They say that in life – and sport – timing is everything. In the last round of group matches of World Cup 2018, Brazil produced their best performance of the tournament to date, while Mexico delivered their worst. Will that be of relevance when the pair meet in the last 16 on Monday? Let’s take a look in our Brazil vs Mexico betting tips.
There should be a nice clash of styles when these two meet in Samara. Brazil will enjoy plenty of possession of the ball, and will need to make the most of it if they are to break down a resolute Mexico side.
As for the Mexicans, they are comfortable playing on the break – as they showed in downing reigning champions Germany in their first game, and will utilise the pace of Hirving Lozano down the left. Javier Hernandez, as ever, will be a willing accomplice.
The question, perhaps, is can they stop the Brazilians from scoring? You sense once Tite’s side get in front they are going to be very difficult to catch.
That’s just one of several narratives to break down in our Brazil vs Mexico betting tips.
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Brazil vs Mexico Betting Tips
The Brazilians are now clear favourites to win World Cup 2018, and while that is fair enough given the talent at their disposal have we seen enough from them to suggest they will lift the trophy on July 15?
Clearly, they have the talent. Neymar and Philippe Coutinho are electric down the left hand side, and you suspect it’s just a matter of time before Gabriel Jesus gets amongst the goals.
At the other end of the field, they have conceded just once in 270 minutes of football, and so their house is in good order.
Mexico’s 0-3 defeat to Sweden was rather more difficult to fathom. Level at half time, the Swedes dominated the second period and the Mexicans had no answer, and the concern for them is that if Brazil bring their samba magic on Monday can they cope defensively?
There will be plenty of talk about the absent Marcelo, whose back injury flared up against Serbia last time out, but actually you wonder if the bigger loss is Mexican: their centre half Hector Moreno.
It doesn’t appear as if the Mexicans have a ready-made replacement – other than perhaps 39-year-old Rafael Marquez, whose ageing legs may just struggle to cope with the youthful vigor of Gabriel and co.
Brazil are way too short at 9/20 to win this game, but Brazil to Win & Over 2.5 Goals is available at 5/4 with William Hill, and that looks well worth a try.
Brazil vs Mexico Betting Tips: Side Markets
It’s very rare for us to touch the ‘player props’ markets; there just never seems to be enough value to make it worth the while.
But actually, NetBet have got some cracking prices available for this game.
And so we’re going to dive in with Gabriel Jesus – Over 1.5 Shots, available at 4/5. The Manchester City frontman looks poised for a strong showing here.