The 2020 Tokyo Olympics men’s soccer tournament has reached its final stage, with only two more games left to be played. The battle for the coveted Olympics medals will culminate with the third-place fixture between Japan and Mexico and the grand finals between Brazil and Spain.
First up is the third-place match between Japan and Mexico, slated for Friday, August 6. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics football finals will play out a day later, on Saturday, August 7, when we will crown the new Olympics champion. Here are our betting previews for the two games, with all the information you’ll ever need to place bets on Olympics Betting Odds.
2020 Tokyo Olympics Men’s Soccer Tournament – Third-Place and Finals Matches To Bet On
Japan vs. Mexico – Olympics Soccer Men’s Soccer Third-Place Match
Japan and Mexico will face off in the bronze medal match after they both suffered painful losses in the semi-finals.
In the semis, Japan met with a strong favorite in Spain, who they made work extremely hard to end up with a win. Despite being billed as heavy underdogs, Japan held on well and came extremely close to forcing penalty kicks; however, things did not go as planned.
Japan conceded a late goal in the 115’, just five minutes from the end of the extra time. Japan had their chances to take the lead in the match but failed to convert their shots.
Mexico suffered a similarly disappointing loss against Brazil. Mexico entered the match as +290 underdogs but soon proved that they’re more than just an outsider, keeping Brazil at bay throughout the 90 minutes and into the extra time.
However, disaster struck during the penalty shootout, where Brazil converted all four of their chances, while Mexico missed the opening two and suffered a devastating elimination.
Japan enter this match as slight favorites, which might seem fair. However, it’s important to note that Japan haven’t been too impressive of late.
Since securing a perfect record in the group stage, Japan failed to score a single goal in both of their knockout fixtures. Mexico, meanwhile, scored 14 goals across the tournament and at least one goal in each but one (vs Brazil) of their outings.
Mexico and Japan last met during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics group stage, where they both found the back of the net, albeit it was Japan who edged out a 2-1 victory.
There is a world where Japan secure another head-to-head victory and win bronze on their home soil. However, considering how efficient these two sides have been in scoring goals this tournament, it makes more sense for us to predict both will score at least once on Friday.
Prediction: Both Teams To Score
Brazil vs. Spain – Olympics Soccer Men’s Soccer Finals
- When: Saturday, August 7
Brazil and Spain will clash on Saturday in a Tokyo 2020 Olympics gold medal match, and it’s hard to imagine two teams that are more deserving to stand here. Both teams boast elite-level players who promise to produce an exciting bout between two of the best football teams in the world.
Brazil and Spain both had to work hard to make it into the finals, with Brazil needing penalties to edge out Mexico, while Spain scored a late 115’ goal to make it past the host nation, Japan. Since both teams had to play extra time last time out, we can expect some fatigue as the contest wears on, which is definitely something to consider when picking out the best bet.
It’s tough to set these two sides apart, but based on what we have seen over the tournament, Brazil seem to be far more stable in the back, seeing how they have not conceded once throughout the knockouts. At the same time, both teams are efficient in the final third, as they have plenty of attacking quality at their disposal.
We expect a close match, but if you had to pick a side, Brazil comes off as a better pick. Not only have Brazil displayed better all-around quality, but they also have a far more experienced roster, with players who know how to play these big games. Solid defense and veteran figures are two big reasons why we like the defending champions better.
Prediction: Brazil to win