Raymond Domenech will hope to secure a crucial three points in Polokwane.
France coach Raymond Domenech is expected to abandon the 4-3-3 formation that proved ineffective against Uruguay and revert to his preferred 4-2-3-1 system against Mexico, with Jeremy Toulalan and Abou Diaby in front of the defence. Domenech may also be tempted to reinstate forward Thierry Henry to the starting line-up, possibly in place of Nicolas Anelka.
Meanwhile, Fifa has rejected a request from France to call up a new goalkeeper after Cedric Carrasso suffered a thigh muscle injury in training on Monday.
Mexico coach Javier Aguirre could opt for Guillermo Ochoa in goal after Oscar Perez’s shaky showing against South Africa. Barcelona’s Rafael Marquez hurt his right calf muscle in the second half against South Africa but says he is now “100%”.
One booking from suspension: Juarez, Torrado (Mexico); Evra, Ribery, Toulalan (France) (BBC Sport)
Uruguay’s easy win over South Africa makes this evening kick off in Polokwane a must win encounter for both sides. France were none to inspiring in their opening encounter with the South Americans and under fire coach Raymond Domenech will hope that Thierry Henry’s likely inclusion will give his side a more fluid attacking edge as they take on a Mexico side who similarly will have been disappointed by their opening encounter with South Africa.
Javier Aguirre will be looking to contain the French side with an eye to securing something on the break and will hope that young livewires Giovani and Carlos Vela can help provide the attacking flair to break down the experienced Europeans.
Highlights of previous group games.
Uruguay 0-0 France
South Africa 1-1 Mexico