Date/Time: June 19th, 3:00 p.m. ET
Soccer Betting Odds from WagerWeb Sportsbook
Asian Handicap: Brazil -1 and -1.5 (-106)
Total: 2.5 and 3 (Over -114)
On Wednesday afternoon , we begin the second fixtures of the group stage for the eight teams vying for the Confederations Cup. The soccer betting odds show Brazil as a strong favorite for this match which takes place at 3:00 PM EST in the beautiful city of Fortaleza, Brazil at the Estadio Castelao.
It wasn’t as pretty as the final score line indicated, but the host country did what needed to be done and secured three points from their first match in a 3-0 win over Japan. The superstar of the team, Neymar, got the scoring off to a fast start in the 3rd minute striking a golazo one-time into the upper corner of the net after a chest pass from Fred. Brazil sputtered most of the rest of the first half, struggling to find the rhythm that they are famous for, but still outclassing a Japanese squad that had a hard time handling the Samba Boys. Mexico will present a step up in competition for a Brazilian side that may struggle if they play the way they did against the Japanese on Saturday.
It was thought that a trip down to Brazil to compete in the Confederations Cup would be a nice change of pace for a Mexican squad that has been abysmal by their high standards so far in World Cup qualifying. However, with another lackluster performance in a 2-1 loss to Italy in picturesque Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, manager Jose Manuel de la Torre finds his seat blisteringly hot heading into the match against one of the best teams in the world. The story of Mexico in CONCACAF qualifying has been the team’s puzzling inability to score goals and it was no different against Italy. Other than drawing a foul in the penalty area, which led to a Chicharito goal from the spot in the 34th minute, the Mexican attack was again struggling to get out of first gear. They can be somewhat forgiven since they were going against G Gianluigi Buffon and one of the best defensive sides in the world, but this squad will need to show an offensive spark against Brazil or face the prospect of an early exit.
With only three goals scored in six matches during World Cup qualifying, it’s hard to believe that Mexico has a shot here and is simply playing out the string before Manuel de la Torre is sacked. It is hard to imagine a scenario where the manager keeps his job if Mexico can’t get out of the group stages of the Confederations Cup. Brazil is simply a class ahead of Mexico at this point and with a raucous home crowd cheering them on every step of the way, expect Brazil to find the back of the net twice to all but guarantee its spot in the semi-finals.
Brazil vs. Mexico Pick: Brazil -1 and -1.5 (-106) b>
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