- Yokohama Stadum
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- Brazil have the more experienced squad.
- Brazil have played three games in 2021, Germany have had just one warm-up fixture.
- Brazil have scored at least three goals in four of their last five games.
Brazil can take spoils in heavyweight clash
There is a repeat of the 2016 Gold Medal Match in the opening round of fixtures this year as Brazil take on Germany at Yokohama Stadium.
Brazil took the top prize on home soil five years ago to secure gold for the first time. The Selecao have a strong looking squad for the 2020 edition of the games with veteran Dani Alves bringing some huge experience to the squad as a two-time Copa America winner, while Premier League trio Richarlison, Gabriel Martinelli and Douglas Luiz have also made the trip to Japan.
The South Americans had five wins in seven games last year in a pre-Olympic tournament, drawing the other two, and warmed up for Tokyo with back-to-back friendly victories over Serbia and the UAE after losing their first game of 2021, a surprise loss to Cape Verde.
Stefan Kuntz’s Germany team have had less preparation having played just once in 2021, a 1-1 draw with Honduras. Unlike Spain, Germany have opted against including any members of their Euro 2020 squad and on paper look a weaker squad than the Brazilians.
Preparation is key ahead of any big tournament and the Brazil squad look better equipped ahead of this Group D meeting. The Selecao have the bigger and more experienced names within their squad too, and we feel they should be able to claim a big three points against a potential gold medal rival in their opener.
Germany do have some attacking talent in their squad, including Union Berlin’s Max Kruse as one of their overage players, and should be able to get a goal but ultimately Brazil have the talent to win the game.
We’re backing a Brazil victory with both teams to score, and a 3-1 win for Andre Jardin’s men appeals as they have scored at least three goals in four of their last five games.