Group D is still alive, with three of the four teams able to reach the next round of the competition. Brazil have a stranglehold on the group, as they look to win a second straight gold medal, but they will need a win to ensure their passage through to the next round as group winners.
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Brazil remain among the favourites to win gold in Tokyo this summer, but they must first complete their passage through to the next round of the games. They started the group stage with a commanding win over Germany, which has left their rivals playing catch up due to their inferior goal difference. However, the momentum that they built from that win has stalled slightly in their most recent fixture, as they were held by the Ivory Coast. Brazil couldn’t find a way past the resilient African side, as the nations played out a 0-0 draw. It was a frustrating afternoon for the Brazilians, as they also saw Aston Villa star Douglas Luiz sent off following an altercation with Max Gradel just 14 minutes into the game.
It has been a tough challenge for Saudi Arabia to this point in Group D, and they already can’t make it through to the next round after failing to pick up a point in their opening two games. The draw that Ivory Coast picked up against Brazil means that it is mathematically impossible for Saudi Arabia to finish in the top two spots in the group. They have lost both of their opening two games against Ivory Coast and Germany, and have scored just three goals. However, defensively they have found it challenging to this point, as they have conceded five goals in the two games that they have played.
Saudi Arabia vs Brazil Head to Head
Saudi Arabia have a disappointing record against Brazil, as they have never beaten their rivals this week. Brazil have won all of the five previous fixtures between the nations. The most recent meeting came in October 2018, as Brazil claimed a 2-0 win.
Saudi Arabia vs Brazil Prediction
This shouldn’t be the most testing fixture for Brazil to round off their group campaign. Saudi Arabia have a poor defensive record, and Brazil look good value to claim the victory that they need to top Group D. It could be a routine victory with over 2.5 goals.
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