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Olympics frontrunners Brazil, Spain and Uruguay 5/4 to all win openers

| 26.07.2012

The men’s football gets underway on Thursday with Brazil (6/4), Spain (9/4) and Uruguay (7/1) rated the three most impressive sides taking part. They all start off with matches that they are convincing favourites to win, with odds of 5/4 offered on each of the trio triumphing…

Spain to beat Japan @ 2/5 (14:45)
For once, Spain aren’t entering an international tournament as favourites, however they have a strong squad packed with players who delivered at the European Under-21 Championship last year and featuring Euro 2012 winners Jordi Alba, Javi Martinez and Juan Mata. Spain secured gold the last time they participated in a Europe-based Olympics in 1992 and silver when last involved in 2000, have to be fancied over a Japan side who lost five of their six games at the 2004 and 2008 editions.

Uruguay to beat UAE @ 2/7 (17:00)
There is much to admire about Uruguay both in terms of their Olympic pedigree as two-time gold-medal winners who have never lost a match at the Games and their recent success, winning Copa America in 2011 and reaching the semi-finals at World Cup 2010. They have one of the fiercest attacks in the tournament with Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez and Abel Hernandez at their disposal and should outclass a UAE team with nowhere near as much top-level experience.

Brazil to beat Egypt @ 1/4 (19:45)
Brazil are gold-medal favourites despite having competed 11 times before without getting the job done. They have started out with a victory on four of the last five occasions that they have qualified though and look well equipped to do so again with a squad that appears the most complete of all on show. They have the likes of Thiago Silva and Marcelo at the back, a wealth of much-hyped midfield talent like Oscar and Lucas and frightening forward options like Neymar, Hulk and Alexandre Pato.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.