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Brazil vs Spain Olympics Men's Soccer Tips - Goalless draw expected in gold medal match
- Gold Medal match is set at International Stadium Yokohama on Saturday (12:30 PM BST)
- Both teams registered goalless draws in the semi-finals
- Brazil are the defending champions
- Spain are targeting their second Olympic gold and first since 1992
Brazil are aiming to win a second consecutive Olympic gold medal. (PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)
The two favourites for Olympic gold meet in the final on Saturday lunchtime with Brazil slight favourites at 8/5 to beat Spain in Yokohama.
The defending champions required a penalty shoot-out against Mexico to secure a place in the gold-medal match, while the Spaniards needed extra time for the second successive game to advance.
Both teams drew 0-0 in their semi-finals at the end of normal time and another goalless draw is available at 5/1.
Spain took six members of their Euro 2020 squad to Japan but it’s possible fatigue has set in having drawn four of their five matches and they were lucky to get past Ivory Coast thanks to a stoppage-time equaliser before they prevailed in extra time.
Another draw can be backed at 19/10 and an equal opening 45 minutes for the sixth successive game involving Spain is available at 4/5, while it’s 11/10 on a goalless first half which has been the case in all but one of the underdog’s matches.
With the teams seemingly evenly matched it may pay dividends to look at the extra time and penalty markets in our Spain v Brazil betting tips.
Both teams are 8/1 to win gold in a penalty shoot-out and they are 9/1 to win during the extra half an hour.
With goals at a premium in the semi-finals it could be a single goal that secures Olympic glory, so we go 5/1 on Brazil winning 1-0 and 11/2 on Spain.
Spain coach Luis de la Fuente is likely to stick with a 4-3-3 formation and will rely heavily on the players that took Spain to the European Championship semi-finals, meaning starts for the likes of Unai Simon, Pau Torres, Eric Garcia, Pedri, Dani Olmo and Mikel Oyarzabal.
Wolves striker Rafa Mir scored a hat-trick from off the bench against Ivory Coast in the quarter-finals which earned him a starting place against Japan, but he could make way for Marco Asensio who scored the winning goal.
Brazil surprisingly went with a 4-4-2 against Mexico having played with Richarlison as a lone striker throughout the tournament.
Mir’s heroics in the quarter-finals mean he is the 5/1 joint favourite with Brazil duo Richarlison and Matheus Cunha to get the ball rolling on Saturday.
However, the Hertha Berlin striker, who has been linked with a move to Leeds, was not in the match-day squad in the semi-final, replaced by Paulinho.
Paulinho is 11/2 to break the deadlock, while Gabriel Martinelli is available at 6/1 or 14/5 to get on the scoresheet.
Real Madrid winger Asensio is 11/1 to bag the opener as he did in the semis or 5/1 just to find the net.
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