Brazil battle Mexico with World Cup quarter-final place at stake
After earning top spot in their group Brazil are now chasing a spot in the World Cup quarter-finals with victory over Mexico in the last 16.
The Samba Boys rallied to top of Group E ahead of closest challengers Switzerland, while Mexico finished second place behind Sweden in Group F.
Both nations now collide on Monday afternoon in a highly intriguing match-up after their successful respective group campaigns.
It’s Brazil who are obvious favourites to prevail and earn progression to the quarter-finals on Russian soil, but the Mexicans showed plenty of promise early on in the tournament before that defeat to Sweden last time out.
Tite’s Brazilian roster are therefore a promising 14/5 with Ladbrokes to win and both sides score in normal time here.
Neymar set to star for Samba Boys
Brazil are still in the process of banishing their 2014 demons, when they were embarrassed and exit the home-based tournament at the hands of Germany in that 7-1 demolition.
Neymar is leading the charge, though they are far from a one-man side, with Tite boasting a well-rounded set-up who are looking increasingly like future champions.
Barcelona ace Philippe Coutinho has been key to their success so far and he is available at 21/10 with Paddy Power to dispatch anytime again here.
Meanwhile, main man Neymar is 10/3 with bet365 to bag the last goal of the game inside 90 minutes.
For Mexico, their all-time goalscorer Javier Hernandez is 7/2 with bet365 to get on the scoresheet in this crucial last 16 meeting.