The atmosphere at Estadio Cuscatlan is going to be electric when El Salvador plays host to their Mexican rivals in a World Cup qualifier that locals desperately want to win to keep their World Cup dreams alive.
Mexico, which tops the regional qualifying rankings, are familiar with the kind of hostile atmosphere that awaits them. El Tri will get El Salvador’s best shot, and the home team will fight and contest every ball – but their best defenders miss the game, and that could ultimately make all the difference against the talented Mexicans.
These two teams met in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and El Salvador offered Mexico a good game. Despite this being a battle of the world No.9 versus No.65, the matches are always more balanced than they appear on paper.
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Score El Salvador vs Mexico
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8:45 p.m .: And here is the arrival in Mexico:
8:39 p.m .: Uh, they have to let the El Salvador bus enter the stadium.
7:57 p.m .: Arguably the Mexican fans will be outnumbered tonight:
El Salvador vs. Mexico: Compositions
El Salvador have several important players missing this game which complicates matters considerably. Center-back Roberto Dominguez is suspended for accumulating yellow cards, and the Cuscatlecos were already without starting-caliber center-backs Eriq Zavaleta (concussion) and Ronald Gomez Rodriguez, who is recovering from a fibula fracture. The filling options are inexperienced.
As if that weren’t enough to disrupt the squad’s plans, it will also be without two starting midfielders: Narciso Orellana will be out after his red card against Costa Rica, and midfielder Jairo Henriquez will not be available afterwards. having pulled his right hamstring. the same game.
El Salvador’s projected lineup (4-4-2, left to right): 1-Mario Antonio Gonzalez-GK – 13-Alexander Larin, 16-Eduardo Vigil, 2-Lizandro Claros, 21-Bryan Tamacas – 19-Denis Pineda, 4-Isaac Portillo, 7-Darwin Ceren, 15-Alex Roldan – 12- Marvin Monterrosa, 11-Joaquin Rivas
Submarines projected in El Salvador: 18-Yonatan Guardado-GK, 22-Kevin Carabantes-GK, 23-Herberth Marcelo Diaz, 5-Christian Martinez, 14-Pablo Punyed, 10-Amando Moreno, 8-Joshua Perez, 9-Walmer Martinez, 20-Enrico Hernandez
Mexican Tata Martino has confirmed that the team will be absent from starting defenders Cesar Montes (accumulating yellow cards) and Jorge Sanchez (muscle injury), and both have already returned to their club squads. Center forward Henry Martin is back from injury and should be available off the bench.
After the two forced changes – Nestor Araujo likely replacing Montes in the center back, and Julio Cesar Dominguez should start at right-back, given that Chaka Rodriguez hit 90s in the last game – the expectation is that Martino will choose to give his base starters, including Corona-Jimenez-Lozano’s attacking trident, another exhausted to start the game.
Starting eleven scheduled for Mexico (4-3-3, from left to right): 13-Guillermo ‘Memo’ Ochoa-GK – 23-Jesus Gallardo, 15-Hector Moreno, 2-Nestor Araujo, 19-Julio Cesar Dominguez – 6-Sebastian Cordova, 4-Edson Alvarez, 8-Carlos ‘Charly’ Rodriguez – 17 -Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona, 9-Raul Jimenez, 22-Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano
Submarines planned for Mexico: 12-Jonathan Orozco-GK, 1-Alfredo Talavera-GK, 5-Osvaldo Rodriguez, 21-Luis ‘Chaka’ Rodriguez, 18-Andres Guardado, 7-Luis Romo, 16-Hector Herrera, 20-Alexis Vega, 14-Uriel Antuna, 10-Orbelin Pineda, 11-Rogelio Funes Mori, Henry Martin
How to watch El Salvador vs Mexico
- Dated: Wednesday October 13
- Time: 10 p.m. ET
- TV channels: CBS Sports Network (CBSSN)
- Television in Spanish: Telemundo, Universo
- Diffusion: fuboTV, Paramount +
The El Salvador vs Mexico match will be available in English and Spanish in the United States. CBS Sports Network (English) and Telemundo and Universo (Spanish) will broadcast the TV shows. All three networks are broadcast on fuboTV, which is available for a free seven-day trial for new subscribers.
Paramount + subscribers will also have access to the English match stream.
El Salvador vs. Mexico betting odds and predictions
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
To take: Mexico -1.25 Asian handicap (+100)
El Salvador’s advantage on the pitch should help keep the game close to the start, but Mexico just have too much quality and El Salvador is error-prone and lacks key players in defense. With another trio of top-level attackers ready to step off the bench to keep the pressure on, Mexico should have the wherewithal to secure a multi-goal win.
The Asian handicap of -1.25 offers some confidence if Mexico only managed a one-goal victory. Since the bet of -1.25 is spread evenly over the spreads of -1 and -1.5, half of the bet would be refunded in this case.
Prediction: El Salvador 0, Mexico 2
- Moneyline: El Salvador +700 / Draw +340 / Mexico -270
- Disseminate: El Salvador +1.5 (-165) / Mexico -1.5 (+120)
- O / U 2.5 total goals: Over +115 / Under -150
- The two teams score: Yes +165 / No -225