FIFA World Cup 2018 continues to mesmerize our hearts, body, and souls in a manner not witnessed for years. Football fans and pundits expected to see a quarter-final clash between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo but they could only meet at the Airport on their way home. Mohamed Salah is now a happy man after watching Sergio Ramos in tears thanks to Igor Akinfeev heroics in the Russia goal. The round of 16 continues today with an early clash of titans between rivals Brazil and Mexico. The night will be soothed by a late kickoff bout between dark horses Belgium and Asian giants Japan. It is the reason why we want you to be cocksure when and where to invest your hard-earned cash. All our predictions so far in the round of 16 have been 100 percent correct. Who will come out on top? Take a look at the following tips and predictions; we hope this information helps you make an informed decision courtesy of Bet9ja.
Round of 16
Time: CAT 1600, EAT 1700
Brazil Vs. Mexico
The clash of titans is coming live from Russia this evening between Brazil and Mexico. This game will be hot, so hot that cards, yellow and red might fly as soon as it starts. The two sides have faced each other many times in competitive and friendly matches. It is always a cracker and this one will certainly not be different. The Samba Boys campaign so far has not been smooth. They opened the tournament with a disappointing 1-1 draw against Switzerland. The five times winners then struggled to unlock Costa Rica. Philippe Coutinho saved them with a goal in injury time.
Serbia troubled them but they managed to come out 2-0 winners even though that only tells part of the story. This round of 16 tie might be what they need to prove the doubters wrong. Neymar return from injury was expected to boost the team but so far he has only been falling in value and reputation.
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Mexico was almost eliminated when they lost 3-0 to Sweden in their final Group game. However, South Korea 2-0 victory against defending Champions Germany saved them. The Central Americans opened their campaign with a historic 1-0 against the mighty Die Mannschaft. They thought the job is done when Chicharito scored the second to beat Korea Republic 2-1. However, things changed when Toni Kroos scored the winner against the Scandinavians in injury time. They will hope for a better result against Coutinho and his disciples.
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Brazil has won 4 out of six matches the two sides have played against each other. Mexico only victory came in the year 2012. The two have drawn 0-0 only once since 2007. The six matches saw a total of 16 bookings, 2 of them red cards handed to Neymar side.
In their last six outings, Tite has won five and drawn only once against Switzerland. On the other hand, Juan Osorio side lost 2-0 against Denmark in their final friendly match and of course the 3-0 defeat against Sweden.
Brazil will be favorites to win today but Mexico players know if they can beat Germany, nobody is unbeatable. They are likely to approach this game with that kind of mentality. I see a crazy first half with two or more goals from the Central Americans but the Samba Boys will wake up and win the game 3-2.