It’s down to the final four counties in Men’s Olympic Soccer as the semi-finals get ready to go Tuesday, August 19. Match 29 has Nigeria vs Belgium and Match 30 has Argentina vs Brazil. The big guns of the Olympics that everyone wanted to see is the Brazil vs Argentina match, that will sure not to dissapoint. Argentina, Brazil and Nigeria were expected to be where they are, but the big surprise is the Belgium squad. Olympic Betting Odds at Bookmaker.com has Argentina as +115 moneyline favorite over Brazil (+175) with the over/under listed at 2 goals. Get your Brazil vs Argentina Olympic Men’s Soccer Semi-Final Prediction in now at Bookmaker.com
Argentina’s Lionel Messi scored the first goal and set up the extra-time winner Saturday for defending champions Argentina as they beat the Netherlands 2-1 and advanced to the Olympic soccer semifinals against Brazil. Argentina's defense has been stingy, conceding only two goals in four games. And while Messi and Riquelme get the glory, it is midfielders Javier Mascherano and Fernando Gago who provide the platform for the team's success. Argentines defense was tested against the Dutch as outside backs Pablo Zabaleta and Luciano Monzon were outrun as they allowed their opponents to get around them. They must improve this area given the way Brazil's fullbacks, Rafinha and Marcelo, push into the attack. There’s also uncertainty in the Argentine goal, where Sergio Romero will have to sub in for the injured Oscar Ustari. Get your Olympic Betting Odds in now!
Brazil beat Cameroon 2-0 in what had to be the most violent soccer match in Olympic history. There were six yellow cards and one red card handed out. Brazil played their typical solid defense that allowed Cameroon only one shot on net during 120 minutes of play. Brazil scored in the 101 minute after Rafael Sobis raced on to a pass and calmly slotted it past the keeper. After a brilliant interchange between Ronaldinho and Thiago Neves, Marcelo scored from close range in the 105 minute to conclude a great match for Brazil. Now their coach wants them to focus more on offense as the Argentina squad can and will score goals. They can’t just sit back on defense and hope to sqeack in a goal, they’ll have to pressure the Argentines defense. As for dirty play, don't be surprised to see Brazil lay some lumber into the likes of Messi and his primary supplier, Juan Roman Riquelme. This was exactly Brazil's approach against the same duo in last year's Copa America final. Brazil's attack leads the tournament with 11 goals scored. Ronaldinho, Diego and forward Rafael Sobis are capable of creating chances out of the slightest of openings.
Brazil vs Argentina Olympic Men’s Soccer Semi-Final
When: Tues, August 19, 2008 6:00 AM ET
Pick: Nigeria +120
Point-Spreads.com Brazil vs Argentina Olympic Men’s Soccer Semi-Final Prediction – Argentina +115
The Bottom Line: It's anybody's match, on one hand you have Messi who's playing superb soccer and on the other hand you have Brazil, who have a killer team. But Argentina are reigning Olympic Champs and the favorites. Get your Brazil vs Argentina Olympic Men’s Soccer Semi-Final Prediction in now at Bookmaker.com and receive a 20% sign-up bonus on your initial deposit!