victory in 2009 (2-1).
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How to watch El Salvador vs Mexico
- Dated: Wednesday October 13
- Time: 10 p.m. ET
- TV channels: CBS Sports Network (CBSSN)
- Television in Spanish: Telemundo, Universo
- Diffusion: fuboTV, Paramount +
The El Salvador vs Mexico match will be available in English and Spanish in the United States. CBS Sports Network (English) and Telemundo and Universo (Spanish) will broadcast the TV shows. All three networks are broadcast on fuboTV, which is available for a 7-day free trial for new subscribers.
Paramount + subscribers will also have access to the English match stream.
El Salvador vs. Mexico: Compositions
El Salvador have several important players missing for this game which will complicate matters considerably. Center-back Roberto Dominguez is suspended for accumulating yellow cards, and the Cuscatlecos were already without starting-caliber center-backs Eriq Zavaleta (concussion) and Ronald Gomez Rodriguez, who is recovering from a fracture. The filling options are inexperienced.
As if that weren’t enough to dampen the squad’s plans, they will also be without two starting midfielders: Narciso Orellana is out after his red card against Costa Rica, and midfielder Jairo Henriquez will not be available. after pulling his right thigh. the same game.
El Salvador’s projected lineup (4-4-2, left to right): 1-Mario Antonio Gonzalez-GK – 13-Alexander Larin, 16-Eduardo Vigil, 2-Lizandro Claros, 21-Bryan Tamacas – 19-Denis Pineda, 4-Isaac Portillo, 7-Darwin Ceren, 15-Alex Roldan – 12- Marvin Monterrosa, 11-Joaquin Rivas
Submarines projected in El Salvador: 18-Yonatan Guardado-GK, 22-Kevin Carabantes-GK, 23-Herberth Marcelo Diaz, 5-Christian Martinez, 14-Pablo Punyed, 10-Amando Moreno, 8-Joshua Perez, 9-Walmer Martinez, 20-Enrico Hernandez
Mexican Tata Martino has confirmed that the team will be absent from starting defenders Cesar Montes (accumulating yellow cards) and Jorge Sanchez (muscle injury) and both have already returned to their club squads. Center forward Henry Martin is back from injury and should be available off the bench.
After the two forced changes – Nestor Araujo likely replacing Montes in the center back, and Julio Cesar Dominguez is expected to start at right-back given that Chaka Rodriguez hit the 90s in the last game – the expectation is that Martino will choose to give his starting base, including Corona-Jimenez-Lozano’s offensive trident, another to be missed to start the match.
Starting eleven scheduled for Mexico (4-3-3, from left to right): 13-Guillermo ‘Memo’ Ochoa-GK – 23-Jesus Gallardo, 15-Hector Moreno, 2-Nestor Araujo, 19-Julio Cesar Dominguez – 6-Sebastian Cordova, 4-Edson Alvarez, 8-Carlos ‘Charly’ Rodriguez – 17 -Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona, 9-Raul Jimenez, 22-Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano
Submarines planned for Mexico: 12-Jonathan Orozco-GK, 1-Alfredo Talavera-GK, 5-Osvaldo Rodriguez, 21-Luis ‘Chaka’ Rodriguez, 18-Andres Guardado, 7-Luis Romo, 16-Hector Herrera, 20-Alexis Vega, 14-Uriel Antuna, 10-Orbelin Pineda, 11-Rogelio Funes Mori, Henry Martin
El Salvador vs. Mexico betting odds and predictions
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
To take: Mexico -1.25 Asian handicap (+100)
El Salvador’s advantage on the pitch should help keep the game close to the start, but Mexico just have too much quality and El Salvador is error-prone and lacks key players in defense. With another trio of top-level attackers ready to step off the bench to keep the pressure on, Mexico should have the wherewithal to secure a multi-goal win.
The Asian handicap of -1.25 offers some reassurance in case Mexico wins just one goal. Since the bet of -1.25 is spread evenly over the spreads of -1 and -1.5, half of the bet would be refunded in this case.
Prediction: El Salvador 0, Mexico 2
- Moneyline: El Salvador +700 / Draw +340 / Mexico -270
- Disseminate: El Salvador +1.5 (-165) / Mexico -1.5 (+120)
- O / U 2.5 total goals: Over +115 / Under -150
- The two teams score: Yes +165 / No -225