JPN vs MEX FIH Series Final Best Dream 11 Team: Main contenders for the semi-finals from Pool B, Japan look to show their might come Mexico
Day 2 in the FIH Series Open makes it advent and we have yet another lopsided encounter in Pool B being dished up to us. After the lopsided match between South Africa and USA, its Japan turns to take on the paper thin Mexico squad with the comparison in grace and class not getting any more apparent.
The third highest ranked side at the event, for Japan this tournament is a massive opportunity at showing the momentous progress they’ve made in the game in recent times. With qualification at the Olympics the least of their worries given they will directly make their advent by virtue of being the host country, the FIH Series Open is a tournament where they can tune things ahead of the main event.
Meanwhile for Mexico, there can’t ever be a better opportunity of making what would undoubtedly be their biggest ever tournament in the hockey arena. They know there’s no other route to pursue if out of this event and with stakes as large as this on their hands, they might just make things a little jittery for Japan in the morning match of the Friday.
Ranked 18, gaining direct qualification to the tournament, Japan are up against an opposition who are coming into this on the back of second place in the FIH Series Open in Portugal. It’s a side which has done itself extremely proud by making it all the way to a Series Final event but with the level of opposition being upgraded so much, Mexico could end up being left in tatters.
For Japan, it’s been the attacking department which has shown persistently and it could yet again compound Mexico’s travails on the day. We see Japan cruising past this one and coming out with a solid win.
Goal-Keeper for JPN vs MEX Dream 11
The disparity in our line-up for the match is going to be magnanimous and heavily favouring the Japanese side. It begins with the goal-keeper slot itself with Takisi coming in from Japan to take up the role in between the sticks.
Defenders for JPN vs MEX Dream 11
It’s going to be a three man pick from Japan for us over here, that’s how confident we are of Japan establishing a cleansheet in this particular encounter. Hirtoka, Manabu and Shota are the trio we are going to indulge ourselves in from Japan’s backline. They’ve been heavily drilled to keep out attacking threats and show defiance in the face of an attacking onslaught at them.
From Mexico we have the won pick as well for us Maximilano Mendez is going to be the one we select from what is a paper thin backline for Mexico.
Midfielders for JPN vs MEX Dream 11
If it was a three man Japanese line in our defence, Mexico will be replicating the same in this facet. They line-up in such a formation where the midfielders are crucial to their fortunes with the two deep lying midfielders crucial in screening the back line and trying to stem attacks. Jorge Gomez, Ruben Martinez and David Terminel are well versed in carrying out their jobs on the field and could get a good point of points from the tackles and blocks.
Kitazato is going to be our Japanese representation over here with us opting for the sole player from the Asian side.
Forwards for JPN vs MEX Dream 11
Clinical, fast, fluid and with an eye for the goal, Kenta and Kazuma have lead Japan’s front line more than perfectly. They’ve comprehensively made light work of their counterparts and in Mexico they are facing a side known for falling apart. We are getting in the pair to come in and pummel Mexico on the day.
Captain And Vice-Captain
The two Japanese players have been handed over the onus of these key roles. Striker Kenta is our captain while defender Yamada will be our vice-captain.
FIH Series Final, Match 4
Match: Japan Vs Mexico
Date And Time: 7th June, Friday- 8:45am IST
Venue: Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar