Mexico vs Germany: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast
Syed Talib Haider
Die Mannschaft will look to make it 3 wins in a row against El Tricolor
Germany are seeking its third consecutive victory in an international friendly against Mexico in the United States on Tuesday night. The Euro 2024 hosts are coming off a 3-1 win over the USA, while Mexico, co-hosts of the 2026 World Cup, recently beat Ghana 2-0.
As co-hosts of the 2026 World Cup, Mexico don’t need to qualify for the tournament. They faced challenges in the 2022 World Cup, exiting in the group stage for the first time since 1978. Since winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July, they’ve played three friendlies, drawing with Australia and Uzbekistan, then defeating Ghana 2-0. Mexico aims to extend its unbeaten run to seven matches.
Germany named Julian Nagelsmann as their new head coach and soon got the result with a 3-1 victory over the USA. Despite not advancing in the last two World Cups, they have a strong record in the European Championships.
Further, being Euro 2024 hosts they don’t need to qualify for Euro 2024. Their last competitive match was a 4-2 win over Costa Rica in the 2022 World Cup. For now, they’re focusing on friendlies, including upcoming matches against Turkey and Austria.
Wednesday, 18th October 2023, 1 AM GMT (5:30 AM)
Tuesday, 17th October 2023, 8 PM ET
Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
Mexico (all competitions): W-W-W-D-D-W
Germany (in friendlies): D-L-L-L-W-W
Players to watch for
Uriel Antuna (Mexico)
He will be becoming a national hero at this rate if he can continue this form to big-stage competitions. Uriel Antuna has been on fire since the CONCACAF Gold Cup, assisting or scoring in the last 3 of the friendly games for Mexico. Meanwhile, he has two goals in two games for El Tri. Now, against the Germans, he would love to get on the scoresheet again or get an assist.
Jamal Musiala (Germany)
The 2022 Golden Boy and the strong contender to win the 2023 Golden Boy Award as well, Jamal Musiala‘s rise has been scenic. From breaking into Bayern Munich’s squad to the Germany senior team. His effect on the pitch was visible against the USMNT, where he scored as well. That was his first friendly call-up as he was not included in the squad against Japan or France.
- In their last meeting, Mexico won 1-0 in the 2018 World Cup group stage.
- Three of their last four recent games facing each other had over 2.5 goals.
- Mexico has recorded just one loss in 10 games, seven wins.
- Germany, however, is on two consecutive wins after five winless games.
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Injury and team news
In the upcoming match, Mexico’s coach Jaime Lozano is expected to make some changes to the squad as they face a strong opponent. Santiago Gimenez, who has been performing exceptionally well for Feyenoord, might lead the team’s attack, possibly replacing Raul Jimenez. Antuna, who scored in the previous game against Ghana, is also likely to start.
Meanwhile, Germany, under new head coach Nagelsmann, is focused on finding the right balance between giving players opportunities and building team cohesion for Euro 2024. Julian Brandt could feature in a wider position for the DFB-Team, while Niklas Sule may play in defense, potentially leading to Florian Wirtz and Mats Hummels being on the bench. Unfortunately, Joshua Kimmich won’t be available for selection due to illness, but Leon Goretzka is set to join the midfield alongside Gundogan.
Predicted line-up for Mexico vs Germany
Mexico Predicted line-up (4-3-3):
Ochoa; J Sanchez, Montes, Vasquez, Arteaga; E Sanchez, Alvarez, Chavez; Lozano, Gimenez, Antuna
Germany Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1):
Ter Stegen; Tah, Sule, Rudiger, Gosens; Goretzka, Gundogan; Brandt, Musiala, Sane; Fullkrug
Coming off the back of 3 defeats in a row, Germany won their last two games. But their defense looks a bit shaky, and have been conceding goals for fun. On the other hand, Mexico is on a scoring spree of late. So, it looks like another goal-fest between the two sides is on the cards. We are going for a draw.
Prediction: Mexico 2 – 2 Germany
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