Kick-off: 1500, 02/07/2018
Stadium: Samara Arena
TV: BBC One
Brazil and Mexico look to be going in different directions judged on the final set of group-stage fixtures and the Selecao are strong fancies to come out on top.
The five-time champions have improved with every game at this World Cup, whereas El Tri are under a cloud after being thrashed 3-0 by Sweden last time out.
We’re backing the South Americans at 23/20 to win to nil as our first Brazil vs Mexico prediction.
A Look At Brazil’s Betting Odds
After drawing with Switzerland and only seeing off Costa Rica in stoppage time, Brazil were much more efficient in easing past Serbia with a 2-0 triumph in Moscow.
Philippe Coutinho’s superb through ball set up Paulinho to break the deadlock on 36 minutes and Thiago Silva headed in a second after the interval.
There were a couple of shaky moments at the back, but head coach Tite will have been buoyed by a lively display from Neymar as he closes in on peak fitness following injury problems.
The manager declared he felt “at peace” after that win and added: “We don’t live off expectations, we live off reality – we are getting better.”
A Look At Mexico’s Betting Odds
Mexico earned many new admirers for their exciting attacking play in wins over Germany and South Korea but go into the knockout rounds shell-shocked after falling apart versus Sweden.
El Tri had an early chance through Carlos Vela but were then simply overpowered by the physicality of the Scandinavians.
Head coach Juan Carlos Osorio admitted switching from three centre-halves and a holding midfielder to four at the back proved a costly mistake.
“I am very hurt,” he said. “My feelings were that I wasn’t too happy with the way we defended at all.”
The Central Americans may now look to keep things tight early on, so a cagey opening period could be on the cards.
That makes 3/1 for a draw at half-time and then the Selecao to prevail worth adding to our Brazil vs Mexico betting tips.
Serbia 0-2 BRAZIL – Paulinho, Thiago Silva
MEXICO 0-3 Sweden
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