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2012 Olympics Medal Predictions: Brazil vs. New Zealand Tips & Picks 8/1/12

Olympics Men’s Soccer Brazil vs. New Zealand: New Zealanders Might Swipe Point From Clinched Brazilians: Our Brazil vs. New Zealand predictions should be relatively easy, knowing that one of these teams is clearly a heck of a lot stronger and deeper than the other. The Brazilians seem to be good enough to overmatch New Zealand, but the All Whites know that though their chances are slim, at least there is still a mathematical chance for them to get into the second stage of the Olympics soccer tournament.

Brazil already knows that it is going to be in the Olympics quarterfinals, and in the end, even getting zip from this match is probably still good enough to get into the second stage. It isn’t all that likely that Belarus beats Egypt in a match running at the same time, and that would mean that Brazil would top the group, two points ahead of the runner up. New Zealand needs a win and some help to get into the second round, though. The All Whites either need a win and a draw in the other match or a win parlayed with an Egypt win of fewer goals than they win by. It’s not likely, but like we said before, having a chance is at least something for New Zealand to play for, and that’s more than the team usually has to look forward to in these types of tournaments.

Brazil vs. New Zealand Schedule and Match Information
Brazil vs. New Zealand Match Date/Time: Wednesday, August 1st, 9:30 a.m. (ET)
Brazil vs. New Zealand Stadium: St. James Park
Brazil vs. New Zealand on TV: NBC Sports Network, NBC Soccer Channel
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Brazil vs. New Zealand Match Odds: Brazil -2 (-101)
Brazil vs. New Zealand Betting Line Total: 3.5 (Over +110)

The Brazilians have absolutely blown through their first two matches, coming up with six goals to show for their work, most of which has come early in matches. After falling behind sloppily against Belarus right out of the blocks, the team came back and scored a goal seven minutes later and then came up with more goals in the second half to put the match away. Once again, the team had the mass majority of the possession against Belarus, just as it did against Egypt, and we would expect nothing different this time around. Some of the players that have been on the bench should be used by Manager Mano Menezes in this one. The likelihood is that Hulk will find himself on the bench with a yellow card from the first match, as he won’t want to be suspended for the first quarterfinals match of the Olympics.

It was clear that New Zealand was outclassed by Egypt in the second group match, and the team had to be considered fortunate just to be able to get a point. We know that the Egyptians are still the favored side to get into the quarters, but the fact that the All Whites were able to get a point out of a match in which they only had two shots on target was quite impressive. Poor Michael O’Keeffee was under all sorts of pressure in net, as the Egyptians fired 28 shots at him three days ago, and 10 of the 28 found their way onto the target. The defense is clearly going to need to be at its best if the Brazilians come out looking for their offense to continue with their onslaught. Chris Wood did scored the only goal of the tournament thus far for New Zealand, a strike in the 17th minute that gave the team a 1-0 lead that lasted for nearly a half hour before the African side struck back.

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Brazil vs. New Zealand Match Preview & Analysis: We have seen some screwy results here in the Olympics already, and this could be another one. New Zealand would have to be thrilled just to be able to stick around in this match, and it is going to have the crowd on its side for sure, rooting for the underdog. The Brazilians are clearly the better of the two teams, but we just don’t know if they have a three-goal outburst in them once again. This could be a very close game, and we wouldn’t be all that surprised if the New Zealanders come up with the equalizing goal late on to take a point from the mighty Brazilians.

Brazil vs. New Zealand Punting Tip: New Zealand +2 (-115) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

Brazil vs. New Zealand Score Prediction: Brazil 1 – New Zealand 1

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