Tue, Jun 17, 6:17pm by Clarinda Campbell
Match: Brazil vs. Mexico – World Cup (Group Stage)
When/Where: 5:00am, Wednesday, June 18 2014 at Castelao
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BRAZIL and Mexico both emerged as winners from their respective World Cup opening matches last week and with both teams eyeing a spot in the qualifiers, this match takes on a lot more importance.
The third ranked Brazil defeated Croatia 3-1 and the 20th placed Mexicans got the better of Cameroon 1-0.
Brazil’s win over Croatia wasn’t without its talking points, but the game showed that Brazil could be pushed and that it wasn’t as formidable as first thought. Coming into this match there is an injury cloud over key forward Hulk, who pulled up sore in a recent training session.
Mexico’s tidy 1-0 win for Cameroon was notable for the man-of-the-match performance by Mexican forward Giovani dos Santos. He needs to follow up on that performance against Brazil for the Mexican team to be a chance.
Mexico has defeated Brazil on an international stage; winning the 2012 Olympic final. Mexico has also won seven of its last 13 against Brazil. Brazil won the last encounter between the sides 2-0 (2013 Confederations Cup).
Croatia were able to trouble the Brazilian defence and score, so the Mexican team (which has a proven record against Brazil and an in-form forward in dos Santos) should be able to notch up a goal or two. Brazil is tipped to win – they are the home country, have high aspirations of taking out the whole competition and have only lost one of its 34 matches in group stage in the World Cup since 1970. The betting market to look at is one that accounts for both teams scoring.
Both teams to Score
Yes: $1.95 with Sportingbet (better than the $1.91 with IASbet)
Both teams are tipped to score, which is currently offering a solid $1.95 with Sportingbet.
W-D-W & Both to Score
Brazil: $2.87 with IASbet
Brazil are currently $1.33 favourites to win the match, so if you’re looking for a bit of extra value then you can take Brazil in this market at $2.87 – the only catch is that both teams have to score.
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