Brazil got their Confederations Cup campaign of to an excellent start on Saturday with a 3-0 win over Japan and go into their second match against Mexico high on confidence.
Wonderkid Neymar got the home nation off to a cracking start at the weekend as he netted within three minutes to give Brazil the lead. Questions had been placed whether the immense pressure of the media and Brazilian fans would get to the striker but that goal came quick to silence his critics.
The 21-year-old was substituted late on in the game after picking up a knock but he is expected to be back in Luis Felipe Scolari’s side on Wednesday evening.
Paulinho netted Brazil’s second goal before Jo scored the third in the dying minutes with a sparking return to the national team after being frozen out of the national side for the past few years.
Mexico slipped up against Italy in their opening match after a 78th minute goal from Mario Balotelli gave the European side a late win but they hold a good recent record over Brazil.
Mexico have only lost three of their last twelve meetings and their most recent match saw a 2-0 friendly win for Jose da le Torre’s team in a friendly match in America last year.
Despite their recent record, Brazil’s excellent form on home soil means they are favorites to win the match with Paddy Power providing the best odds of 4/11.
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After his early goal in the tournament’s opening game, Neymar once again heads the first scorer markets with Ladbrokes offering 4/1.
That match kicks off at 8pm and is live on BBC Three and will be followed by the evening’s other Group A match between Italy and Japan which is on BBC One at 11pm.
For Japan to have any chance of progressing to the knockout stages of the tournament, they need a result tonight but the Blues have not been in good form of late and are the underdogs for the match.
Then on Thursday evening it’s the second round of fixtures in Group B with world champions Spain taking on the minnows of Tahiti in a match which is only going to go one way.
Spain dominated for large swathes during their opening match against Uruguay and despite only winning 2-1, it could’ve been a much bigger winning margin.
There is no value on betting on Spain at 1/200 and a Tahiti win is pretty much out of the question, with Bet365 offering 125/1.
Perhaps a better market to bet on this match is the final scoreline. A 6-0 Spain victory is the most popular score with most bookies, Bet365 offering 15/2 whilst a scoreline of 12-0 is available at 19/1 with Bet Victor.
That match is on BBC Three at 8pm on Thursday night whilst Nigeria v Uruguay takes place at 11pm and will be shown on BBC One.
A win for Nigeria would pretty much guarantee progress to the semi-finals although they’ll have to improve their finishing as they were rather wasteful against Tahiti and should’ve scored far more than six goals.
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