Argentina vs. Mexico Bet Builder Tips: Messi to find the net in 21/1 Bet Builder
Argentina play Mexico in what is a huge game to both sides on Saturday with the pair failing to win in their opening fixtures. We’ve compiled our best bet builder tips for the occasion in the form of a 21/1 poke.
The pressure on Argentina from their fans back home in South America will be huge heading into Saturday’s match. A loss here would see the pre-tournament second-favorites (11/2), dumped out of the competition at the group stage and they must dust themselves off quickly after what was a memorable game for the neutral but a day to forget for Argentina in losing 2-1 to Saudi Arabia.
Mexico will feel they were the better side in their World Cup opener which finished 0-0 against Poland, although they can be thankful to goalkeeper Guilermo Ochoa who saved a penalty from Robert Lewandowski at what is his third World Cup.
Taking a look at the match odds and Argentina are the 4/7 favourites with most firms. The draw can be backed at 3/1, while most bookmakers have 11/2 on show for a historic win for Mexico.
Argentina vs Mexico Bet Builder Tips
The first selection in this three-pronged-punt is for Argentina’s Rodrigo De Paul to attempt 70+ passes in the game. Lionel Scaloni’s side dominated possession in their 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia with much of their build up going through De Paul in the middle of the park. The midfielder made 83 passes against Saudi Arabia and with this line priced at 11/10 with Paddy Power in contrast to 5/6 with bet365, it looks a fair price and one that we are willing to include in our Bet Builder.
We’ve also dipped our toe into the card market and have taken a lean towards Cristian Romero. The centre-back is a serial offender when it comes to card-collecting with a colourful disciplinary record over recent years.
While playing in Italy, Romero racked up 10+ yellows in three straight league campaigns between 2018 and 2021, and when he arrived at Spurs he was cautioned eight times in his first 22 league appearances. This game has the potential to descend into chaos with so much on the line for both teams and it would not surprise us to see Romero right at the heart of the controversy.
Rounding off the trio of picks, is Lionel Messi to find the net anytime in the match. A man who needs no introduction who has scored 11 goals in his last five international matches including friendlies Argentina have played over the last few months. Messi is also on penalty duty which has been a strong angle so far at this tournament with VAR awarding so many. At the time of writing Paddy Power are best-priced on Messi scoring against Mexico, taking our Bet Builder to a very backable 21/1.