The two top teams of Group A square off on the start of Matchday 2 on Tuesday. In their last match, Mexico defeated Brazil 2-1 at the 2012 London Olympics Gold Medal game behind the excellent play of young Mexican stars, Oribe Peralta and Giovani dos Santos.

Although Mexico was the last to win this match up, A Selecao has beaten Mexico three straight times on the World Cup stage by a combined goal difference of 11-0. Brazil is lead by their own young stars in Neymar and Oscar, whom each had goals in their opening match against Croatia. In that game, all the pressure was on Brazil as they opened the tournament at home in front of over 60,000 excited fans. The nerves and pressure of playing such an important game at home showed for Brazil, as early mistakes lead to an own goal by Marcelo and multiple scoring opportunities for Croatia.

Look for Brazil to be more confident starting the match on Tuesday as I believe they have shaken of those first game jitters. As the odds below show, Brazil is nearly a two goal favorite in this match and if El Tri has any chance, they will need big performances by Peralta and dos Santos.

Mexico’s scoreless drought in World Cup play should finally end Tuesday as I believe both forwards score a goal for Mexico in the match. However, Brazil is the greater overall team with collectively more talent. I believe A Selecao rises to the occasion in their country again and will outscore El Tri in what should pan out to be a very high scoring and exciting affair.

My Prediction: Expect an offensive display in this one as Mexico causes matchup difficulties for Brazil. Unlike last match, I believe Brazil jumps out earlier and hangs on to the lead. 3-2 Brazil.

Betting odds courtesy of Bovada.lv:

Brazil:      -1.5 (-110)    //   -325  Moneyline            
Mexico     +1.5 (-110)   //    +700 Moneyline            
Draw +500