Mexico vs Saudi Arabia World Cup lineup, starting 11 for Group C match at Qatar 2022

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Saudi Arabia and Mexico go into their final Group C game knowing that they both still have a chance of progressing to the knockout stages of the World Cup.

In the case of the Mexicans, they will have to show a vast improvement on the performances that have seen them pick up just one point from their two games so far.

As for Saudi Arabia, they will be hoping to recapture the spirit of the shock win over Argentina with which they kicked off this tournament.

Below are the projected lineups for both teams ahead of a massive World Cup clash.

Mexico vs Saudi Arabia lineups

Gerardo Martino has refused to blame his strikers for Mexico's failure to find the back of the net across their two World Cup outings thus far.

El Tri are goalless in 180 minutes in Qatar, and need to end that dry spell if they are to have any chance of reaching the knockout stages.

But Martino has defended his goal-shy attackers, saying: "Right now, this is serious because we need to score in the game tomorrow. What happened during the last year was due to different reasons, as we had our attacking players facing physical issues.

"Some of them are in good condition at the World Cup, but this is not just about attackers. We all share our responsibilities. It is up to the whole team, not just certain positions."

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Saudi Arabia predicted starting 11

Saudi Arabia (4-5-1, right to left): 21. Al-Owais (GK) — 12. Abdulhamid, 4. Al Amri, 5. Al Bulayhi, 2. Al-Ghannam — 9. Al-Buraikan 23. Kanno, 8. Al-Hassan, 16. Al-Najei, 10. Al-Dawsari — 11. Al-Shehri

  • Injured: Al-Shahrani, Al-Burayk, Al-Faraj
  • Suspended: Al-Malki

Saudi Arabia are without Yasser Al-ShahraniMohammed Al-Burayk and Salman Al-Faraj for this one due to injuries.

They will also be denied the services of midfielder Abdulelah Al-Malki after he picked up a second yellow card last time out. Ali Al-Hassan could replace him.

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Mexico predicted starting 11

(4-3-3, right to left): 13. Ochoa (GK) — 2. Nestor Araujo, 3. Montes, 15. Moreno, 23. Gallardo — 16. Herrera, 17. Pineda, 24. Chavez — 22. Lozano, 11. Funes Mori, 10. Vega

  • Injured: None
  • Suspended: None

Despite Martino's protestations, there are suggestions that Rogelio Funes Mori could get his first start up top ahead of Henry Martin and an out-of-sorts Raul Jimenez.

A return to a 4-3-3 shape is also likely, while Orbelin Pineda may well come into the midfield at the expense of Andres Guardado. 

Saudi Arabia vs Mexico World Cup squads

Here are the names on Saudi Arabia and Mexico's World Cup squad lists in Qatar (caps correct as of start of Qatar 2022):

Saudi Arabia World Cup squad

Position No. Player Club Age Caps
GK 21 Mohamed Al-Owais Al Hilal (KSA) 31 33
GK 22 Nawaf Al-Aqidi Al Nassr (KSA) 22 0
GK 1 Mohammed Al-Yami Al Ahli (KSA) 25 7
DEF 13 Yasser Al-Shahrani Al Hilal (KSA) 30 61
DEF 5 Ali Al-Boleahi Al Hilal (KSA) 32 28
DEF 4 Abdulelah Al-Amri Al Nassr (KSA) 25 13
DEF 3 Abdullah Madu Al Nassr (KSA) 29 12
DEF 17 Hassan Tambakti Al Shabab (KSA) 23 11
DEF 2 Sultan Al-Ghannam Al Nassr (KSA) 28 17
DEF 6 Mohammed Al-Burayk Al Hilal (KSA) 30 28
DEF 12 Saud Abdulhamid Al Hilal (KSA) 23 14
MID 7 Salman Al-Faraj Al Hilal (KSA) 33 56
MID 26 Riyadh Sharahili Abha (KSA) 29 2
MID 15 Ali Al-Hassan Al Nassr (KSA) 25 9
MID 23 Mohamed Kanno Al Hilal (KSA) 28 25
MID 8 Abdulelah Al-Malki Al Hilal (KSA) 28 16
MID 16 Sami Al-Najei Al Nassr (KSA) 25 14
MID 14 Abdullah Otayf Al Hilal (KSA) 30 37
MID 24 Nasser Al-Dawsari Al Hilal (KSA) 23 8
MID 20 Abdulrahman Al-Obood Al Ittihad (KSA) 27 1
MID 10 Salem Al-Dawsari Al Hilal (KSA) 31 53
MID 19 Hattan Bahebri Al Shabab (KSA) 30 30
FWD 0 Fahad Al-Muwallad Al Shabab (KSA) 28 62
FWD 25 Haitham Asiri Al Ahli (KSA) 21 4
FWD 11 Saleh Al-Shehri Al Hilal (KSA) 29 10
FWD 9 Firas Al-Buraikan Al Fateh (KSA) 22 20

Mexico World Cup squad

Position No. Player Club Age Caps
GK 12 Rodolfo Cota Club Leon (MEX) 35 8
GK 13 Guillermo Ochoa Club America (MEX) 37 132
GK 1 Alfredo Talavera FC Juarez (MEX) 40 40
DEF 26 Kevin Alvarez Pachuca (MEX) 23 8
DEF 2 Nestor Araujo Club America (MEX) 31 63
DEF 6 Gerardo Arteaga Genk (BEL) 24 17
DEF 23 Jesus Gallardo Monterrey (MEX) 28 79
DEF 3 Cesar Montes Monterrey (MEX) 25 31
DEF 15 Hector Moreno Monterrey (MEX) 34 128
DEF 19 Jorge Sanchez Ajax (NED) 24 26
DEF 4 Johan Vasquez Cremonese (ITA) 23 7
DEF 4 Edson Alvarez Ajax (NED) 24 59
MID 24 Luis Chavez Pachuca (MEX) 26 9
MID 18 Andres Guardado Real Betis (SPA) 36 180
MID 14 Erick Gutierrez PSV (NED) 27 34
MID 16 Hector Herrera Houston Dynamo (USA) 37 102
MID 8 Carlos Rodriguez Cruz Azul (MEX) 25 37
MID 7 Luis Romo Monterrey (MEX) 27 27
FWD 17 Orbelin Pineda AEK Athens (GRE) 26 50
FWD 25 Roberto Alvarado Chivas (MEX) 24 32
FWD 21 Uriel Antuna Cruz Azul (MEX) 25 37
FWD 11 Rogelio Funes Mori Monterrey (MEX) 31 16
FWD 9 Raul Jimenez Wolves (ENG) 31 97
FWD 22 Hirving Lozano Napoli (ITA) 27 60
FWD 20 Henry Martin Club America (MEX) 29 27
FWD 10 Alexis Vega Chivas (MEX) 24 23
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