The unpredictable shaping of the Olympic football tournament has gifted us an unlikely final of Brazil v Mexico. Let’s not be too disappointed with the lack of a Spain or Uruguay in the final, but rather look at a hugely promising match that will have plenty of attacking flair.
The Brazilians have done everything we’ve expected of them throughout the Olympic tournament. Neymar has been sensational as the real leader going forward. And while there are a number of things to iron out in his game before a successful move to Europe can take place, he’s currently a phenomenal attacking athlete who will look to open up the Mexico defence.
Strength isn’t one of Neymar’s best attributes, nor is his ability to make the right decisions at key moments. But he has delivered when it’s mattered. He has shown the world that he is not just a great footballer in Brazil, but also in international play.
Not surprisingly, Leandro Damiao is now the leading goal scorer at the Olympics, as we suggested prior to the tournament kicking off. The powerful Brazilian striker has bagged six goals in the competition and has always looked assured and comfortable in front of goal.
The Internacional striker helped to guide Brazil to a convincing 3-0 victory over South Korea, bagging two goals for himself. He is quick thinking and has excellent instincts around the box. Expect him to continue in similar fashion against Mexico.
It is not clear yet whether we’ll see much from either Hulk or Lucas Moura in the final, as both were overlooked for the starting XI against South Korea. Hulk has been poor throughout the tournament, not giving much to Brazil’s exciting and dynamic attack.
As for Lucas Moura, I still believe he is lacking the experience and attitude to be a starter in this Brazil side. His talent has rightly caught the eye of many in Europe, specifically Manchester United, but he might be too much of a luxury for such a key fixture.
Lucas’ pace and trickery might see him get some minutes in the second half of the game. But Hulk, who was replaced by a much more defensive option in Alex Sandro, will have to earn his place back in the starting XI.
Mexico, however, will offer Brazil a real attacking scare, one that they’ve only seen from Honduras thus far.
Tottenham’s Gio Dos Santos will be one of Mexico’s key figures. The forward has really developed into a great performer for his country – a huge contrast to his club form in England.
His fitness was a concern prior to the Olympic games, but he has established himself well among this group. He’ll be looking to add to his three goals, and Brazil’s defence is sure to allow many openings on goal. And that’s where Mexico will find most of their joy: Brazil really do not have a solid defence with their full-backs constantly on the attack. Mexico can hassle and worry Thiago Silva and Inter Milan’s Juan, who is still extremely inexperienced.
Marco Fabian, however, will be the one to watch for Mexico. The midfielder has flown under the radar for many onlookers and really managed to impress on international duty. With his crisp passing and vision, he is sure to be one of the key creative outlets for Mexico.
The combination of Fabian and Dos Santos is enough to really make you think Mexico could go all the way for gold. They won’t hide and wait for a slip-up from the Brazilians, rather they’ll look to attack with pace and ferocity. The end-to-end attacks will be a great spectacle in this final.
Brazil v Mexico Betting Tips Advice
It is extremely difficult to bet against a Brazil side who have been this unrelenting and entertaining. They have their weaknesses, but they’ve never failed to impress in the attacking third.
We’re unlikely to see a huge margin in the final score, but there will be goals. The attacking talents of both teams outweigh the defences at both ends of the pitch.
My tip: Mexico are a mature and confident side, and their defensive unit is much more reliable. I am going against the grain here and opting for Mexico to upset Brazil, in what is sure to be a fantastic encounter. You can bet on Mexico at 3/1 in the betting with Bet365 Online Bookmaker.