South Africa faces Mexico in game 3 of the group A at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic football tournament. South Africa have lost two games while Mexico won one and lost one. South Africa is currently last in the table with 0 points and -2 goal difference. Mexico is second, with 3 points and a +2 difference.
The match is scheduled for Wednesday, 28 July 2021, starting at 11:00 a.m. GMT. The game venue is Sapporo Dome stadium in Tokyo, Japan. Let’s discuss the latest betting odds before we get to match predictions and betting tips on South Africa vs Mexico (July 28).
South Africa vs Mexico latest odds on betting sites
There is an odds-on favourite in this pair. Mexico’s chances are valued at 1.44 (-225; 4/9). South Africa’s odds to win the game are 8.90 (+790 American; 79/10 Fractional). Draw is priced with the odds of 4.64 (+364; 91/25). The chances of these outcomes are as follows: South Africa — 11%, draw — 21%, Mexico — 68%.
Latest betting odds on South Africa vs Mexico (28 July 2021):
- Over 2.5 Goals — 1.71 (-140; 5/7)
- Under 2.5 Goals — 2.20 (+120; 6/5)
- Asian Handicap (+1.25) on South Africa — 1.96 (-104; 25/26)
- Asian Handicap (-1.25) on Mexico — 1.925 (-108; 25/27)
- Both Teams To Score (Yes) — 2.04 (+104; 26/25)
- Both Teams To Score (No) — 1.75 (-133; 3/4)
South Africa vs Mexico match preview and stats
South Africa has lost 2 games in a row: 0-1 to Japan and 3-4 to Japan. This makes its chances of qualifying for the next stage slim. Key statistics of the first two fixtures: 47% ball possession, 8 shots on target from 17 total shots, 13 chances created, 84% pass success and 2 yellow cards
Teboho Mokoena has been their overall best player so far with a 7.23 rating. A win is a must, in order to increase the chances of qualifying for the next stage.
Mexico hopes to bounce back after the loss to Japan. It put 4 past France in their opener but fell short to Japan in a 1-2 loss. Although the Mexicans dominated the game, luck wasn’t on their side, and they couldn’t get the win. Key stats: 62% possession, 4 shots on target from 11 total shots, 7 chances created, 82% pass success, 3 yellow cards and 1 red card.
South Africa vs Mexico key players and lineups
South Africa Olympic projected lineup:
- Ronwen Williams
- Luke Fleurs
- Repo Malepe
- Sibusiso Mabiliso
- Thendo Mukumela
- Reeve Frosler
- Teboho Mokoena
- Goodman Mosele
- Thabo Cele
- Luther Singh
- Evidence Makgopa
The key player to watch out for in this match is Teboho Mokoena. Teboho game by numbers: scored 1 goal, created 2 chances, won 4 duels and 2 tackles.
Mexico Olympic projected lineup:
- Guillermo Ochoa, goalkeeper
- Erick Aguirre, defender
- Johan Vasquez, defender
- Cesar Montes, defender
- Jorge Sanchez, defender
- Jorge Esquivel, midfielder
- Carlos Rodriguez, midfielder
- Luis Romo, midfielder
- Carlos Antuna, attacker
- Diego Lainez, attacker
- Henry Martin, attacker
Diego Lainez is the player to watch out for from the Mexico side. Diego won 10 duels, 2 dribbles, 2 tackles and created 1 chance. He was the most fouled player in the last match.
South Africa vs Mexico betting tips and prediction
Mexico is the odds-on favourite to win this match 1.44 (-225; 4/9). Their squad is simply stronger than South Africa’s. There’s a high chance both teams would score, but Mexico should be able to grab the win. Mexico has scored 5 goals and conceded 3 balls in the net in its last two games. South Africa scored 3 goals and conceded 5. In their loss against the French Olympic team, the Bafana Bafana scored 3 goals, but that wasn’t enough to get them the win.
Betting prediction: Total Over 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.71 (-140 American; 5/7 Fractional)