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Olympics Betting Tips: Who Will Win Mexico vs. Japan Match? 8/7/12

Soccer Betting Tips for Olympics: Japanese Defense To Frustrate El Tri: Japan and Mexico aren’t countries that meet all that often in soccer, but here in the Olympics, virtually anything can happen. These two proud nations are going to collide at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday afternoon in what should be a remarkable clash on the Olympics soccer odds with the right to go to the Gold Medal Game on the line.

Mexico hasn’t exactly had the most difficult trip in the world to reach this point in the Olympics soccer tournament. The team hasn’t faced a team ranked this high in the World FIFA Rankings, knowing that No. 21 ranked Switzerland was the most recent halfway decent competition. Needless to say, this game against Japan, one of the more organized sides in this tournament, will be a much different challenge than even the 4-2 victory AET over Senegal here in the quarterfinals. Japan started this tournament off with a real noise maker, taking down Spain 1-0, and since that point, it hasn’t looked back. Its 3-0 win against Egypt to get here to the quarterfinals really sent a message to the rest of the teams in this tournament that perhaps the Japanese should not be messed with.

Mexico vs. Japan Schedule and Match Information
Mexico vs. Japan Match Date/Time: Tuesday, August 7th, 12:00 p.m. (ET)
Mexico vs. Japan Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Mexico vs. Japan Live on TV: NBC Sports Network
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Mexico vs. Japan Match Odds: Japan pk (-130)
Mexico vs. Japan Olympics Quarterfinals Odds: Japan (-120)
Mexico vs. Japan Betting Line Total: 2 (Over -110)

The argument could be made that Mexico is the weakest of the four teams left standing here in the Olympics. The Mexicans do typically have a good training program for its younger players, and they have taken the utmost advantage of that here in England. Giovani dos Santos has really had the best go of it of all of the players on El Tri thus far in this tourney, coming up with three goals on four shots on goal. His front line mate, Oribe Peralta has played well as well and has a goal to show for his efforts here in Great Britain, too. Defensively, there have been some gaps that need to be worked out, and those gaps really showed against Senegal when a 2-0 lead in the 62nd minute disappeared in just seven minutes. The depth just isn’t there at the back for Mexico to choose from, and that was seen by the fact that all of the substitutes that were used were for front line types of players. In fact, the Mexicans have only been using two players on their bench as midfielders. Do note that one of the team’s top subs, Hector Herrera, who scored in the 102nd minute to put the match away in the quarters, has been suspended for this match because of yellow card accumulation.

William Hill Euro 2012 BannerThe Japanese still haven’t allowed a goal in this tournament to date, and they are hoping that that continues here at Wembley against Mexico. You’re not going to find many teams that are more organized at the back than Japan. This is a disciplined team that stays in its lanes defensively, and it keeps its calm as well. The whole team only has two yellow cards through four matches, which is absolutely remarkable considering the fact that Honduras had 16 cards, and Senegal and Spain both had 11. Honduras had eight against Brazil alone! These aren’t slacking teams that the Japanese have played against either. The win over Spain was as notable of a victory as the country has ever had in soccer, and the Egyptian team that it blasted 3-0 and dominated from start to finish is one of the more experienced sides in U-23 competition.

Mexico vs. Japan Match Preview & Analysis: Is Mexico, which had just three goals in the group stage going to be able to score against Japan? If it does, it will only be once for sure. Remember that a very similar South Korean team held the Mexicans to a scoreless draw to start this tournament. The difference though, is that the Japanese attack really is a bit more organized, and as a result, we are going to count on a goal around the midway point of the game, and that’s it. That’s generally all that Japan needs to be able to win matches like this one, and this should be no exception.

Mexico vs. Japan Punting Tip: Japan Advances (-120) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

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

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