World Cup Round of 16: Brazil v Mexico

Day 19 will start with Group E winners Brazil taking on the Runners up of Group F Mexico at the Samara Arena.

Stats

What’s their current form?
Brazil got off to a slow start, being held to a 1 all draw with Switzerland before scoring back-to-back 2-0 victories over Costa Rica and Serbia.

Mexico had an emotional Group stage. After scoring a shock 1-0 win over defending champions and highly fancied Germany they then beat South Korea 2-1 before going down 3-0 to Sweden in the last match, which they though had seen them knocked out, as they assumed that Germany would easily account for South Korea. However Germany suffered another shock loss, which meant Mexico survived.

Lineups
Brazil: Alisson; Fagner, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Coutinho, Fernandinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar.
Mexico: Ochoa; Salcedo, Ayala, Moreno, Gallardo; Layun, Herrera; dos Santos, Guardado, Lozano; Hernandez.

Any interesting facts I should know?
Brazil are now undefeated in their last 24 games, while Mexico has lost back-to-back games just once since October 2013.

What should I be betting on?
Brazil have been cruising so far, expect them to step it up here and score in each half.

Wolf’s Prediction

After a slow start Brazil are warming to the task and that is bad news for Mexico. The Round of 16 has been a nightmare for the Mexicans and they are staring down the barrel of a 7th consecutive exit at this stage. They were completely outplayed by Sweden and will need a dramatic turnaround in form to challenge Brazil. Fernandinho looks set to be injected into Brazil’s starting XI while Filipe Luis will replace Marcelo if he fails to pass a fitness test. As good as the Brazilian attack is, it is their defence which does not get enough credit. They are unbeaten in 14 games and have 6 clean sheets in their last 7. Neymar is looking more and more dangerous with every game and it is their options off their bench which will ensure that they tear the Mexican defence to shreds. With Messi and Ronaldo out, the stage is set for Neymar to usurp the throne.

Recommended Bets

Best: HT/FT – Brazil/Brazil ($2.25)
Other: Teams To Score – Brazil Only ($2.30)
Value: Neymar 1st and Last Goalscorer ($9.00)


FAQ’s

TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news

What time is kick off? The game starts at 6pm (local time) on July 2. In Australia, kick-off will be at 1am on July 3rd.

What TV Channel is it on and can I live stream it? In Australia, the only network with live broadcast rights is SBS. SBS Radio will also cover games that aren’t broadcast. Optus Sport in Australia will broadcast every game live as well via live streaming, however it will be available to subscribers only.

What’s the team news and who’s injured? Brazil’s Danilo will miss this match with a thigh injury. It’s not a serious concern, so he’s expected just to miss this match.

Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.

What happened the last time they played each other? There have been 39 games between these sides, with Brazil scoring 22 wins to Mexico’s 10, with the other 7 games drawn. They last met in 2015 where Brazil won 2-0.

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