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Football Prediction – Mexico vs Brazil

Football Prediction – Mexico vs Brazil

Mexico Under-23s and Brazil Under-23s renew hostilities in the semi-finals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics men’s football tournament, Tuesday morning. Here is our football prediction – Mexico vs Brazil – for this rematch of the Gold Medal game from London 2012.

Jaime Lozano’s team advanced to the final four after defeating South Korea Under-23s in a goal fest. Mexico beat South Korea but not before the match went up to 3:6 (the football news).

While the reigning champions defeated Egypt, as our football prediction called for them to do, by a goal to nil.

Team news

Mexico

  • Mexico will have to make at least one defensive change as right-back Jorge Sanchez is suspended for accumulating bookings. In his place, they may call Jesus Angulo to deputize here with Erick Aguirre also being a major doubt.
  • Carlos Rodriguez from Monterrey missed the quarter-final win due to suspension, but he is eligible for this match. This could put Jose Esquivel’s spot in the engine room in jeopardy.
  • Diego Lainez from Real Betis has had to settle for two substitute appearances in his side’s last two games. Now however, he has a good chance of replacing Uriel Antuna here.

Mexico Under-23s possible starting lineup: Ochoa; Lorona, Montes, Vasquez, Angulo; Rodriguez, Cordova, Romo; Lainez, Martin, Vega

Brazil

  • Cunha, Brazil’s match-winner suffered thigh trouble in the quarter-final. So, he will be evaluated on a regular basis ahead of Tuesday’s semi-final.
  • If the 22-year-old is deemed unable to play from the start, the tournament’s leading scorer, Richarlison, could play centrally. In this case, Paulinho will be coming in on the left side.
  • Douglas Luiz returned to the starting lineup after serving his suspension against Egypt. Here, he should continue alongside Lyon lynchpin Bruno Guimaraes, but Arsenal starlet Gabriel Martinelli was not included in Saturday’s squad.

Brazil Under-23s possible starting lineup: Santos; Alves, Nino, Carlos, Arana; Guimaraes, Luiz; Antony, Claudinho, Paulinho; Richarlison

Football Prediction – Mexico vs Brazil

  • Defeat to host nation Japan dampened spirits. However, dominant victories over underwhelming France and South Africa teams saw Mexico book their place in the Tokyo knockout rounds. Here, South Korea faced them, last Saturday morning.
  • Mexico’s quarter-final match against South Korea saw the net ripple nine times at the International Stadium Yokohama. And Lozano’s men scored six of these goals during this enthralling spectacle.
  • Brazil’s quarter-final match against Egypt Under-23s, on the other hand, was a much more low-key affair. Only one goal separated the two sides that were evenly matched at the Saitama Stadium 2002.
  • Fortunately for Selecao fans, the game’s lone goal came in the 37th minute from Hertha Berlin’s Matheus Cunha. Cunha scored the game’s only goal to keep Brazil’s hopes of back-to-back Olympic titles alive.

The loss of Cunha would be a devastating blow to Brazil in this crucial battle. However, Richarlison, for one, is showing no signs of slowing down in Tokyo. And he will not hesitate to punish a porous Mexican defense.

Lozano’s men have plenty of attacking talent of their own, but we simply cannot look past Brazil’s collection of talents.

So, we are rooting for the Selecao to take another giant step towards defending their title.

Our Prediction: Mexico Under-23s 1-2 Brazil Under-23s

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