Brazil vs Mexico Prediction Pick – 7/2/18

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Knockout Round: BRA vs. MEX

Brazil vs. Mexico July 2, 2018- 10:00 PM ET (TV FOXS1) Cosmos Arena, Russia

In what I feel may be the highlight game of the tournament, Brazil and Mexico will clash in what should be an highly entertaining matchup on Monday at Cosmos Arena in a knockout round showdown that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;

Mexico Brazil
Moneyline
-209 +616
Total
2.5 2.5

The last of 16 between the Brazilians and Mexicans is expected to be a slugfest when both teams hit the turf, though one might not think so with the sportsbooks favoring Brazil with a (-209 ML) to (+616) for Mexico?

The Mexicans could have avoided having to get past Brazil had they had won their Group Stage but their failure to do so may prove costly unless they can find that fire that has gotten them thus far.

For the Brazilians, they will enter this matchup “business as usual” feeling they have been playing knockout football since their second match after playing to a draw in their opener versus Switzerland. Taking heed that they needed to play better, the five-time World Cup champions won back-to-back games followed by a draw to win Group Stage E.

Mexico for their part looked like world beaters in the early games but couldn’t close out a Sweden team that may come back to haunt them has they have failed to defeat the Brazilians in four World Cup matches, including the 2014 World Cup in host Brazil.

El Tri with already having defeated defending champion Germany 1-0 to open Group Stage play, we don’t expect the Mexicans to be intimidated by La Canarinha.

Prediction/Pick

Lingering in the back of the minds of the Mexicans is that they have dropped six straight Round of 16 fixtures, so will having to advance against Brazil be too much of a task to accomplish? For sports betting purposes from our best sportsbooks for this BRA vs. MEX matchup, MyBookie is favoring Brazil (-209 ML) over Mexico (+616 ML) with an over/under of 2.5 goals total game goals scored from Intertops.

History has shown these matches to be low scoring and with that in mind, I will favor the UNDER of 2.5 total game goals scored as my best betting pick.