Brazil vs Mexico Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
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Date: July 2nd, 2018 – 10:00 ET
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Brazil eased through to the last 16 courtesy of a 2-0 win over Serbia. The Selecao haven’t been at their free-flowing best but they have been effective and they have continue their excellent pre-tournament form in Russia. They topped Group E and will fancy their chances against Mexico. They are defensively resolute and have kept clean sheets in two of their last three games. El Tri ended the group stage in disappointing fashion after slipping up against Sweden. They conceded three times and couldn’t find a way through despite dominating possession. They will need to be significantly better in this game. They have crashed out of the competition at this stage in each of their last six appearances and that remarkable record looks set to continue here. Brazil should win this and can be backed at 1.50 with Betway.
Brazil vs Mexico Preview
Brazil aren’t solely reliant on Neymar. The PSG-man is exceptionally talented but his antics have divided opinion at the tournament so far. He has found the back of the net and also created a number of opportunities for his teammates. Brazil’s squad is packed full of talent but their solid defence has been the star of the show so far, keeping two clean sheets and conceding just a single goal. Only Switzerland have found a way past them in the last seven games and their extremely effective back-line could be the difference here.
Mexico ended the group stage with a disappointing result against Sweden. After the euphoria of beating Germany and South Korea, Juan Carlos Osorio’s side went from group leaders to a side desperately clinging on to second place. They have a number of dangerous players in the final third but they will need to tighten up defensively after keeping just a single clean sheet in their last three matches. They’ve netted three times so far and they’ll be hoping the likes of Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez can cause the opposition problems in this fixture.
Brazil have made a habit of winning 2-0 in this competition and it’s a scoreline which could land yet again here. They always take a while to break through before making it comfortable late on. Mexico are unlikely to capitulate but they’ve not found the net against this opposition in any of their three previous meetings. This correct score is available at 5.96 with Bodog and looks the best option in this market.
Juan Carlos Osorio said he was ‘hurt’ by his team’s performance and he is likely to ensure his side tighten up at the back ahead of this fixture. They are unlikely to buckle as easily as they did against Sweden but this is a tough test for El Tri. Brazil have plenty of firepower but they only netted five times during the group stage and none of their matches have featured three or more goals. Under 2.5 Goals looks a sensible wager in this fixture especially with so much at stake. It can be backed at 1.79 with Sports Interaction.
Unsurprisingly, Brazil are overwhelming favourites to secure their place in the next round of the competition and can be backed at 1.50 with Betway. These two sides drew at the 2014 World Cup and another stalemate is available at 4.00 whilst a Mexico win can be backed at 9.00.
- Mexico have failed to score against Brazil in each of their last three meetings and have never netted against this opposition at a World Cup. Brazil to win to nil is available at 2.30 with Betway
- This is Mexico’s seventh consecutive appeareance in the round of 16
- These two sides played out a goalless draw at the 2014 World Cup
- Brazil have netted five goals at the tournament so far with Phillipe Coutinho the only player to have netted more than once
- Each of Mexico’s three goals at the 2018 World Cup have been scored by a different player.
- Mexico commanded 65% possession against Sweden and had 19 attempts on goal but couldn’t find a way through