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Free Soccer Picks: Mexico vs. Senegal Tips & Predicted Olympics Results 8/4/12

Mexico vs. Senegal Picks: Moussa Konate To Lead Way For Senegal: There are still two teams from CONCACAF and two from Africa that are still competing in the Olympics football fixtures, and one from each will be meeting in the quarterfinals of this great event on Saturday morning at historic Wembley Stadium. Join us for our Mexico vs. Senegal predictions and all of our great analysis for this match.

The Mexicans have seemingly gotten better and better as the Olympics have gone on. They started with a rather drab scoreless draw against South Korea and improved with two very impressive wins against Gabon and Switzerland in back to back matches to claim the Group B crown. Meanwhile over in the wacky Group A, Senegal was the team that ended up sneaking out as the second qualifier. A draw against the United Arab Emirates sealed the deal just three days ago, and that really leaves this team carrying the hope for Olympics gold medals for Africa on its back.

Mexico vs. Senegal Schedule and Match Information
Mexico vs. Senegal Match Date/Time: Saturday, August 4th, 9:30 a.m. (ET)
Mexico vs. Senegal Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Mexico vs. Senegal on TV: NBC Sports Network, NBC Soccer Channel
Click Here To Bet on the Mexico vs. Senegal Men’s Soccer Match!
Mexico vs. Senegal Match Odds: Mexico pk (-137)
Mexico vs. Senegal Odds To Reach Semifinals: Mexico -135
Mexico vs. Senegal Betting Line Total: 2 (Over -102)

The Mexican national soccer team has really shown some signs of slowing down over the course of the last several years. The United States is clearly starting to catch up, and the level of domination in CONCACAF is clearly disappeared. That being said, this U-23 team is definitely one of the better sides in this tournament, and it could be the team to beat in this half of the draw. The defense has been stunning in front of Jose Corona, one of the three men on the team that are over-aged for this competition. The Mexicans haven’t allowed a goal yet in the Olympics, but this is their biggest challenge yet in all likelihood after getting through a relatively weak Group A. Keep a very close eye on Giovani dos Santos, who is the team’s leader offensively right now with a pair of goals.

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Matters are going to be tough for Senegal for sure. This is a team that has offense on the mind, knowing that it has come up with 52 shots and 17 shots on target in the tourney. The end result has only been four goals, but there is definitely something to be said about the fact that it hasn’t been shutout in a match either at this competitive stage. Moussa Konate has been the star of the show and the clear MVP of the first round. Konate is the leader going into Saturday in total goals in the tournament with four, and he also has 10 shots, six of which have been on target. Both stats lead the Senegalese squad thus far in the Olympics. One thing that Senegal definitely has to be careful of in this match is fouling too much. The team is averaging 15.3 fouls per game against just 10.7 fouls per game suffered, and all of those extra free kicks could definitely come back to bite it, especially knowing just how dangerous the Mexicans can be on set pieces.

Mexico vs. Senegal Match Preview & Analysis: Still, it feels like Senegal is the team to back here. We just don’t have all that much confidence that El Tri is all that special in these Olympics, and all of those points out of the first round might be a product of an easy group and not tremendous form. In the end, we’ll back the African side to make it to the semifinals to give some more hope for the future of soccer, not just in this country, but for this entire continent as well.

Mexico vs. Senegal Punting Tip: Senegal Advances (+115) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

Mexico vs. Senegal Score Prediction: Mexico 0 – Senegal 2

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