Mexico vs. New Zealand - Confirmed Teams, Live Stream and World Cup play-off Preview

Raul Jimenez (credit: OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images)

Mexico vs. New Zealand takes place tonight in the first leg of their 2014 World Cup qualifying play-off.

The first leg clash takes place at the Azteca Stadium and is scheduled to kick off at 20:30 GMT.

In the UK, the game airs live on Premier Sports, while it is also streaming live online with 365.

Watch Mexico vs. NZ live here:

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Teams:

Mexico (coach Miguel Herrera): Moises Munoz; Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Rafa Marquez, Maza Rodriguez; Paul Aguilar, Juan Carlos Medina, Luis Montes, Carlos Pena, Miguel Layun; Oribe Peralta, Raul Jimenez.

New Zealand (coach Ricki Herbert): Glen Moss; Tony Lochhead, Tommy Smith, Leo Bertos; Michael McGlinchey, Ivan Vicelich, Jeremy Brockie, Kosta Barbarouses, Chris Wood, ; Jeremy Christie, Andrew Durante.

Pre-match briefing:

New Zealand are written off because for Mexico, qualification for the World Cup is expected. To not feature in Brazil is unthinkable for El Tricolor, who last missed the World Cup in 1990 when they were disqualified. They have not missed out on a World Cup since 1982.

With 105,000 fans likely to be packed into the Azteca, the All White face a tough ask if they are to return back across the Pacific for the second leg clinging on to hopes of being in Brazil in seven months time.

 But there is no bigger moment for New Zealand and form isn't made for these knockout soccer occasions. All the statistics point to a Mexican win but stranger things have happened - including when the All Whites pulled off an unlikely 1-1 draw with Italy in the World Cup Finals three years ago.

Winston Reid, the man who secured that draw in South Africa with a 93rd minute header, will be a hugh loss with the West Ham defender ruled out through an ankle injury.

Mexico have chosen to go with a largely domestic based squad meaning their is no Manchester United striker Javier Hern√°ndez, Giovani dos Santos, Guillermo Ochoa and Carlos Vela, who continues to turn down call-ups because of a dispute with the national federation.

But regardless of the absence of those key players, Miguel Herrera's Mexico should run out comfortable winners in the most hostile of arenas and all but book a ticket to Brazil ahead of the second leg in Wellington next Wednesday.

Mexico have lost only one qualifying match at the Estadio Azteca in their history and that came back in 2001 when Costa Rica escaped with the 2-1 victory and that shouldn't change."

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