2014 FIFA World Cup: Brazil vs. Mexico Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/17/14
World Cup: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm (Brazil)
The Line: Mexico +950 See the Latest Odds
In a highly anticipated World Cup matchup on Tuesday afternoon, Brazil and Mexico will take the field. With both teams sitting pretty with three points, the winner of this match will advance to the next round.
Brazil got a little lucky in its opening match against Croatia. They came out absolutely flat and benefited off a controversial call that gave them a penalty kick. The kick changed the momentum of the game and resulted in a 3-1 win. Brazil looked a little shaky defensively and a little rattled due to the overwhelming pressure from the home crowd. The good news for Brazil is that Neymar scored two goals in the win and looked like a man on a mission. If he can continue his aggressive play, Brazil will be in great shape.
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Mexico overcame horrible rainy weather and two offside goals to eventually beat Cameroon, 1-0. Mexico’s defense was pretty solid and their offense was aggressive to the point the refs had to wipe away two of their three goals in the win. Oribe Peralta, who has been a monster during World Cup qualifying for Mexico, scored the game winner. Mexico did a wonderful job of limiting Cameroon’s shots and controlling the pace of the game. Of course, Mexico is in for a much taller task on Tuesday against a Brazil squad loaded with offensive weapons.
These two teams already have lengthy history against one another and it’s certainly going to increase the competition level with the winner advancing to the next round. A draw is certainly in play with the odds being what they are, but I’m going to take a chance with Mexico at the price we’re getting.
While Brazil’s jitters should be long gone after surviving their first match, I simply didn’t like the energy level of the home team. Mexico is going to be playing loose, while Brazil knows all eyes are on them to win this matchup.
I’ll take my chances with the insane price. Remember, however, this is simply a value pick. Wager carefully.