Place: Russia. Samara. Samara Arena.
Date: on the 2nd of July 2018 (Monday)
Match start: 15:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, 1/8 finals
Brazil (the head coach Tite)
According to the results of two rounds of a group stage, in the forthcoming match of the first round of the playoffs in Samara the meeting of penta champion with tetra champions was quite predictable. However, Germany has finished its rather unsuccessful performance in the FIFA World Cup in Russia with sensational and shameful defeat to South Korea (0:2). As a result, ex-world champions are going home, and Joachim Löw is going to declare about his resignation. And Mexico became the closest rival of Neymar, Coutinho and company. By the way, such pair for this part of the tournament stage of the playoffs at the beginning of the championship, was considered to be the most probable on the 14th of June.
During the last match of the group stage Brazil on Spartak arena has won over strong rival – the national team of Serbia (2:0). The holding midfielder Paulinyo and the central back Thiago Silva were the stars of that match. Thus, the team of Tite became the third national team of CONMEBOL which has got into the first round of the playoffs together with Uruguay and Argentina. In its turn, the team of Mladen Krstajić was the fourth representative of the continent that is leaving the FIFA World Cup in Russia after Poland, Iceland and Germany.
Mexico (the head coach Juan Carlos Osorio)
Last match between Mexico and Sweden in Yekaterinburg became the last in the capital of the Ural region. Yekaterinburg Arena is leaving the World Cup, however his fight of two mid-level teams of world football has turned out to be unforgettable.
The best team of CONCACAF began that match in the status of the bright favorite of the group. And hardly even the most severe critics of the coaching staff of Juan Carlos Osorio could assume that during that match Tre Kronor would destroy Mexico with the hockey score (0:3).
Of course, during the last minutes of the meeting, Mexico has already understood that it would leave the World Cup. However, the team of South Korea, in the injury time had won over Bundesteam (2:0). That became a real gift for Mexico.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Brazil vs Mexico
The history of opposition of the current rivals has 41 matches in which penta champions have won 24 victories and have suffered 7 defeats. Of course, today by the gaming level the team of Tite, headed by Neymar and Coutinho is considerably lower than Mexico. And this fact is very convincingly confirmed by the bookmaker quotations of the main outcomes: Brazil – 1.53, Mexico – 7.00.
The most important fights of the playoffs are beginning now. Of course, bearing in mind special Cup regulations of the forthcoming matches it isn’t always rational to bet on a flawless victory of the favorite during the main time. But, nevertheless, hardly penta champions will have problems with Mexicans.
Brazil – 1.53, draw – 4.33, Mexico – 7.00;