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Brazil vs Mexico: Barcelona stars of past and present to net

| 17.06.2014

The Selecao overcame an early own-goal setback against Croatia to claim a controversial 3-1 victory and despite Mexico proving a tricky opponent in the past, Brazil still look good for a win over El Tri.

There could be a distinct Barcelona theme to this World Cup encounter with current star Neymar backed to shine along with forgotten Catalan youngster Giovani Dos Santos, who is due a goal after the controversies in Mexico’s win over Cameroon.

Neymar to score first @ 3/1

Brazil’s main man came to the rescue against Croatia, scoring the Selecao’s equaliser before grabbing the crucial second goal from the penalty spot to start his World Cup with a bang and we’re confident the good times can continue against Mexico.

Neymar made a habit of scoring early goals at the Confederations Cup scoring the first in Brazil’s wins over Japan and most importantly Mexico. A friendly win over Panama saw the new Pele score the opener again and we are confident he can start with a bang against a defensively poor Mexico.

Over 3.5 total goals to be scored @ 7/5

Thursday’s 3-1 victory over Croatia was also notable for the fact that it was the fourth Brazil game in their last six to feature four goals or more and despite the slender nature of Mexico’s 1-0 win over Cameroon, we are predicting another goal heavy game.

El Tri may have been unfortunate not to score more against the Indomitable Lions but their African opponents nevertheless had plenty in the way of chances against Mexico. Brazil could ship a goal, but we predict they will find the net more than a few times here.

Giovani Dos Santos to score anytime @ 4/1

Having one World Cup goal incorrectly chalked off is bad enough, but Dos Santos had it twice as bad against Cameroon after two legitimate strikes were disallowed for offside in what would have been an explosive start to the World Cup for the former Tottenham man.

Dos Santos nevertheless impressed against the Indomitable Lions, with his two “goals” coming via a well-taken header and a sumptuous volley, and looks the best pick to find the net against a Brazil side that looked more than a little nervous at the back against Croatia.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.