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2012 Olympics Soccer Odds & Picks: Brazil vs. Japan Match Preview 8/3/12

Brazil vs. Japan Match Analysis: Marta Goal, Rebound To Lead Brazilians Past World Cup Champs: One of the biggest favorites to win the Olympic gold medal in women’s soccer will go heads up with the defending World Cup champs on Friday in what has to be the most highly anticipated of the quarterfinals matches of the day. Brazil will get a chance to do some real damage against a Japan team that has the ability to be quite stingy and a true pain to the rest of the teams in this women’s soccer Olympics tournament. Don’t miss our Brazil vs. Japan picks for what should be an outstanding match.

Brazil nearly finished what it was supposed to do in Group E. The team was a heavy favorite to get through to the knockout rounds and do so with at least seven points and likely nine, but in the end, there were just six and a second place finish in the group to show for its work. As a punishment, instead of getting to take on one of the third place teams in a group, the Brazilians have to take on Japan. Unfortunately for the Japanese, a plan to go for a draw against South Africa might have backfired. Yes, the team doesn’t have to head all the way to Glasgow for this match, but instead of taking on Great Britain as was expected, now the daunting task of facing Brazil awaits.

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Brazil vs. Japan Schedule and Match Information
Brazil vs. Japan Match Date/Time: Friday, August 3rd, 12:00 p.m. (ET)
Brazil vs. Japan Stadium: Millennium Stadium
Brazil vs. Japan on TV: NBC Soccer Channel, NBC Sports Network
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Brazil vs. Japan Match Odds: Brazil pk (-140)
Brazil vs. Japan Odds To Advance To Semifinals: Brazil (-135)
Brazil vs. Japan Betting Line Total: 2.5 (Over +115)

The name Marta always seems to be the one that comes up for the Brazilians when they run into troubles and when they are succeeding. All of the success is usually attributed to something special that she does on the pitch, and any time that the team loses, it must be her fault, as she is the most recognizable player on the team. That being said, we just don’t know if that really should be the case any longer. Marta has her two goals, but so does Cristiane, her front line mate in the Olympics. What we have to remember about the side in green and yellow is that it is a team that really hasn’t shown all that many cracks. A match against the United States in the World Cup should have been won if not for a miracle at the death to send the match to PKs by Abby Wambach, and aside from that, Brazil outscored its other three foes 7-0 in the World Cup. Now in the first round of this tournament, the host nation was able to squeak out a 1-0 victory against Brazil. However, that doesn’t mean that this is the end of the world by any stretch of the imagination. Remember that it was a match that really didn’t do all that much positively or negatively for the Brazilians, and they had to know that going in.

Meanwhile, Japan knows that it is holding the World Cup at this point. There are only two goals to show for the World Cup holders’ efforts, one by Aya Miyama and one by Nahomi Kawasumi. This is a team that has a ton of experience, led by Homare Sawa. Still, we look at the match results over the course of the last few years and shake our heads. Japan didn’t play all that remarkably in the group stages of the World Cup, and it didn’t do all that well in the group stages here. Five points was nice, but it really should have done a heck of a lot more after beating Canada in the opening fixture. The run in the knockout rounds in the World Cup was impressive, but a lot of that came with a goal here and a goal there, and it really just seemed like a magical happening that probably won’t be duplicated. This is a great team for sure, but the fact that it ranks No. 3 on the FIFA World Rankings is overrated in our eyes.

Brazil vs. Japan Match Preview & Analysis: This really could be a good one when push comes to shove. What we saw out of the Japanese for the most part over the course of the last tournament and change is that they just don’t want to push forward. If that turns out to be the case in this one, it really could be a challenge. Yes, the Brazilians have the ability to get frustrated and end up in a world of hurt because of it, but in the end, they’ll get the goal that makes the difference in what should be a great fixture.

Brazil vs. Japan Punting Tip: Brazil pk (-145) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

Brazil vs. Japan Score Prediction: Brazil 1 – Japan 0

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