Mexico was derided with the World Cup betting odds from the very start. A bad draw in Group F put them with two formidable teams. Defending champion Germany was a top tier chalk to repeat. And thought to be an unstoppable Machine. Sweden has always been respected for being a sound squad. And Mexico has no history as an elite program. Yet their win over Germany was the shot heard round the world. And the deciding factor in their Round of 16 qualification. But now they must face the other top favorite. Brazil may be the best team on Earth.
2018 FIFA World Cup Brazil vs. Mexico
Date and Time: Monday, July 2, 2018, 10 a.m. ET
Location: Cosmos Arena, Samara
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Winner Advances, Loser Goes Home
The World Cup Betting Odds winner of this match will advance to the Round of Eight. The Loser goes home. Brazil is the 7/2 favorite to win the World Cup. Mexico is a 40/1 longshot selection to win the tournament.
Mexico so Far
Regardless of what happens Mexico will always bask in the glow of their 1-0 win over Germany. The Tri was written off for dead before the match. But instead the victory catapulted them into the knockout stage. In their second match Mexico defeated South Korea 2-1. The South Koreans did not score until game’s end. However, in their Group finale reality seemed to kick in. Sweden scored a dominant 3-0 win over The Tri.
Brazil so Far
Brazil was solid though often unspectacular in Group E play. Selecao won the Group in workmanlike fashion. The opening game seemed to shock Brazil into getting their minds right. Switzerland played them to a 1-1 draw. The Swiss scored their goal off a lazy Brazilian lapse. Selecao blew several chances to score. It was cause for manager Tite to rein in the group. And get back to basics.
In their second match Brazil earned a 2-0 win over Costa Rica. The match win better demonstrated Brazil’s ability to control the pitch. And it set them on course to close out the Group. Against Serbia the Brazilians scored another 2-0 win to clinch the Foursome. While Brazil was not uber dominant they got the job done. And unlike stunned Germany they are very much alive.
Important Brazilian Players
Four players for Brazil have carried the initiative. Philippe Coutinho leads Brazil with two goals. Neymar, Thiago Silva, and Paulinho each have a goal. Neymar is considered to be one of the world’s great talents. But Neymar does not always play with full focus. This has been the great challenge for Tite. And more often than not the manager has gotten the best out of his star.
Tite has made as big of a sportsbook online difference as anyone. Brazil was poorly led when they hosted the 2014 World Cup. The experience was a debacle. But the script was flipped by Tite. He has Brazil disciplined and fundamental. Yet does so without holding down their immense talent.
Matchup to Watch
Mexico has been a great story with the World Cup Betting Odds. But Brazil is at an entirely different level. Selecao’s depth is the matchup difference.
World Cup Betting Odds Picks
Brazil should assert its authority as the superior and deeper team.
World Cup Betting Online Pick: Brazil 2
World Cup Betting Online Score Prediction: Brazil 2, Mexico 0
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