Olympic Accumulator: Back Spain & Brazil to make convincing starts at London 2012

With all eight matches taking place across one day, Jim Knight has picked out four selections from the opening round of fixtures which return 9/1
Olympic Accumulator - Matchday One
Kick off: 14:45 BST
Tip: Spain to win (-1) at 6/5 with Bet365

Spain's pedigree at International level is beyond reproach, the senior squad secured an unprecedented third successive tournament victory at Euro 2012 this summer and their success at both Under-21 and Under-19 level bodes well for the future. With Juan Mata and Jordi Alba joining the likes of Iker Muniain, Javi Martinez and Adrian Lopez this squad looks destined for big things at London 2012 and deserve their tag as one of the tournament favourites.

Japan's Under-23 side claimed victory at the 2010 Asian games but will have their work cut out to repeat such success here. Many of Takashi Sekizuka's side ply their trade in their native J-League and although recent friendly wins over Mexico and Belarus will boost their confidence, it's difficult to see past a convincing Spanish win. Backing Luis Milla's side to win by at least two goals at 6/5 is the first leg of this multiple.

Kick off: 17:00 BST
Tip: Uruguay to score over 1.5 goals at 4/7 with Bet365

UAE have been drawn in Group A together with hosts Great Britain and Senegal but they begin their campaign with a match against well-fancied Uruguay.

Mahdi Ali's men secured their place at the games with a 3-2 victory against Uzbekistan in March. Their players will be relishing the chance of being in the global spotlight and reaching this stage is a fantastic achievement but Uruguay look well capable of starting the tournament with a win.

The inclusion of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani prove just how seriously the South American side are taking the competition and they've been in great goal scoring form in their warm up matches. Suarez and Cavani have combined to score six of the eight goals their side have notched in two matches and backing them to score two or more against the UAE looks a solid selection to add to the accumulator.

Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Brazil HT/Brazil FT at 4/7 with Bet365

Great Britain got a taste of just what the Brazilian team are capable of at the Riverside Stadium last week as goals from Santos and Neymar helped their side ease to 2-0 win. That game saw the Brazilians go ahead after just 12 minutes and Mano Menezes will hope his supremely talented side can start quickly against Egypt again on Thursday.

Egypt's players will be looking to make up for the senior squad failing to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations, but their recent results don't bode well either. A loss to Honduras in their final warm up game means the Under-23 squad have only won two of their last nine matches.

Brazil are firm favourites for the tournament and despite the loss of goalkeeper Rafael through injury expect them to be fast starters again and take control of the tie before half-time and go on to win.

Great Britain
Kick off: 20:00 BST
Tip: Both Teams to Score at Evens with Bet365

Stuart Pearce's selection of the first Great Britain team to compete in over 40 years raised some eyebrows, not least for the exclusion of apparent near-certainty David Beckham.

Losses to Mexico and Brazil have done nothing to increase the levels of confidence around the team in the recent weeks.

The lack of cohesion within a squad of players, who - unlike the rest of the teams in this tournament - do not play together regularly, has been clearly highlighted.

Despite that, there is quality in this team and several of the squad are experienced competitors are Premier League level so they should score at least once at Wembley.

Senegal may be without Newcastle duo Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse, but their preparation for the tournament has been positive.

Friendly wins against Switzerland and Spain have shown that they shouldn't be underestimated by the hosts and with Great Britain's team still looking disjointed, backing both teams to score at evens looks a good way to complete the four-fold for matchday one.

Matchday One Accumualtor
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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at Goal.com and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast. Follow Jim on