Olympic Betting Preview: Brazil to grab gold with Leandro Damiao too hot for Mexico to handle

The long wait for an Olympic gold medal for Brazil's football team is surely coming to an end. Adam Bate is expecting plenty of goals here with Leandro Damiao to the fore
Brazil came into this tournament as short-odds favourites for the Olympic gold medal and the price has only come in since then with a series of convincing displays.

Only Mexico now stand in the way of a first ever gold in the sport that Brazil has come to define – and be defined by. There can be no doubting how much Mano Menezes’ side want this triumph and surely the only thing that can cost them now is their own inexperience.

With Thiago Silva at the back and the sublime Neymar in attack, that looks to be a forlorn hope for a Mexico side already without key player Giovani dos Santos through injury.

Brazil can be backed at 2/9 (1.22) to win the gold medal and 8/15 (1.53) with Bet365 to win the match in the 90 minutes.

Mexico are not here by accident and have improved as this tournament has gone on – scoring seven goals in the knockout stages, one more than Brazil.

They can pose a threat and could offer good returns at either 5/1 (6.0) to win in 90 minutes or 3/1 (4.0) to win the gold medal. The draw is available at 3/1 (4.0) with Bet365.

In the goalscorer markets, Neymar is the 4/1 (5.0) favourite to open the scoring, while Oribe Peralta is the pick of the Mexicans at 17/2 (9.5).

But the value bet in this one is to back Leandro Damiao – a man with six goals in just four starts in this tournament – at an astonishing industry-best price of 6/1 (7.0) with Bet365 to score the opening goal.

For the pick of the bets, consider that Mexico’s two knockout matches have seen 10 goals (including extra-time) while Brazil have also had a series of free-scoring games.

In fact, the Brazilians have kept just two clean sheet so far and scored three goals in every one of their five games. As a result, over 2.5 goals appears a more than likely scenario and can be backed at 3/4 (1.75) with Bet365.

Over 2.5 goals at 3/4 (1.75) with Bet365
Leandro Damiao to score first at 6/1 (7.0) with Bet365

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Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on

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