Selecao to slide past Mexico

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Brazil were the pre-tournament favourites heading to Russia, and, with Mexico up today in the last 16, seem to be clicking into gear after a mixed start.

Brazil to win and both to score @ 43/20

After stodgy performances in the 1-1 draw with Switzerland and the 2-0 victory over Costa Rica, Group E winners the Selecao showed signs of brilliance in their 2-0 triumph against Serbia.

They now face an El Tri side who produced by far their worst performance of the tournament in the 3-0 defeat to Sweden last time out to finish second in Group F.

That came off the back of victories against Germany and South Korea and it looks like history will again be against them in Samara.

Mexico have famously gone out in the second round of the last six World Cups and it looks set to be a similar story today.

Although their pace on the break will test an occasionally disjointed Brazil defence, while they will also relish being the underdog, Tite’s men look good to make it to the quarters.

Belgium to win to zero @ 11/10

The ‘Golden Generation’ of Belgian players topped Group G and Roberto Martinez will restore all of his stars after resting them in the 1-0 win over England.

Japan are the opponents in Rostov and despite coming through a pool that also included Poland, Colombia and Senegal, are unlikely to trouble them.

Although football is not played on paper, from the outset this looks like an easy Belgium win.