Predictions for Olympic Soccer Betting – Neymar Powers Brazil To Gold Medal
Most online betting sharps would be surprised to know that Brazil has never won gold at the Summer Olympics, but that will change in London as one of the bright young stars of the world game takes his country to the next level.
What: Soccer Betting
When: July 26th – August 11th
Where: Various venues around Great Britain; final to be held at Wembley Stadium, London
Brazil has taken over the mantle of being the soccer betting favorites from their South American rivals from Argentina, who failed to qualify for this tournament after winning the last two gold medals. The Brazilians have never won a gold at the Olympics, although they won bronze in 2008 and back in 1996 as well, but they’re taking this tournament a little more seriously as they prepare to host the World Cup in 2014 and that is always the focus of Brazilian soccer. The focus will be on Neymar, who is likely going to move to Europe after this summer if he performs the way many soccer betting sharps know he can. The 20-year-old forward has been tipped for greatness at his current club, Santos, and even though Brazil has a host of talented youngsters, he’ll be the key.
Spain is also stepping up this summer as they look to bleed in the next generation as the current senior squad has dominated world soccer for the last four years and are trying to win their third straight tournament at the European Championship, where they have reached the semifinals. Spain won this event in 1992 and then finished second to Cameroon in 2000, but they haven’t qualified for the last two Olympic Games and even though they’ve achieved major success with the senior squads, the under-23s have to start pulling up their end of the bargain. In goal, look for David De Gea to step up and assume the mantle of the next great Spanish keeper, although he’ll be backing up Iker Casillas in the senior level.
The Second Tier
The Great Britain squad will be an intriguing option for soccer betting sharps as the host country, and the thrill of playing for their country on home soil could spark the kids. However, most of the attention could go to the overagers (teams are allowed to have three players over 23 years old), such as Craig Bellamy, who has always been known for his pace and goal-scoring ability. Fellow Welshman Ryan Giggs is also in the running to make the final squad and he continues to fight off Father Time at Manchester United, but his former club teammate, David Beckham, could steal the show. Many have criticized the thought of even having Beckham in the squad, but he is a former England captain and say what you want, but he has always taken the call to play for his country and can lead the youngsters out this summer.
The two times that Uruguay has actually played in the Olympic Games, they won, back in 1924 and 1928, but they haven’t been in a tournament since then. Liverpool star man Luis Suarez could take the call to play for his country, and has performed on the big stage before, although he rubs some fans and media members the wrong way.
Mexico is also in the mix, although they have never finished higher than fourth at the Olympics and that was in 1968, when they were the host country. Giovani Dos Santos plays his club football in London for Tottenham, so that should earn him a few cheers, and he has 59 caps for the national team, so he is quite experienced for a 23-year-old and that could make the Mexicans very dangerous heading into the Summer Games.
How It Will Play Out
The entire rest of the field are soccer betting darkhorses after these five countries and it’ll be a major upset if a country outside of this group ends up with the gold medal, although anything can happen at this level. The focus will be on Brazil and Spain, but the hosts could end up sneaking their way into the final.
A lot of great players have made a name for themselves at this tournament, and it’ll be Neymar’s show as the Brazilians keep the gold medal in South America for four more years and carry some momentum into the World Cup in 2014. They should be your sports betting pick.
Olympic Soccer Betting Pick: Brazil