Mexico Vs. Nigeria: Watch Free Online Stream, TV Channel, Time, Prediction, Preview, Probable Lineups, And Team News For Friday's International Friendly [May 31, 2013]
Mexico will rely on Javier Hernandez to break their scoreless streak on Friday night in Houston. (Photo: Reuters)
Mexico will face Nigeria, both bound for the Confederations Cup, in an international friendly on Friday night at Reliant Stadium in Houston in a showcase of two nations in need of momentum. The matchup is particularly important for Mexico, as the CONCACAF powerhouse prepare for the World Cup qualifying after managing just three draws in their first three matches.
A pro-Mexico crowd is anticipated in the Lone Star state, and the Mexican squad is expected to be aggressive after scoring just two goals in their last three matches. After a scoreless result with main rival the U.S., Mexico had another scoreless outcome against Peru on April 17. They will likely put a great deal of pressure on the Nigeria goal from start to finish.
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Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre will likely use a strong contingent against a usually feisty Nigeria squad that boast some quality talent like Elderson, who plays for Braga, and Anthony Ujah, who plays for Cologne.
Nigeria will be without winger Victor Moses, who remains sidelined with an injury, while Chelsea teammate Mikel Obi is also reportedly unavailable. A Nigeria player to watch for is Ogenyi Onazi, a 20-year-old midfielder who has made 14 appearances for Lazio in Serie A.
Mexico have no shortage of stars on their roster. Most notably, Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and Andres Guardado are in the lineup, and likely keen to make a serious impact on the match. A player who won't see action on Friday, but could in the near future, is Carlos Vela. The former Arsenal forward has scored 14 goals for Real Sociedad in 36 appearances, and De la Torre reportedly has shown interest in having him back with El Tricolor.
The game will be televised by ESPN News, and can be watched online at ESPN3.com. The match begins at 9 pm Eastern Time.
This is the fourth meeting for the two clubs. Mexico won one and the other two matches ended in a draw.
D: Meza, Rodríguez, Reyes, Torres Nilo;
M:Torrado, Salcido; Barrera, Herrera, Guardado;
D: Kwambe, Obobona, Omeruo, Echiejile;
M: Oduamadi, Ogu, Onazi, Mba;
F: Ujah, Ideye
Prediction: Mexico over Nigeria, 3-2