Rio Soccer Finals – The Usual Suspects
It's the Olympic soccer finals and, lo and behold, look who we have: Germany and Brazil, the two most respected nations in the international game, and one of them with a score to settle. When last we saw these two in major international competition, the Germans scalded the Brazilians in the World Cup semis. That ugliness still weighs heavily on the minds of every Brazilian, and it makes the game and the Rio 2016 betting so much more interesting. Here's one we all have to get in on, so let's take a look at our two gold-medal contenders:
Brazil (3-2-0) was on the ropes with the home fans after two lackluster performances in group play by 0-0 scores. But they have since come around. They finally broke free with a 4-0 win over Denmark and emerged the champion of a weak Group A. They then triumphed over South American rival Colombia, 2-0 in the quarters. FC Barcelona star Neymar scored his first goal in that one. They went on to pound Honduras, 6-0, and look in fine form for the finals.
Germany (3-2-0) had to settle for second behind South Korea in Group C. They tied Mexico, 2-2, and South Korea, 3-3, before unloading on lowly Fiji, 10-0, to advance. Then the Germans surprised everyone with a 4-0 shutout of Portugal in the quarters. They got by a swift and surprising Nigeria team in the semis when Lukas Klostermann connected on a close-in cross early, and Nils Petersen found the goal in the 89th minute to secure it, 2-0.
Rio 2016 Betting
These are not World Cup teams because of the limits on overage players in the Olympics. But there is a lot of pride on the line here. I don't see a repeat of the World Cup stomping the Brazilians took. And Brazil is the better team. But I think Brazil could lose if they are in a draw in the last 45. Brazil at -122 currently on the Soccer-Olympics betting board looks good because of the home/Neymar factor. Plus 119 on a three-way seems good, too, since I don't see a draw. I'd suggest hedging with an over 2½, -114. The game kicks off on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., eastern. Bet now.