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Brazil v Mexico tips: Last 16 clash could go the distance in Samara

| 01.07.2018

After a weekend of exhilarating and nail-biting last 16 ties, the World Cup action continues apace as pre-tournament favourites Brazil face Mexico in Samara.

Brazil eventually won Group E, despite underwhelming displays against Switzerland and Costa Rica. Meanwhile, Juan Carlos Osorio’s men took second spot in Group F with six points.

Previous meetings have been pretty well-matched, with Selecao boasting a slight edge. They’ve won two of the last four clashes, with one Mexican win and a 0-0 group stage draw in Brazil four years ago.

None of those clashes have seen more than two goals netted, and it’s 20/23 for Under 2.5 Goals in normal time here.

In the match betting, Brazil are 1/2 in 90 minutes. Meanwhile, it’s 6/1 for a Mexican triumph, while 3/1 says this one reaches extra-time.

Each of Sunday’s two last 16 games finished 1-1 in normal time. There’s 7/1 for another 1-1 draw in this clash, with the stakes extremely high.

In the Anytime Scorer market, Neymar at 19/20 is the only man at odds-on. Javier Hernandez at 14/5 is the Mexicans’ best shot.

Paulinho could also be of interest. The Barcelona ace’s goal against Serbia took his Selecao total to eight goals in his last 19 caps. He’s 10/3 to find the net in Samara.

El Tri tend to be strong starters. Three of their last four goals have hit the net before the 35-minute mark. It’s a sizeable 18/1 for Half-Time/Full-Time: Mexico/Draw.

So, what happens if this game goes the distance?

If it goes to penalties, the Brazilians have the pedigree. They’ve won three of their four World Cup shoot-outs, while Mexico have endured heartbreak in both of theirs.

It’s 12/1 for Brazil to triumph on pens once again.

However it happens, the focus for each side will simply be to qualify. Brazil are 2/9 to make it through, with Mexico 3/1 for a quarter-final spot.

Click here for the latest Brazil v Mexico odds.

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



Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.