Brazil vs Mexico Betting Preview

Brazil is coming off a 3-1 win in their first group match facing Croatia, but they were less than impressive and two very questionable calls led to two of their goals. Still, they are a major betting favorite facing Mexico where first place in the group is at stake.

Mexico beat Cameroon in their opener 1-0, but it should have been more with two goals wrongly ruled out for offside before the first half. Mexico goalie Guillermo Ochoa made a great save late in the match off a header to preserve the win.

Bet365 has Brazil as the HUGE World Cup betting favorite in the match posted at -333 with Mexico at +1000 and a draw line of +500.

While Mexico is the big underdog they did beat Brazil in the finals of the London Olympics and have come out on top six times in the last 15 years facing the World Cup host.

Brazil started off the Croatia match very slowly and had to comeback from behind for the win. What was encouraging for Brazil was the play of Oscar and while not his best match striker Neymar had two goals.

Oribe Peralta scored the goal for Mexico in the Cameroon match and he scored the two goals against Brazil in the Olympic final.

Mexico will come out on the attack and if Brazil is lethargic like they were early on in the Croatian match they have a shot to score early. Dani Alves is the leader of the Brazilian defense, but pushing forward he leaves a lot of space behind him and Mexico will have to pounce on that, especially when given counter-attack chances.  

Neymar and Hulk have the advantage over the Mexico defense in terms of pace and it is key that the Mexicans have a solid match in the midfield.

Mexico comes into this match with confidence, but Brazil will play a much better match then did against Croatia and they will win this match.

Odds to be the first goal scorer from Bovada:

Neymar    11/4
Fred    7/2
Hulk    9/2
Jo    4/1
Oscar    5/1
Bernard    7/1
Anderson Hernanes    10/1
Paulinho    9/1
Willian    10/1
Javier Hernandez    11/1 (Mexico)
Oribe Peralta    10/1 (Mexico)
Fernandinho    12/1