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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.
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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.