Brazil vs Mexico 2014 World Cup Preview

Marking the first match in the second round of Group fixtures at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, host nation Brazil will be aiming to continue their impressive form and consolidate their position atop Pool A when meeting classy Central America outfit Mexico at the Estadio Castelao tomorrow morning at 5am AEST.

Remaining clear favourites to lift the 2014 FIFA World Cup trophy on July 13th after comfortably mauling Croatia 3-1 in the tournament’s opening fixture, Brazil will arguably face a much tougher task in a solid Mexican outfit which also secured three tournaments point when sneaking past Cameroon 1-0 in the first round of Pool games.

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Brazil

How They Will Play

Charging back up the FIFA World Rankings following the appointment of manager Luis Felipe Scolari last year, Brazil have returned to status as one of the world’s most potent football teams and will lay the pressure on Mexico from the game’s first whistle.

Likely to again field a formation of 4-2-3-1, Scolari will turn to captain Thiago Silva to lead from his certain central defensive position alongside star Chelsea back David Luiz, and will be linked to a potent strike force of Fred, Hulk and Neymar by a potent pairing of Luiz Gustavo and Paulinho in the middle of the paddock.

Boasting rock-solid defence with arguably the tournament’s most creative, flashy and fast attack, Brazil are spoiled for choice with depth and substitute options, and will control the ball over all corners of the field, tiring Mexico and continually attacking the goal of Guillermo Ochoa.

Player To Watch – Luiz Gustavo

The sole holding midfielder likely to take to the field for Brazil’s match with Mexico, Luiz Gustavo arguably holds the key to Brazil’s near-perfect structure; capable of dropping back to play as a third central defender as well as pushing forward to add an extra option in attack, providing a vital link to the Brazilian operation. Having developed a key combination with Paulinho, Luiz Gustavo has the potential to cause a particularly disappointing day for Mexico.

Mexico

How They Will Play

A technical and elaborate team, Mexico were forced to take the long road toward qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but are a good chance for progression to the knockout stages if able to halt the charge of Brazil tomorrow morning.

Boasting a squad of fast and particularly disciplined players, El Tri are known for a far-more potent offence than a world-class defensive line, with the likes of Giovanni Dos Santos and Javier Hernandez in their attacking mid. Aiming to keep the ball away from Brazil’s attackers, Mexico will attempt to hold the ball between the halfway mark and the Brazilian 18-yard box, completing a lot of passes and peppering Cesar’s goal.

Clearly matched for skill when facing Brazil, Mexico will have to ensure all passes meet their target and take advantage of every opportunity on goal if they are any hope of salvaging even one competition point.

Player To Watch – Giovanni Dos Santos

While likely to be forced back into his own half for a good portion of Mexico’s World Cup fixture with Brazil, Giovanni Dos Santos may figure as the linchpin in a successful outing for his team tomorrow morning. A talented defender when required to push back, the Villarreal centre will need to control play in the middle of the park, create chances and make the most of play every time the ball is fed in his direction.

Predicted Result

Brazil are clear favourites to continuing their winning ways at the 2014 FIFA World Cup tomorrow morning, and with a rock solid defence complimented by arguably the tournament’s most threatening attack, things do not look good for Mexico. Brazil will control proceedings from the first minute and are every chance of producing a huge score line and confirming their place in the 2014 World Cup’s second round.

Playing in-front of a sold-out home crowd, Brazil will comfortably do-away with a spirited Mexican outfit.

Brazil vs Mexico World Cup Betting Plays

Brazil are currently available at 2014 World Cup odds of $1.29 to beat Mexico at leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au, with the Central Americans currently featured at a generous quote of $9 to cause a major upset.

With Mexico placing themselves in the box seat to qualify for round two ahead of a final match with Croatia next week with a strong performance against Brazil, a low scoring affair may be worth consideration. A 1-0 Brazil victory is currently offered at generous odds of $8 at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Exciting youngster Neymar has made a habit of scoring for fun, claiming Brazil’s first two goals in their opening match with Croatia. Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering generous $3.75 odds for Neymar to score the first goal against Mexico.

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