London 2012 football: Why Brazil and Mexico will reach the final
The Tipster is backing Mexico to beat Japan, and Brazil to ease to victory over South Korea in Tuesday's semi-finals at London 2012
Team GB’s premature exit from the London 2012 Olympic football tournament was disappointing for our patriotic Tipster, but our man-in-the-know has no choice but to move on and is backing an all-South American final between Brazil and Mexico.
Our resident betting expert is expecting Mexico to beat Japan, while also tipping Brazil to edge out South Korea in what could be a goal-fest of a semi-final.
Mexico to beat Japan – 2/1
Mexico are unbeaten at London 2012 with successive victories over Gabon and Switzerland following a goalless draw against South Korea in their opening group game. The South Americans sealed a 4-2 victory over Senegal in a thrilling quarter-final, and the Tipster reckons Mexico are excellent value to beat Japan at 2/1.
Mexico to beat Japan without conceding – 7/2
Mexico’s last-eight meeting with Senegal was certainly thrilling with a total of six goals – but they had been defensively solid until Saturday night, with Gabon, South Korea and Switzerland all unable to break their defensive resolve. So, The Tipster is backing Mexico to win and to keep a clean sheet against Japan is a great bet at 7/2.
Over 2.5 goals and Brazil to beat South Korea – 13/10
Brazil have brought plenty of flair and style to the Olympic tournament. They have scored three goals in every game, with three of their four matches finishing with over 3.5 goals. The Tipster expects them to beat South Korea and book their place in the final, and is tipping them to score more than 2.5 goals in the process at 13/10.
Over 3.5 goals in Brazil v South Korea – 9/4
Brazil were forced to come from behind to beat Honduras 3-2 and reach the semi-finals of the Olympic football tournament. It was the continuation of a growing trend, with three of Brazil’s four games at London 2012 finishing with a total of at least four goals. So The Tipster reckons over 3.5 goals is a solid bet in this one at 9/4.
The long shot: South Korea to score a penalty – 12/1
Stuart Pearce’s Team GB were unable to overcome South Korea in the quarter-final stage, as they showed nerves of steel to convert all five of their penalties and Daniel Sturridge missed the decisive spot-kick for the hosts. Brazil have conceded five goals at the Olympics so far, but South Korea’s best chance of a goal could well be from the spot in this semi-final. So The Tipster’s audacious long-range effort for this edition is for South Korea to score a penalty against Brazil at brilliant odds of 12/1.
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