Mexico and Russia will offer us the most interesting duel of this Saturday at Confederation Cup. The game starts at 16:00 and the winners qualify for next round.
Mexico have shown a good display in the first two matches, ticking a 2-2 draw vs Portugal and winning 2-1 over New Zeeland. After these two results, the hosts are on the leading position and they need only one more point to secure the qualification spot. Salcedo picked up an injury in the previous game and he is unlikely to feature here. Araujo is expected to start at right back in this case.
Russia started this competition with three points after 2-0 against New Zeeland. Then they faced Portugal and lost 0-1. It is likely to see the hosts of this tournament using a 3-5-2 formation, with Smolov and Poloz up front. This is the first time when these two sides are face to face and Russians seems to be underdogs at first view. Their only option here is victory if they want to qualify in he semifinals.
Mexico vs Russia probable lineups:
Mexico (4-3-3): Ochoa - Araujo, Reyes, Moreno, Layun - Santos, Herrera, Guardado - Vela, Jimenez, Chicharito.
Russia (3-5-2): Akinfeev - Jikia, Vasin, Kudryashov - Samedov, Golovin, Glushakov, Gazinskiy, Zhirkov - Smolov, Poloz.