Mexico kicked its 2018 FIFA World Cup off in a big way, and we’ll see if they have some magic left in the knockout rounds.
Beating Germany in the opening game paved the way to a second-place finish in Group F for Mexico, and El Tri now be faced with a tall task in Brazil, which took first in Group E. The sides will meet Monday at 10 a.m. ET.
Let’s look at the Brazil vs. Mexico betting lines:
Current betting line (via OddsShark)
Brazil win: -215
Mexico win: +650
Total goals: 2.5
NESN.com’s picks: Brazil, over
It’s pretty tough to pick against Brazil. They are a complete squad and long have been one of the tournament’s favorites. And though Mexico has had some special moments, it’s unsure just how far that will carry them. Take Brazil.
Defense hasn’t been one of the strong suits for Mexico, and Brazil has its share of offensive weapons. And while Brazil hasn’t actually deluged goals, the threats both sides have in the attacking third make a 2.5 goal total seem a little conservative. Go with the over.
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