Denmark and Mexico will make their final preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Saturday, when they meet in a friendly encounter at the Brondby Stadium.
While neither team is considered a genuine contender for glory at the finals in Russia, both nations will be expected to qualify from what are set to be testing groups. Denmark are in Group C with France, Peru and Australia, while Germany, Sweden and South Korea face El Tri in Group F.
Both teams are packed with talented players who will be keen to give their respective managers some last-minute selection headaches. Here are the viewing details for this one and a preview of what’s set to be an intriguing match between two World Cup hopefuls.
Date: Saturday, June 9
Time: 7 p.m. (BST), 2 p.m. (ET)
TV Info: Univision (U.S.)
Live Stream: Univision Deportes (U.S.)
Mexico and Denmark Gear Up for World Cup
With the tournament beginning just five days after this fixture, you sense butterflies will be fluttering in the stomachs of all the players involved in this showdown in Denmark.
For the hosts, it will likely be a raucous send off as they prepare for their first World Cup since 2010. In that edition, the Danes failed to get out of the group; they didn’t qualify for the 2006 or 2014 competitions.
Getting to this one didn’t look like it was going to be straightforward, either, as Denmark had to navigate a play-off against the Republic of Ireland. But in that tie, standout performer Christian Eriksen ensured their qualification, scoring a stunning hat-trick in a 5-1 win in Dublin.
Age Hareide’s appointment as Denmark manager has had a hugely positive influence on the Tottenham man, as he’s netted 15 of his 21 goals for the national side since his installation in 2016. As Spurs Stat Man highlighted, the midfield heads into this one in fine form:
There is talent in the rest of the Denmark team too, with Pione Sisto and Yussuf Poulsen set to support Nicolai Jorgensen from wide areas; the latter has scored 31 times in 58 Eredivisie appearances since joining Feyenoord in 2016.
Mexico are also blessed with an abundance of attacking talent, and it’s going to be fascinating to see how manager Juan Carlos Osorio sets them up on Saturday and in the World Cup.
Lozano has the potential to be a huge star.
Lozano has the potential to be a huge star.Martin Meissner/Associated Press/Associated Press
One man so many people are looking forward to seeing take to the field in Russia is PSV Eindhoven winger Hirving Lozano, who was on target 17 times in the Dutch top flight last season. As OptaJohan noted, the 22-year-old shown he’s happy to take on attacking responsibility for his side: