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Tokyo Olympics Men’s soccer: Brazil vs Ivory Coast prediction

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Tokyo Olympics Men’s soccer: Brazil vs Ivory Coast prediction

Tokyo Olympics Men’s soccer: Brazil vs Ivory Coast prediction

In Yokohama on Sunday, Brazil Under-23s will play against Ivory Coast Under-23s. Both the teams won their opening games in midweek. Last time out, while the Ivorians humiliated outsiders Saudi Arabia, the South American Under-23 champions easily defeated Germany. Here is our expert guess on Brazil vs Ivory Coast prediction for the Tokyo Olympics Men’s football games.

Team news

Brazil

Head coach Andre Jardine is assumed to not shuffle the starting lineup from the first game.

Despite the withdrawal of Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes and Marseille newcomer Gerson from the squad prior to departure, Brazil has a deep and versatile squad to choose from. 

As the team had to settle for a three-goal lead at the break Matheus Cunha had a penalty saved in first-half stoppage time against Germany, and he also missed other chances but will almost certainly start again. 

Richarlison will be supported by any two of Paulinho, Antony, and ex-Barcelona winger Malcolm in their usual 4-3-3 formation.

Ivory Coast

In the second half of their win over Saudi Arabia, Maccabi Netanya forward Aboubacar Doumbia was sent off late and will miss out on a spot on the bench while serving a suspension, following this Ivory Coast will be forced to make at least one change.

With Manchester United teenager Amad Diallo set to keep his spot on the right flank, while Max Gradel targets any space left by Dani Alves’ raiding runs on the opposite side, the starting XI should remain unchanged.

Brazil vs Ivory Coast prediction

In the last nine Olympic football competitions, Brazil has qualified for seven claiming two bronzes, three silvers, and finally gold at Rio 2016.

The team they defeated in the final five years ago was once again the opposition for the defending champions’ first match of this summer’s Games, and the Selecao repeated the result – though this time without the use of penalties – against Germany on Thursday.

Brazil cannot stop scoring right now given their abundance of attacking talent and even a capable Ivory Coast team will struggle to keep them at bay for the full 90 minutes.

In fact, the Selecao should score at least twice, as their deep bench is capable of providing fresh impetus if any of the front three falters or loses form – a place in the quarter-finals is almost guaranteed.

Lineup

Brazil Under-23s possible starting lineup:

Santos; Alves, Carlos, Nino, Guilherme; Luiz, Guimaraes, Claudinho; Paulinho, Richarlison, Cunha

Ivory Coast Under-23s possible starting lineup:

Tape; Singo, Bailly, Dabila, I. Diallo; A. Diallo, I. Doumbia, Kessie, Eboue, Gradel; Kouame

Our Prediction: Brazil Under-23s 2-1 Ivory Coast Under-23s

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