The Mexico vs Netherlands (Holanda) friendly match will take place this Wednesday, November 12, 2014 (11:30 AM Pacific) at the Amsterdam Arena in The Netherlands. After the #NoEraPenal debacle from the Brazil World Cup Round of 16 match, Mexico will now get a chance to avenge their 2-1 loss to the Dutch.
A late flop by Robben gave The Netherlands a key penalty that led to the 2-1 defeat of Mexico. That’s in the past now. Herrera and the rest of El Tri need to look to the future, focus on perfecting the 5-3-2 system, and incorporate new players (i.e. Carlos Vela).
Mexico Team News
Other than the grudge match against The Netherlands, the most important aspect of this friendly is the fact that Carlos Vela is finally back with El Tri. After years of refusing call-ups into the Mexican National Team, Carlos Vela finally agreed. Well, he was basically forced to join, as he would have been suspended from league play if he did not attend, although, we can hope this is the beginning of a long partnership with Miguel Herrera and the rest of the squad.
Herrera has already stated that Carlos Vela will start the match against The Netherlands. Vela will feature alongside Chicharito, who has seen a bit of a revival at Real Madrid. This will be the starting lineup: Guillermo Ochoa; Paul Aguilar, Diego Reyes, Miguel Herrera, Oswaldo Alanís, Adrián Aldrete; Gallito Vázquez, Héctor Herrera, Andrés Guardado; Vela & Chicharito.
The formation will be the typical 5-3-2 we have seen Miguel Herrera use all throughout his career as a coach. It will be interesting to see whether the Vela-Chicharito duo up front works out well. Neither player is particularly well at holding up the ball, and we could see Mexico struggle on offense, as it might be hard for the midfielders to incorporate into the attack.
Netherlands Team News
Guus Hiddink took over as the Dutch head coach after Van Gaal left for Manchester United, and he has not had a good start (well, neither coach has…). Holland is in third place after three matches in the Euro qualifiers, putting their entrance into the upcoming Euro in question. With another qualifying match coming up on November 16, we can expect a Dutch squad that will give it their all against Mexico, looking to reach the next match at full throttle.
Mexico vs Netherlands Prediction
Mexico will certainly be looking to avenge the loss in the World Cup. However, The Netherlands will be playing at home, with their best players, with an important upcoming qualifying match (Mexico is months away from playing for anything important). I just don’t see Mexico pulling off a win here. The Netherlands will most likely get another 2-1 victory over an inspired Mexico team. Furthermore, I expect the Vela-Chicharito partnership will be a failure, as I believe Vela would be better accompanied by either Peralta or Raul Jimenez, strikers strong enough to hold up the ball.
Mexico vs Netherlands TV Schedule
The Mexico vs Netherlands game will be televised on ESPN and Unimas on Wednesday, November 12 at 11:30 AM Pacific Time.