The men’s soccer tournament at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo starts on Thursday. Group D directly kicks off with a big clash. Brazil and Germany will meet in the first group match. This is the rematch of the last Summer Olympics final. Back then, Germany drew the short straw against Brazil. This duel could also be decisive in the race for the group victory. In our betting tip, we expect a revenge victory for Germany.
Brazil enters the tournament as defending champions – Losers in our betting tip
At its home Olympics five years ago, Brazil made an entire nation proud. Brazil’s U23 won the gold medal at Maracana in 2016. This was probably the most important medal at the Olympics for all of Brazil. Brazil was craving for the title after the elimination at the home World Cup in 2014. The 7-1 defeat in the semifinals against Germany hit the Brazilian fans right in the heart. The Selecao had a chance to make up for that at the following Olympics. In the end, Brazil defeated Germany in the tournament’s final after penalties. So football in Brazil could breathe a sigh of relief again. Now they will see each other again in Tokyo. Brazil again enters the tournament with a tragic defeat behind them. The Selecao just recently lost the Copa America final. They fell short 0-1 to their arch-rivals from Argentina. At this year’s Olympics, Brazil will have do it without Neymar. The star player has not been cleared for the tournament by his club Paris St. Germain. But the experienced Dani Alves will lead the way as captain this year.
Germany wants to take revenge for the last Olympics – Favorite in the first group match
The German national team has also had a difficult time. At the European Championship, they did not make it past the last 16. Germany lost 2-0 to the later finalists from England. This was the next disappointment after being eliminated in the preliminary round at the 2018 World Cup. However, the Germans were unable to fulfill their hopes for this year’s Euros. Beyond that, the German U21 team has convinced. Stefan Kuntz’s team was crowned as new European champions a few weeks ago. This title win will certainly give the Olympic team some tailwind. Nevertheless, only a few players from the successful U21 Euros team remain for the Olympics. Numerous players have cancelled for the Olympics due to the heavy workload in 2021. Thus, Stefan Kuntz has nominated many new faces for the squad including Max Kruse, Maximilian Arnold and Nadiem Amiri who should provide experience for the German Olympic team. In our betting tip, we see Germany slightly ahead as the team still has something to settle with Brazil.
Betting tip Brazil vs. Germany
However, the betting odds favor a victory for the Brazilians. If Brazil takes away three points, odds stand between 2.00 and 2.15. A bet on a success for Germany will be rewarded with odds of 3.60 to 3.95. A draw between the two favorites in Group D results in betting odds of 3.20 to 3.55. Our betting tip: The Germans lost to Brazil in the penalty shootout in 2016. Therefore, it was only enough for the silver medal. Accordingly, we believe that Germany will take revenge for the final and beat Brazil in the first group match.