Saudi Arabia U23 and Brazil U23 will trade tackles at Saitama Stadium on Wednesday on matchday three of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 men’s football tournament.
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Saudi Arabia came into the game on the back of a 3-2 defeat to Germany on Sunday. Felix Uduokhai scored a 75th-minute winner for the 10-man Europeans.
That defeat saw Saudi Arabia U23 eliminated from the Olympic Games and they will be keen to bow out with a victory over one of the heavyweights.
Saudi Arabia vs Brazil Pick
Brazil U23 were held to a surprise goalless draw by Ivory Coast U23 on Sunday. That draw meant both sides are tied on four points at the summit, but a victory for the South Americans on Wednesday would guarantee them top spot in Group D.
The defending champions will be without Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz, who picked up a 13th-minute red card against Ivory Coast.
Brazil looked incredible in their first game against Germany winning 4-2. Striker Richarlison scored a stunning first-half hat-trick as Brazil beat Germany 4-2 in their opening game of the 2020 Summer Games in Japan.
In that game, Everton striker Richarlison’s hat-trick within the opening 30 minutes had Brazil well on its way to victory again, although second-half goals from Nadiem Amiri and Ragnar Ache made it 3-2 and a nervy finish.
For Brazil to win this game they will need to look much better offensively than they did last game, but they should against this much weaker defensive side of Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia’s elimination makes them a tricky opposition, as they have nothing to lose and could be buoyed by their shackles being released. However, Brazil U23 still have too much firepower in their arsenal and we are predicting a routine victory for Andre Jardine’s side.
I don’t think Saudi Arabia has any chance of beating Brazil, not only because of their Olympics form but also because the two teams have opposite recent matches in other competitions, as well. The only other time they played against each other the match ended in Brazil U23’s favor with a two-goal advantage.
I expect both teams to score in this match, but Brazil obviously looking like the much better side throughout this match and winning this match. Richarlison will have another very impactful game and score 2 more goals in a 4-1 win for the Brazilian Olympic team.
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