Olympic football 2021: Mexico vs France prediction and betting tips (July 22)
The men’s football Olympics kick off with Mexico facing France in the first game of the Group A.
Guillermo Ochoa will feature in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics
Guillermo Ochoa will feature in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics

In Group A there are 4 teams: France, Japan, Mexico and South Africa. Before we get to Mexico vs France prediction and betting tips, let's recap the latest odds and key match statistics. The Mexico vs France (22 July) match will start at 08:00 AM by GMT. The venue for the fixture is Ajinomoto Stadium, Chofu, Japan.

Mexico vs France latest odds on betting sites

France U-23 team is generally regarded as a strong side among football fans and punters. Mexico is seen as an underdog of this year’s men’s football Olympics. Les Espoirs odds to win the match are 1.95 (-105 American; 19/20 Fractional) while El Tri’s odds are 3.75 (+275; 11/4). The chances of these outcomes are: France — 51%, draw — 28% and Mexico — 21%.

Latest betting odds on Mexico vs France (22 July 2021):

  • Both Teams To Score — Yes: 1.95 (-105; 19/20
  • Both Teams To Score — No: 1.80 (-125; 4/5)
  • Mexico or Draw: 1.80 (-125; 4/5)
  • Mexico or France: 1.28 (-357; 2/7)
  • Draw or France: 1.25 (-400; 1/4)

Mexico vs France match preview and stats

Mexico U23 can be presumed as the dark horse of this tournament. Jaime Lozano's side have played 8 times this year. In their last 5 games, they had 4 wins and 1 draw. They are unbeaten in 4 home games and haven’t lost in 5 matches. After playing 5 games together, amassing 4 wins and 1 draw, the team looks confident heading into the tournament.

France U23 hasn’t been successful at the Olympics compared to their senior team who has won two World Cups, two Euros and 2 Confederations Cups. The only gold medal they’ve won was at Los Angeles in 1984. Some of their players were called up for the Euro 2020 which has affected the squad’s strength and balance. U23 coach Sylvain Ripoll led the squad to the semi-finals of the 2019 European Under-21 Championships where they lost 4-1 to Spain. The coach has called up Andre-Pierre Gignac and his teammate at Tigres UANL Florian Thauvin

Mexico vs France key players and lineups

Mexico Olympic projected lineup:

  • Guillermo Ochoa, goalkeeper
  • Erick Aguirre, defender
  • Johan Vasquez, defender
  • Jesus Angulo, defender
  • Jorge Sanchez, defender
  • Jorge Esquivel, midfielder
  • Carlos Rodriguez, midfielder
  • Luis Romo, midfielder
  • Carlos Antuna, attacker
  • Diego Lainez, attacker
  • Henry Martin, attacker

Key player to watch out for: Guillermo Ochoa

Coach Jaime Lozano has called up Guillermo Ochoa who has appeared 114 times for Mexico. The 36-year-old veteran goalkeeper who has been to 4 World Cups is set to start in goal for Round 1 game.

France Under-23s possible starting lineup:

  • Paul Bernardoni, goalkeeper
  • Clement Michelin, defender
  • Modibo Sagnan, defender
  • Pierre Kalulu, defender
  • Anthony Caci, defender
  • Lucas Tousart, midfielder
  • Teji Savanier, midfielder
  • Enzo Le Fee, midfielder
  • Arnaud Nordin, attacker
  • Andre-Pierre Gignac, attacker
  • Florian Thauvin, attacker

Key player to watch out for: Timothee Pembele

The 18-year-old defender plays for Paris Saint-Germain. He scored 1 goal in 3 appearances for PSG. Timothee is very good with the ball at his feet, a good passer and also dribbles. He is a promising talent and you should be on the watch out for the quality he will deliver at the tournament.

French players Eduardo Camavinga, William Saliba, Malang Sarr, Amine Gouiri and Maxence Caqueret have withdrawn from the tournament after their respective clubs objected.

Clement Michelin suffered a knee injury in May, but is expected to be back.

Mexico vs France betting tips & prediction

Mexico is the favourite to win Round 1 even though they are underdogs. El Tri have had good performances in the last few games compared to Franc: 4 wins and 1 draw in 5 games. They’ve scored 11 goals and conceded 2 goals in their last 5 games. The defence has been solid even without Ochoa, and with Ochoa starting in goal it will be hard to break them.

France might get their grip later as the tournament proceeds, but it’s unlikely in this game as they are trying to organize themselves. It’s only logical to predict Mexico winning the opener.

Bet: Mexico to win with odds of 3.75 (+275; 11/4)

Football Olympic football 2021 . Group A. Round 1
Mexico — France
Mexico to win
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