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A total of eight games are scheduled for Sunday at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic men’s soccer tournament. Start times are staggered from morning to noon, and there’s plenty for armchair fans to get excited about. The Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony was on Friday, but football kicked off mid-week and we are now on match day two as the groups begin to take shape.
In this preview, we focus on the match with Saudi Arabia and Germany which is set at 12:30 GMT and will receive the live TV treatment. That’s great news for armchair fans preparing to follow the progress of a German team, many are anticipating progress from the group and will be competing for the gold medal later this summer. How will they fare in a possible banana peel match against Saudi Arabia?
As Tokyo 2020 was delayed by 12 months, officials have made the decision to expand the age group from under-23 to under-24, with each country allowed to add three additional players. That should allow both teams to build a strong base 11 with plenty of talent on the bench. Which team will win the three points? Let’s take a closer look at that.
Saudi Arabia has nothing to lose
Saudi Arabia is delighted to be part of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and will feel they have nothing to lose in this competition. All the pressure is on their opponents, with Germany being the favorite with the most followers to get three points. That allows Saudi Arabia to go out and enjoy the opportunity. They can focus on their form and hope to frustrate their rivals.
The longer this match is goalless, the more chance Saudi Arabia has to get something out of the match. They know the wealth of talent the German coaching staff possesses, so it would be foolish to meet them in the middle of the park and try to match them pass by pass. Instead, the Saudis will keep it tight in the back, trying to keep their cool and avoid silly mistakes.
Germany hopes to go all the way
When the teams were announced for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, many followers quickly chose Germany as the team to beat. They are certainly good enough to go all the way to the gold medal, and the pressure is now on the young guns to perform after how poorly Germany fared at Euro 2020, losing to England in the early exchanges of the knockout rounds. This squad has a real chance to impress.
We will glimpse some of the rising stars of German football in this game, and they will all be out to make a name for themselves. If the squad can win gold in Japan, they have a real chance of being called up to the senior squad for the World Cup in Qatar next summer. They have to show that they are good enough, but they can also handle the pressure to be favorites.
Saudi Arabia v Germany forecast Germany
On paper, this is a game that Germany should win with a little left, but Tokyo 2020 followers have already seen quite a few setbacks. Saudi Arabia knows the magnitude of the task ahead of them on Sunday, but they also know that their opponents are under pressure and there will be no fans against them trying to influence officials. That helps create a more level playing field and should make for an interesting 90 minutes.
Olympic Games opportunities
The pre-match bets for this game available at 22bet have Saudi Arabia priced at 10 for the win, with Germany trading at 1.304 and the draw at 5.3. Gamblers can choose from one of those three options or play one of the specials.
Other key markets in this game are first goalscorer, both teams to score, handicap, correct score and more. There will also be in-play bets for much of the 90 minutes. Bet on the game or look ahead and predict the team you think will win the gold medal.
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