The 2022 FIFA World Cup Group Draw is upon us as it kicks off on November 20 in Qatar. The tournament will run until December 18, when the final match will be played at the iconic Lusail Stadium. Looking to make a deeper run than in previous years, Mexico are making their eighth straight appearance and 17th overall. Let’s take a closer look at what awaits Qatar El Tri ahead of their Group C opener against Poland on November 22.
Mexico World Cup 2022 preview
World Cup Winning Odds: +13000
Mexico has never won a World Cup, and they are not expected to win a tournament in Qatar. Sitting 13th in the FIFA World Rankings (16th ahead of the US), they will have to focus on getting out of the group first, with Argentina, Poland and Saudi in tough competition. Arab country. El Tri have been eliminated in the last seven consecutive World Cups since 1994. They have made it past the 16th round in each. Look to make it to the quarter finals this time around.
Odds to win/go through Group C: +450 to win, -120 to go through
Surprisingly, Poland’s odds to win are slightly better than Mexico’s, according to DraftKings Sportsbook, with Poland at +400 to win Group C. Argentina are the clear favourites, but Mexico are just a bit ahead of Poland and will go in for a chance. To qualify. It will be a tough battle as Robert Lewandowski looks to get his team into the knockout rounds for the first time since 1986, but Tata Martino and his team will be hoping to at least finish second and qualify for the playoffs. 16 for the eighth straight time.
El Tri finish second and will meet the winner of Group D in the round of 16, which could be reigning champions France. It’s a tall order for anyone to beat France, let alone a team like Mexico who have only one win in their history, which came in the 2010 World Cup group stage. It’s certainly not out of the question as anything can happen in this tournament, but expectations for El Tri to make a deep run this year aren’t too high.
Key player: Raul Jimenez
For the first time this year, Mexico’s roster is without stars Carlos Vela or Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, as both are officially out of Tata Martino’s squad. In addition, Sevilla winger Jesus Corona has been ruled out of the World Cup with a broken fibula, which will put a lot of attacking pressure on Raul Jimenez’s shoulders if he is fit. With 29 goals in 94 appearances for El Tri, the 31-year-old Wolverhampton striker has been outstanding for Mexico since suffering a life-threatening skull fracture two years ago.