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There is plenty for football fans to look forward to this weekend with friendlies, the Scottish League Cup and Gold Cup matches all taking place. We are fast approaching the start of the new club seasons across Europe, but one major international tournament has yet to be settled and that will take place in Japan. It long looked like Tokyo 2020 would be canceled after organizers postponed the event by 12 months due to the coronavirus. We carry on, and events are now coming thick and fast.
One of the top teams in Tokyo will return to action on Sunday as Brazil prepares for the confrontation with the Ivory Coast. You can follow that match live on TV from 09:30 GMT. It may be an early start, but what better way to start your Sunday than with a live match from a major tournament? This game promises to provide followers with a thrilling 90 minutes, and neutrals hope to see lots of goals and talking points.
This is the second game of the group for both teams, so the pressure is mounting. After 90 minutes of action midweek, it’s time to up their bid to get the points needed to advance to the knockout rounds. A win here would help them achieve that, but which side will do business?
Brazil goes for gold
Brazil was one of the favorites for the tournament, with respected experts going all out to win the gold medal. They are expected to make it through the group stage of the competition without too much hassle, but to give themselves the best chance of qualifying as group winners, they need to collect all three points here.
The Samba Boys look good enough to win this match and challenge for the gold medal, especially on paper, but they have to give their opponents the respect they deserve. If Brazil thinks they just need to come and take the win, they could be in for a shock. This one requires their full attention.
Ivory Coast against it
Ivory Coast is delighted to have made it to Tokyo 2020, and despite having to wait an extra 12 months, they love the competition. It will be one of the country’s most famous sports achievements when they beat Brazil and collect the three points. It wouldn’t matter what they did at the Olympics. They would be remembered for upsetting the Samba Boys in the group.
They will be preparing to spend much of the 90 minutes behind the football so they need to be fit and stay organized. Their opponents need to dominate the possession stats, so Ivory Coast needs to be patient and take every opportunity that comes their way.
Prediction Brazil v Ivory Coast
On paper, this looks like a race that Brazil should win at a gallop, but games at this level are not won on the stats. The teams that are safe in defense and fearless on offense often take victories and earn the points. This will be a fascinating match and an intriguing mix of styles as the defense attacks.
Olympic Games opportunities
The pre-match bets on this fixture available at 22bet have Brazil priced at 1.24 to get away with the win. Cote d’Ivoire trades at 11.5 in the match winners market, or you can try the draw at 6.2.
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You can bet on this game or on the Tokyo 2020 markets. Predict which team will go all out and win the gold medal, and this can spark your interest in the entire tournament. Live bets are also available with most of the popular pre-match markets available during the 90 minutes. A bet on Brazil v Ivory Coast is possible before kick-off, in the final minutes or at any stage of the match.
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