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Rio 2016 Men’s Soccer Betting Predictions

Written by on August 8, 2016

If you’re wondering why the outcomes from the men’s side of Olympic group play has been a little bit different than what you would see in other international tournaments, that’s because Olympic play for the men is an Under-23 tournament. That’s why you’re seeing qualifying teams such as South Korea and Fiji, which normally don’t crack qualification for the big international tournaments. Let’s take a look at some soccer betting predictions for the rest of the bracket.

Rio 2016 Men’s Soccer Betting Predictions

Here are the most recently updated odds for the favorite teams to carry away the gold medal:Brazil 11-10Germany 5-1Argentina 17-2Portugal 7-1Mexico 10-1Colombia 14-1Nigeria 16-1Sweden 18-1Brazil came into the tournament as the hands-down favorites, given that Neymar was on the roster. However, they did not tally a single goal in either of their first two games in Group A. It’s not like this is the Group of Death, either. They could not muster a goal against Iraq or South Africa, and so the home side went through both games with scoreless draws. If they cannot get by Denmark, they are unlikely to qualify for a medal. Denmark is ahead of them in the group, as they were able to beat South Africa and played Iraq to a draw. Denmark features Jakob Blaabjerg and Edigeison Gomes in the center back, and they have shut down two attacks so far, and they have the confidence to take on Brazil. I think that Brazil will realize that their backs against the wall, though, and I’m predicting a 2-1 win for the host team as they advance out of the group. Mexico and South Korea will meet in their third Group C match, with the top spot in the group on the line. Mexico played Germany to a 2-2 draw before routing Fiji, 5-1, in the second game. Erick Gutierrez, Hirving Lozano and Oribe Peralta are all solid scoring threats, although Peralta and Rodolfo Pizarro will return to Mexico after picking up injuries on Sunday’s  5-1 victory over Fiji. Gutierrez had four of the team’s five tallies against Fiji, including three goals 10 minutes apart, the first time anyone had done that since 1972.South Korea, though, was even better against Fiji, putting the ball in the back of the net eight times. They also drew with Germany, 3-3, and they almost won that game but Serge Gnabry put a ball home during stoppage time. So I like both teams to put on an offensive show. However, I like South Korea to do a little more damage and to pull of a 4-3 victory.  Here are some other predictions for the final game of group play:Group A: Iraq 2, South Africa 1Group B: Colombia 3, Nigeria 2Group B: Sweden 3, Japan 1Group C: Germany 5, Fiji 0Group D: Argentina 5, Honduras 3Group D: Portugal 4, Algeria 1