Is the drought about to break for Brazil? And who will claim Asian bragging rights to win bronze at the 2012 Olympics? Betting editor Paul Gough goes through the medal matches
One of the strangest sporting droughts looks set to end, with Brazil heading into Saturday's Olympic men's football final as unbackable favourites to claim the gold medal against Mexico, having totally dominated the tournament.
Despite widely being regarded as the greatest football nation on earth - having won a record five FIFA World Cups - Brazil have never won the gold medal in the Olympic Under-23 men's football tournament.
They have been forced to watch arch-rivals Argentina claim the past two gold medals, with Brazil's best efforts remaining silver medals at the 1984 and 1988 Games as well as bronze in 1996 and four years ago at the Beijing Olympics.
But having won all five games so far in the tournament - the latest a 3-0 win over South Korea in the semi-finals - Brazil head into the final at $1.52 favourites to win in the 90 minutes at Luxbet, with the draw at $3.85 and Mexico totally unfancied at $6.25.
Mexico have performed superbly to reach the final considering they did not even qualify for the last Olympics and their previous best effort was a quarter-final appearance in 1996 in Atlanta.
But with Brazil having scored three goals in each of their five games so far in the tournament while conceding just five in total, the South American giants look to have too much firepower for Mexico, with the final expected to be played in front of a full house at London's famous Wembley Stadium.
Brazil have the leading scorer in the tournament so far in Leandro Damiao with six goals, while Neymar has chipped in with three.
With that in mind, and considering they have scored three goals in each of their five matches so far, Brazil to win the final by 3-1 after 90 minutes looks a great bet at Luxbet in their correct-score market at $10.50.
|Japan and South Korea to draw after 90 minutes in their bronze medal match at $3.20 at Luxbet
||Brazil to defeat Mexico 3-1 in the gold medal match in correct-score betting at $10.50 at Luxbet|
The bronze medal match is on Friday in Cardiff and this looms as a much closer contest between Asian rivals Japan and South Korea.
But given the stakes of the match and the intense rivalry between the two nations, the draw at 90 minutes is a great betting option at $3.20.