Brazil vs Mexico – Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
This match is over.
Final score: Brazil 2 – 0 Mexico
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2nd July 2018 – 15.00 GMT
Samara Arena, Samara – TV: RTE
Brazil secured top spot in Group E thanks to victories over Costa Rica and Serbia which followed an opening day draw with Switzerland, who finished runners-up in the group.
Mexico’s passage to the last 16 was a little more traumatic. Despite impressive back-to-back wins over Germany and South Korea, a final day 3-0 defeat against Sweden left their hopes of qualification on a knife-edge. Only when news filtered through of the Germans final day loss, could they begin to celebrate.
Brazil have more quality throughout their ranks and should be favourites to win this with 1/2 the best value for a match winner on offer.
This game is likely to be closely-fought but it should be remembered than Brazil have conceded just once in the groups – a set-piece against Switzerland. They are a team who can nullify the opposition and with more quality in the attacking third, should have enough for victory. A 2-1 Brazil victory is a likely outcome and is priced at 17/2.
Knockout matches tend to be cagier affairs than group games as there is more significance upon the result with sides swaying more towards caution. Mexico are likely to adapt a conservative approach to this game and try to nullify Brazil’s attacking threat, whilst hitting on the counter-attack. This clash could follow a similar pattern to Brazil’s narrow group victories. Fewer than 2.5 goals is available at 3/4.
Brazil have lost just one of their last 23 matches and none of their last 14 in competitive games, a run stretching back to the June 2016.
- Brazil to win the World Cup at 10/3
Mexico have lost three of their last seven matches and have failed to score four times in that run, but did win two of their three group games.
- Mexico to qualify for the quarter-finals at 7/2