Brazil vs Mexico? No emotion will be spared

This game sees two of the world’s most football-obsessed countries meet but it is only really Brazil that has managed to turn passion for the game into genuine success at a global level.

However Brazil have more quality overall and should enjoy the lions-share of the chances. Philippe Coutinho has been one of the stars of the tournament so far while Neymar is also due a big game. Up against a Mexico defence that was opened up by Sweden, Brazil should have all the tools needed to be a regular threat going forward and backing.

Mexico’s last two tournaments of any real significance have seen them exit at the first knockout stage with 7-0 and 4-1 defeats in Copa America and the Confederations Cup respectively. They clearly have issues when it comes to knockout football and while they ought to be more competitive here, it’s hard to see their record getting any better in this match and backing Brazil & Both Teams to Score could be worth a flutter.

Brazil and Mexico have faced each other 50 times in their history, with Brazil winning 23 and losing 10 of those encounters. Most recently, Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 in an international friendly in 2015.

Mexico have failed to score a single against Brazil in four previous World Cup finals meetings.

Mexico have also famously never got further than the last-16 at a World Cup.

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