World Cup 2018: Brazil vs Mexico prediction

The only second round tie that doesn’t contain a European side, Brazil taken on an exciting Mexico national team on Monday.

Brazil started slowly with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland and beating Costa Rica 2-0 with both goals in stoppage time, before a convincing 2-0 victory over Serbia to end the group.

Neymar has spent more time on the ground than trying to find the back of the net to date but Philippe Coutinho has been one of the stars of the tournament so far, whilst Willian has performed well, as has Douglas Costa in the limited time he has been given.  Not sold on Gabriel Jesus yet though.

This Brazil defence hasn’t been tested much but I still think they will be vulnerable when an attacking team like Mexico give them a go.  Between Javier Hernandez and Hirving Lozano there has to be a goal or two in this side on Monday.

Expecting this to be one of the best second round ties, and although Brazil are widely expected to come out on top, the central American nation have good attacking ability that should make it a great game.  They also kept a clean sheet versus Germany and goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa ended the group stage having made the most saves.

Brazil at 1.51 in 90 minutes isn’t great value, so I’m looking at overs in this one.

Best bet: Over 2.5 goals is 2.00 with Betfair

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