Salem Al-Dawsari will try to lead Saudi Arabia to the 2022 World Cup Round of 16. That would be the first time that the Green Falcons managed to make it out of the Group Stage for the first time since 1994. On the other hand, Guillermo Ochoa will try to lead Mexico to its first victory in Qatar.
Winning Margin – Score Draw (+400)
In our preview of the game, we recommend including the draw in your soccer picks. Why? Well, because Saudi Arabia is highly motivated and Mexico has no other option than to win, so we expect this to turn into a back-and-forth battle. There’s also the fact that Saudi Arabia is a team that never stops running, but experience is on Mexico’s side.
Prior to the start of the World Cup, Saudi Arabia faced Panama, another team from CONCACAF, in a friendly match that ended 1-1. That’s a good parameter because Mexico and Panama also drew 1-1 during the qualifiers.
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Draw and Total Over 2½ Goals (+1000)
Now, the fact that we think the game will end up tied doesn’t mean it’s going to be a boring game. Quite the contrary. First, both must go all-in right from the start. Second, both attacking units are extremely talented. Third, these two have met five times and the total went over 2½ goals in three of those games.
Including the WC action, the Green Falcons scored in three of their last five games, same as El Tri.
Anytime Goalscorer: Salem Al-Dawsari (+450) / Alexis Vega (+275)
Saudi Arabia shocked the world by defeating Argentina 2-1 in its 2022 World Cup debut. Salem Al-Dawsari scored the winning goal. Four days later, the Green Falcons lost 2-0 to Poland. Al-Dawsari had a great opportunity to score again, but goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny deflected his shot from the penalty spot, but the point is that Al-Dawsari is in charge of penalties, increasing his chances of scoring considerably. Plus, he’s eager to prove that he truly belongs to the elite.
As for Mexico, Alexis Vega at +275 is a great option. Vega led the attacking unit in Mexico’s first two games, and he scored in their last two friendly matches. As if that wasn’t enough, one of his two goals was from the penalty spot.