* All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.
Now, we know the break from Premier League action isn’t ideal and even competitive internationals can be a trek at the best of times – but let me try and sell this friendly to you.
At 1pm on Friday, somebody somewhere was watching Uzbekistan and play Ghana B. That’s not really a promotional tagline for Wales and Mexico, but it should make you grateful for lesser evils if nothing else.
So sit back, take a breath, look up all the second-string Welsh and Mexican players you’ve never heard of, playing for clubs you don’t believe can be real to cheer up your Saturday evening which has somehow come to this.
Wales v Mexico
Saturday, March 27 – 8pm
Sky Sports Premier League
The only reason I’m selecting this is because of the difference in the qualifying periods. Wales are coming off the back of a loss to Belgium while Mexico are priming themselves for their first game of the year.
It’s for that reason and that reason only that I can recommend this bet. The hosts are likely to hand caps to some of the lesser-known elements of his squad, including Rabbi Matondo and Ben Cabango.
Did I select those two players in particular because their names sort of rhyme and it flows nicer than anything that can go with Chris Gunter? Absolutely.
These games aren’t competitive and Mexico will be solely focused on getting minutes into their legs. It’s not a case of trying to impress their gaffer for upcoming big games, nor a conquest for points to continue their indifferent history in World Cups – it’s about going to Wales and getting the job done.
It just feels right, doesn’t it?
Wales come away from this saying they did well to limit an experienced, exotic and fresher Mexico side to a single goal while gaining valuable minutes for their squad so they can feel more comfortable supplementing the starters for what will be a tough, long road to Qatar.
Mexico get a win under their belts and promise not to post any negative reviews from local Cardiff eateries on Tripadvisor and everyone goes home a winner of sorts. Especially you, as you’ve landed a few quid and didn’t have to suffer through this without remittance.
Wales v Mexico tips
- Joey Lapira “hopeful” of call-up as Ireland injuries mount
- Fred nominated for Leicester City player of the month
- Police involved as cabbage is thrown at Steve Bruce by Steve Bruce