After back-to-back losses to the US and Canada, Mexico hopes to get their World Cup regional qualifying campaign back on track in Kingston when El Tri take on Jamaica in a third straight road test.
Mexico sits third in the CONCACAF standings (14 points), but still has work to do to clinch one of the three direct tickets to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. And El Tri will be short for the match against a Desperate Reggae Boyz team in need of a home win to revive their own World Cup dreams.
The Jamaicans tested Mexico at the Estadio Azteca in the first head-to-head last September and nearly managed a draw, conceding the game-winning goal to Mexico at the last minute. But this time, the Reggae Boyz have a full squad, including West Ham star striker Michail Antonio and several other England players.
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The pressure is mounting on Mexico and coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino, and if they fail to pull off a victory in Jamaica, they will face a tense environment for their next two games at the Estadio Azteca against Costa Rica and Panama. , two teams that will present their own challenges.
Sporting News will follow the World Cup qualifier live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
Jamaica vs. Mexico live
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minute 36: Great delivery by Andres Guardado and the ball goes into the Jamaica box, but goalkeeper Andre Blake is on his game tonight and catches the ball before Funes Mori can reach it.
minute 29: Woof. Jamaica gets away with it. Javain Brown has just collided with the back of Rogelio Funes Mori in the area. There is Video Review on this game (CONCACAF instituted time for the last six games), but VAR apparently doesn’t seem like a clear and obvious mistake in that no-call.
minute 26: Jamaica gets their first chance of the game on a set piece. Lamar Walker wins the set piece, and Daniel Johnson sends it with his left foot, but nobody gets to the ball and Mexico neutralizes the danger.
minute 21: Without an audience, Jamaican captain Andre Blake can be heard harassing his fellow Jamaicans. “You have to run more.” Meanwhile, a corner kick from Mexico leads Hector Herrera to a shot wide to the left. He was wide open. Jamaica cannot gain a foothold in this game.
minute 17: Another shot from Mexico! Alexis Vega with the half volley and Blake with another flying save for a corner. Nothing comes out of it. Jamaica is on the ropes.
minute 16: Mexico’s first shot on goal and it’s Charly Rodríguez with the shot and Andre Blake stops it. Blake is begging his teammates to get tighter. The Reggae Boyz defense is relaxed.
minute 11: Everything is Mexico. Jesús Gallardo on the left and Chaka Rodríguez on the right are reaching the baseline. El Tri is turning it around at will. It doesn’t help Jamaica that Michail Antonio isn’t tracking Chaka on his side.
5th minute: SUB — Mexican right back Jorge Sánchez has to leave the game. Something’s wrong with his left knee. Enter Luis ‘Chaka’ Rodriguez. Another headline falls for Mexico.
4th minute: Strong start from Mexico. El Tri is taking the ball and combining well. Jamaica is giving the ball away immediately. The home team can’t stand it.
1st minute: The match has started. Jamaicans in all bright yellow kits and Mexico is in their black jersey.
19:01: Anthem time. About to kick off. It will be a strange environment with no fans allowed in Kingston National Stadium due to government COVID-19 restrictions.
17:38: It looks like Mexico will be missing another starter, with central midfielder Edson Alvarez missing with a calf problem. Tata Martino did not want to take risks with two home games at the Azteca Stadium.
Jamaica vs. lineups Mexico
While Jamaica will field a stronger team compared to the last time they met, Tata Martino will be without three starters for the match: central defender César Montes (COVID-19), Hirving “Chucky” Lozano (suspension) and Raúl Jimenez (calf). injury) are all confirmed. Midfielder Edson Alvarez is on the bench with a calf problem that keeps him out.
Veteran Héctor Moreno, winger Uriel Antuna, center forward Rogelio Funes Mori and Héctor Herrera are the replacements for the absentees. Alexis Vega also receives title to Tecatito Corona.
Mexico starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 13-Guillermo Ochoa (GK) — 23-Jesus Gallardo, 15-Hector Moreno, 2-Nestor Araujo, 3-Jorge Sanchez — 18-Andres Guardado (capt.), 16-Hector Herrera, 8-Carlos ‘Charly’ Rodriguez — 10-Alexis Vega, 11-Rogelio Funes Mori, 9-Uriel Antuna
Substitutes from Mexico (12): Alfredo Talavera (GK), Jonathan Orozco (GK), Luis Rodriguez, Julio Cesar Dominguez, Gerardo Arteaga, Luis Romo, Edson Alvarez, Erick Gutierrez, Diego Lainez, Orbelin Pineda, Henry Martin, Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona
New Jamaica coach Paul Hall, who was part of the Reggae Boyz team that played in the 1998 World Cup, will coach their first World Cup qualifier after taking over from former boss Theodore Whitmore. In his first game in charge, a 3-0 loss to Peru in Lima on January 20, he fielded a 4-3-3 with an experimental team. It’s a similar formation against Mexico with Michail Antonio starting up.
Jamaica starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Andre Blake (GK) — 20-Kemar Lawrence, 3-Ethan Pinnock, 17-Damion Lowe, 21-Javain Brown — 8-Daniel Johnson, 22-Devon Williams, 4-Ravel Morrison — 12-Junior Flemmings, 18- Michael Antonio, 7-Lamar Walker
Jamaican substitutes: Amal Knight (GK), Dwayne Miller (GK), Alvas Powell, Gregory Leigh, Adrian Mariappa, Liam Moore, Kevin Stewart, Peter Vassell, Cory Burke, Javon East, Andre Gray, Bobby Reid
How to watch Jamaica vs. Mexico
- Date: Thursday, January 27
- Hour: 7 p.m. Eastern Time
- Television channel: CBS Sports Network
- Spanish TV: Telemundo, Universe
- Transmission: fuboTVParamount+
The Kingston, Jamaica game will be broadcast live in the US on CBS Sports Network (English), Telemundo and Universo (Spanish).
The CBS Paramount+ streaming platform will also broadcast the game.
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Jamaica vs. Jamaica betting odds and predictions Mexico
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Mexico doesn’t like to play Jamaica, and that is evident every time these two teams play. The Reggae Boyz are not afraid to take on the mighty Mexico and cause El Tri matchup problems all over the field.
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Since 2010, these two teams have met eight times in all competitions (including friendlies) and Jamaica have a 2W-4L-2D record with two of the four defeats by one goal difference. In their last meeting at the Estadio Azteca, Jamaica could be said to have deserved the equalizer before conceding the winning goal to Mexico.
Considering the stakes for Jamaica, the Reggae Boyz should be at the forefront from the start in a last ditch attempt to salvage their World Cup qualification bid. With West Ham’s Michail Antonio on the pitch (eight Premier League goals) against a Mexico side under fire that lacks key starters and is susceptible to periods of pressure from the opposition, it’s not unreasonable to see Jamaica scoring at least a goal, regardless of the final result.
To choose: Jamaica scores / No clean sheet for Mexico (-120)
Prediction: Jamaica 1, Mexico 1
- money line: Jamaica +475 / Draw +240 / Mexico -155
- Spread: Jamaica +0.5 (+115) / Mexico -0.5 (-155)
- O/U 2.5 total goals: More than +140 / Less than -180
- Both teams score: Yes +120 / No -160
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.