The opening encounter of the world cup would be between the hosts South Africa and Mexico. Both teams aren't expected to progress too far in the tournament.
Most of South African players play in the local leagues and may lack the experience to win matches on the big stage and they are ranked as low as 83. One key point in their favour is, the home support and they have a good coach in Perreira.
South Africa likely would go for a 4-4-2 formation. If they have to progress to the next round, they need their inspirational play maker from Everton, Pienaar to fire. Mphela can be a decent striker upfront. Both wingers Modise and Tshabala can also play key roles for the Bafana Bafana side.
Mexico had a good result against Italy in their warm up match as they defeated them and they too have a good chance of winning the first match against the hosts.
I do expect Mexico to dominate the possession with their quick passing. Mexico may depend on their skipper Marquez to stop the threat of Pienaar and if he succeeds in doing it, South Arica are in trouble. Upfront they would look at Santos, Blanco and the talented Hernandez for inspiration.
To be frank, It is tough to pick a winner in this match. Mexico are perhaps more talented, but as South Africa have the home support, they may just get a narrow win. Actually, I would always like to see the hosts do well!