Brazil v Germany Olympics 2016 Final Predictions & Betting Odds – 20th August 2016

Germans do deny Brazil their golden moment

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Brazil v Germany Betting Preview – Olympics 20th August

The men’s football tournament at Rio 2016 has boiled down to host nation Brazil taking on European giants Germany. Many Brazilians will still be casting their minds back to that dark night in Belo Horizonte, when Germany’s senior side demolished Brazil 7-1 in the 2014 World Cup Semi Final. Now the two sides, albeit younger sides than what we’re out for that semi final clash, go at it again in the Gold Medal Match at the Olympics 2016. Will Brazil be able to get some partial redemption? Will it be Germany who lays down more footballing authority?

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Brazil v Germany Olympics 2016 Final

Brazil v Germany Betting Tips

It’s important to note of course that this is pretty much an under-23 contest. So you aren’t going to see the likes of Thomas Muller knocking around. The headline star of Brazil’s challenge of course is Barcelona’s Neymar, who is pretty much carrying the weight of expectation of the nation all on his shoulders. Brazil have been waiting and waiting to land an elusive gold medal in the men’s soccer at the Olympics, the five times World Championship never ever having claimed it. With the disappointment of the women’s team missing out on a medal, losing to Canada in the bronze medal match, all eyes will be on the famous Maracana to see if the Selecao can literally bring it home this time around. This to Brazil, matters.

Brazil were very slow out of the gates in the tournament. They managed only draws against South Africa and Iraq and the nation was starting to desert the team, doing their own players on the pitch. But in their final group game, Gabriel Barbosa netted their first goal of the tournament and that fired Brazil into life. They went on to beat Denmark in that final group stage match 4-0, then posted a 2-0 quarter final win over Colombia and then Neymar sparked a goal-fest in their semi final against Honduras. The golden boy scored after just 15 second (the quickest ever in Olympic history) and Brazil ran out 6-0 winners. So now they have find their feet, can they hold their nerve as they take on Germany? Neymar is even money in the anytime goalscorer market for the Olympic Final.

Where Brazil have come to life, you have seen Germany run through the tournament as a model of efficiency and control. Die Mannschaft did only finish second in their group behind South Korea, but had no trouble in getting past Portugal and Nigeria in the knockout stages to make it through to the final in Rio. So Germany have made it through the knockouts with six unanswered goals, while Brazil have made it through with eight unanswered goals. You are looking at a quote of 4/5 on the game going over 2.5 goals. Remarkably, Germany aren’t even at their strongest as they did not take Leroy Sane, Emre Can or Joshua Kimmich because of Euro 2016 participation.

But as a unit they have looked stronger and stronger as the tournament has gone on and they have quality up top though Serge Gnabry, Julian Brandt and Max Meyer. They are all around the 5/2 mark to net. This game could all be decided by Germany’s attacking full backs. Brazil have the width to exploit them if the Germans get caught too far forward and this makes an interesting balance. Brazil have been strong enough at the back to suggest that they can hold their own against Germany’s exciting young attacking unit, but equally, Germany have looked cool and collected under pressure and when it comes to delivering tactically, who better than Die Mannschaft to nail it?

Brazil v Germany Betting Odds

Brazil 21/20, Draw 5/2, Germany 5/2

Brazil v Germany Predictions

Brazil have thrilled since their opening two forgettable matches of the tournament. They have come to life but still have perhaps the biggest battle of all, dealing with the mental pressures on home soil of trying to win a gold medal for the first time. Germany won’t be feeling that pressure and the Europeans may just have enough in their depth to pull this one out of the back. Germany to win.

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