Mexico will be facing Canada in the qualifying games of the 2018 World Cup. The match will be held in Vancouver and Mexico will be keen to get all three points.
This will be an opportunity to assess the team assemble by the new Mexico coach, Juan Carlos Osorio, who was appointed in October. After a couple of friendly games, this will be the real test for Mexico and fans in the country will want to know whether the team has improved or not.
It is believed that Mexico will play their traditional 4-3-3 formation with Hernandez, Fabian and Corona in a three-man forward line. The important thing here is how the coach will keep the balance between attack and defense, and this is what we will be looking at in the game against Canada.
If ever the team does not perform against Canada, questions will be asked about the absence of Carlos Vela and Giovani Dos Santos. Although these two players possess undeniable talent, their performances are too inconsistent to warrant a place in the starting 11. There are enough quality players in the Mexico national team that are far more consistent in their performance and may provide more quality than Vela and Dos Santos.
Another interesting debate concerns the goalkeeping role. Who should be Mexico goalkeeper? Alfredo Talavera is likely to start as the number one keeper, and it will all depend on his performance. Indeed, Jose de Jesus Corona has also been quite good in the goalkeeping position in a match against Senegal and will be pushing to start at least one match.
Whatever players Juan Carlos Osorio choose, he will believe that they can compete at this level and will expect them to win the game. The return match will be held on 29th March in Mexico.