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CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Preview: Jamaica, Mexico out to end slump

Created on Jun. 02, 2013 10:57 AM EST

Jamaica and Mexico will hope to escape the lower reaches of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying group when they meet in Kingston on Tuesday.

Both sides have yet to win a qualifying match, and will need an about-turn in form if they are to secure their place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Jamaica have not won in five matches, scoring just one goal in the process, and if they are to reach their first World Cup since 1998, will must do better against second-bottom side Mexico.
But their two most-recent qualifiers ended in disappointing results, with a 1-1 draw against Panama at home being followed by a 2-0 defeat away to Costa Rica.

Mexico have drawn all three of their qualifying matches so far - including a goalless draw with Jamaica earlier in the qualification process - and also also shared the spoils of recent friendlies against Peru and Nigeria.

A win for Jose Manuel de la Torre's men would see them move to the top of the table, but they will need striker Javier Hernandez to continue his fine goalscoring form for his country for that to be the case.

All of Mexico's goals in their last five games have come from Hernandez, with the Manchester United forward bagging a brace against Honduras in March and again in Sunday's clash with Nigeria.
Mexico have qualified for the last five World Cups, bowing out at the round of 16 stage each time.

Tuesday's game will take place at Independence Park in Jamaica's capital.

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