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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El Salvador vs. Mexico: Compositions
El Salvador have several important players missing for this game which will complicate 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 fracture. The filling options are inexperienced.
As if that weren’t enough to dampen the squad’s plans, they will also be without two starting midfielders: Narciso Orellana is out after his red card against Costa Rica, and midfielder Jairo Henriquez will not be available. after pulling his right thigh. the same game.
Composition of El Salvador (4-4-2, from left to right): 1-Mario Antonio Gonzalez-GK – 13-Alexander Larin, 16-Eduardo Vigil, 6-Mario Jacobo, 21-Bryan Tamacas – 20-Enrico Hernandez, 4-Isaac Portillo, 7-Darwin Ceren, 15-Alex Roldan (c) – 12-Marvin Monterroza, 11-Joaquin Rivas
Salvadoran submarines: 18-Yonatan Guardado-GK, 22-Kevin Carabantes-GK, 2-Lizandro Claros, 3-Jose Villalobos, 23-Herberth Marcelo Diaz, 5-Christian Martinez, 19-Denis Pineda, 14-Pablo Punyed, 10-Amando Moreno, 8-Joshua Perez, 9-Walmer Martinez, 17-Cristian Gil Hurtado
Lots of changes by Mexican Tata Martino for the third and final game of the October window. The titular defenders Cesar Montes (accumulation of yellow cards) and Jorge Sanchez (muscle injury) were already missing and both have already returned to their club teams. Center forward Henry Martin is back from injury and is available off the bench.
Starting eleven from Mexico (4-3-3, left to right): 13-Guillermo ‘Memo’ Ochoa-GK (c) – 5-Osvaldo Rodriguez, 15-Hector Moreno, 2-Nestor Araujo, 4-Julio Cesar Dominguez – 10-Orbelin Pineda, 7-Luis Romo, 8-Carlos ‘Charly’ Rodriguez – 20-Alexis Vega, 11-Rogelio Funes Mori, 22-Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano
Mexican submarines: 1-Jonathan Orozco-GK, 12-Rodolfo Cota-GK, 3-Johan Vasquez, 23-Jesus Gallardo, 21-Luis ‘Chaka’ Rodriguez, 18-Andres Guardado, 6-Jonathan Dos Santos, 16-Hector Herrera, 14- Sebastian Cordova, 19-Henry Martin, 17-Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona, 9-Raul Jimenez (Not in the team: Edson Alvarez, Uriel Antuna, Alfredo Talavera-GK)
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 7-day free 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 reassurance in case Mexico wins just one goal. 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