Today’s Predictions: Brazil Vs Mexico
Brazil 2 – 0 Mexico
The 5th round of 16 match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 is between 5 times champions Brazil and the nation that stunned the defending champions, Mexico.
- Date : 2nd July 2018
- Time : 7:30 PM (IST)
- Venue : Samara Arena
Brazil have been given a comparatively favourable draw, as they face Mexico in the round of 16, having successfully avoided the other big guns. However, Mexico cannot be taken lightly either, as they stunned defending champions Germany in their opening game.
FIFA World Cup Qualification
Brazil have become a force to be reckoned with again under new coach Tite, who led the Selecao to 10 victories in 12 qualifying games, making them the first team to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018 and also maintain their record of qualifying for every single World Cup till date. They conceded just 3 goals in the qualifiers and enter this tournament as favourites.
Mexico topped their qualification group, as they almost always do due to the questionable quality of the teams in their region. The other two teams who qualified from their group were Panama and Costa Rica. Mexico scored the highest number of goals and also boasted of the best defense furing the qualifiers.
Brazil have been flying high every since their humiliating exit at the previous World Cup 2018 semi final stage. They have won 4 out of their last 5 matches, conceding just 1 goal, a run which includes a dominating win over current world champions Germany. More importantly, they played these matches without Neymar, something which will surely give their fans immense hope for a successful tournament.
Mexico have had a mixed run of form in recent weeks, with 3 wins out of their last 6 matches. A 3-0 win over fellow World Cup hopefuls Iceland would have boosted their confidence, but they went on to lose to Denmark and Croatia, meaning that their fans are not too sure about their chances at this summer’s tournament.
Brazil and Mexico in the World Cup So Far
Brazil were expected to demonstrate their famous free flowing brand of football and demolish every opposition team in this world cup. However, their fans would be disappointed, as they could not beat an inspired Swiss side despite taking an early lead. Brazil got their first win with two very late goals against Costa Rica, who had managed to frustrate the 5 time champions. They again repeated that feat with a comfortable win over Serbia to top their group.
Mexico caused the shock of the tournament by beating defending champions and pre tournament favourites Germany in their opening fixture. The most impressive thing, however, was that it was not a luck inspired victory, with the Mexicans displaying impressive energy levels and playing a high pressure and pacy game to totally shake the world champions. They followed that up with another precious win against South Korea, to all but secure qualification to the next round. However, in the last game they were brutally thrashed 3-0 by group toppers Sweden, but still managed to qualify.
Head To Head Record
These two nations have met a staggering 23 times in their history, with Brazil winning 12 and Mexico winning 7 of those games.
Brazil would be massively boosted by the return of Neymar, who has been resting since a severe injury that had ruled him out for several months at PSG. However, unlike the 2014 World Cup, Brazil’s greatest strength is that they do not solely rely on Neymar anymore. With a plethora of attacking talent at their disposal, the likes of Coutinho, Willian, Firmino etc have all been flourishing at the club level. Combine that with Real Madrid pair Marcelo and Casemeiro, the South American giants have quality spread across the field. David Luiz and Alex Sandro are two shocking exclusions from the final 23 man squad though.
Mexico will be boosted by the return of their marquee midfielder Guardado from a lengthy injury. Apart from him, most of their veteran star players are still there, and would be looking to finally take their team beyond the round of 16 stage, a stage where they have lost for the last 6 World Cups in a row.
Players To Watch Out For
Brazil have several world class players on offer, none more so than the magical Neymar, who has already shattered many goal scoring records at such a young age. Marcelo and Casemeiro are two of the best players in their respective positions, while they fluidity brought upon by Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino is a delight to watch.
Mexico have a few stars of their own, who are capable of hurting the strongest sides in the world on their day. Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez is one of the best poachers in world football, and is already the country’s highest scorer with 59 goals. Hirving Lozano was the best player in the Dutch League for PSV Eindhoven, and is expected to star for his country as well.
Brazil Vs Mexico Betting Odds And Key Statistics
- Brazil are understandably heavy favourites in this fixture, as they prepare for a potentially feisty encounter with Belgium in the quarter finals.
- Mexico have made the World Cup group stages 7 times in their history, but have never crossed the round of 16 stage.
- Brazil have won the World Cup a record 5 times, however their last title was 16 years ago, and they would be eager to add a 6th title to their collection.
- Neymar to score the first goal of the game is a bet we highly recommend, as he would be looking to silence his critics.
- Mexico conceded just 1 goal in the group stages of the 2014 World Cup.
Brazil were placed as the pre tournament favourites to win the cup, though they are still among the favourites, they haven’t looked very convincing. However, two back to back wins should give them the confidence to comfortably beat Mexico, who looked poor in their last game.
Our Predicted Scoreline : Brazil 2-0 Mexico