The bronze final of the 2021 Tokyo men’s Olympic football is coming up right before the final. Mexico U23 and Japan U23 will face off in the battle for the Bronze. Both teams still have a chance to win a medal at the tournament.
The match Mexico vs Japan is scheduled to be held on Friday, 6 August 2021, at the Saitama Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. The game will start at 11:00 a.m. GMT. Below are the latest betting odds, key stats, and possible starting lineup for the game on Friday. Up next are betting tips and the match prediction for Mexico vs Japan (August 6).
Mexico vs Japan (August 6) latest odds on betting sites
Mexico has its odds priced at 2.60 (+160 American; 8/5 Fractional), a draw is at 3.20 (+220; 11/5), while the odds for Japan win are 2.70 (+170; 17/10). The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Mexico — 32%, draw — 31%, Japan — 37%.
Latest betting odds on Mexico vs Japan (6 August 2021):
- Over 2.5 goals — 1.80 (-125; 4/5)
- Under 2.5 goals — 2.00 (+100; 1/1)
- Asian handicap (+0.25) on Mexico — 1.71 (-140; 5/7)
- Asian handicap (-0.25) on Japan — 2.25 (+125; 5/4)
- Both teams to score (Yes) — 1.67 (-150; 2/3)
- Both teams to score (No) — 2..10 (+110; 11/10)
Mexico vs Japan (August 6) match preview and stats
Mexico has failed to qualify for the final of the men’s Olympics football tournament. They lost 1-4 in penalties to Brazil U23. The game ended in a goalless draw after 120 minutes.
So far, the Mexicans have 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. Overall, they have scored 14 goals and created a total of 52 chances at the Olympics. Per game, Mexico has averaged 2.8 goals, 9.6 shots, 10.4 created chances with 47% possession. The Mexicans still have a shot for a medal at the tournament, but their rival Japan may have an edge when it comes to motivation.
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Japan had a great run in the Olympics right before the knockouts. They lost 0-1 to Spain in extra time of the semi-final. Japan hasn’t found its rhythm at the knockout stage, with 0 goals in 2 games of the playoffs.
Diving into the team’s form, Japan has scored 7 goals and created 51 chances. So far they have 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss, thus winning 60% of their matches. Per game, they’ve been averaging 1.4 goals, 10 shots, 10.2 created chances and 49% possession in the tournament.
Japan Olympics team news: All players are fit and available for the game.
Mexico and Japan have gone head-to-head twice, in 2012 and this year. Mexico won 3-1 in 2012, while Japan won 2-1 in their game on 25 July 2021. So they are leveled now.
Mexico vs Japan (August 6) key players and lineups
Mexico Olympic projected starting lineup:
- Guillermo Ochoa
- Jorge Sanchez
- Cesar Montes
- Johan Vasquez
- Alberto Angulo
- Luis Romo
- Carlos Rodriguez
- Sebastian Cordova
- Uriel Antuna
- Henry Martin
- Alexis Vega
Sebastian Cordova is a player to watch out for. The midfielder has 3 goals and 1 assist in the tournament.
Japan Olympic projected starting lineup:
- Kosei Tani
- Hiroki Sakai
- Ko Itakura
- Maya Yoshida
- Reo Hatate
- Wataru Endo
- Ao Tanaka
- Ritsu Doan
- Takefusa Kubo
- Yuki Soma
- Daichi Hayashi
The key player to watch out for is Takeusa Kubo. The winger has had a brilliant spell at the Tokyo Olympics. Kubo scored 3 goals in the competition.
Mexico vs Japan (August 6) betting tips and prediction
Heading into this game, the winner is quite certain. Mexico has the upper hand when you compare the stats and the teams form. Mexico has the better goal per game ratio (2.8) with 10.4 chances per game as opposed to Japan’s 1.4 goals per game and 10.2 chance per game.
Note that Japan hasn’t scored a single goal since the knockouts began. This gives Mexico the advantage, if Japan goes into the game with this same form.
Betting prediction: Mexico to win
Odds: 2.60 (+160 American; 8/5 Fractional)