Expect the unpredictable. The men’s Olympic football tournament is a different animal when it comes to world football competitions.
This is because the trends, sample size, and data available for senior national teams over the months and years simply do not exist for the teams that will compete for Olympic gold in men’s soccer at. Tokyo: these are teams under 24 gathered just for this competition. Apart from the brief qualifying competitions, which in most cases took place over a year ago, the players have never played together in a real competition.
Of course, the reason why men’s Olympic football has been an age-restricted event since 1992 (with the exception of three wildcards for seniors) is that it doesn’t conflict with the lucrative World Cup. FIFA Men’s World, which takes place every four years. When professional athletes were allowed to compete in the Olympics, there had to be a way to differentiate the two competitions.
While established football countries would love to add an Olympic gold medal to their trophy, this is not seen as a vital competition – the best players are also not required to participate, and their clubs are not required to participate. free them. In fact, there are several players who wanted to play in the Olympics, but did not get permission from the club teams who cut their salaries.
All of the above makes the playing field more level at the Olympics and a captivating tournament on many levels. While the final usually features teams with pedigree, this competition does not follow the accepted football world order: Honduras reached the semi-finals in 2016, Japan and South Korea did the same in 2012 and the Iraq vs Paraguay was a semi-final in 2004.
If there has ever been a tournament to take a flyer from a couple of outsiders, this is it.
Future 2021 Men’s Football Olympics
The bettors are clear: Spain, and his six leftover Euro 2021 semi-finalist squad, is the favorite to win gold. Spain is followed by the other four big names in the competition: Brazil, France, Germany and Argentina. No surprise there: everything is based on the football reputation of the countries. Spain and Brazil have the most stacked rosters at the tournament, but until you see the big teams in action, it’s hard to keep them separate.
The luck of the draw also counts in football tournaments: Spain could face Brazil in the quarter-finals. This is even more of a reason to look beyond the favorites and focus on two longer shots, which could see their prices drop quickly a few games in the tournament.
the Ivory Coast (+5000 to +6600) won’t make the headlines, but he has a way to the final. Led by AC Milan star Franck Kessie (above), the Ivorians’ style of play – a combination of sublime skill, creativity, size, athleticism and power – will suit Brazil and France. Germany in Group D. Spain or Argentina would face the same thing. confrontation issues in a possible quarter-final, and the semi-final would see Cote d’Ivoire meet one of the best teams on the other side of the table. But the only intimidating team there is France, and that’s just in name. Ivorians would see it as a battle of equals.
Mexico is another team that is poorly rated at +3300 to +4000, and this is mainly because of the big name (France) and host from Japan in his group. But this Mexican team is deep and experienced – many players have played games with the senior national team – and they have gamebreakers on the roster. If the Mexicans can get out of the group, they can advance to a semi-final and will love their chances as an outsider if one of the powers does (Spain, Argentina, Brazil or Germany).
Future Olympics: to win a medal
Similar to what they do with women’s competition, American sports betting PointsBet has odds on men’s Olympic soccer teams winning a medal. Spain (-325), Brazil (-250) and France (-170) are the only teams with less money.
If you don’t like Ivory Coast or Mexico winning the tournament, bringing them to the medal might be more appealing: Mexico, directed by Diego Lainez (below), is priced at +1200 and the Ivory Coast at +1600.
Japan (+400) and South Korea (+500), both have only one bronze medal in football in their Olympic history, but they also have a record of failing in international competitions and failing to hit the big game when they need it most against top teams. But if a forward star emerges for either of them, maybe they could overcome the hurdle of this competition and add a second football medal. They are on the right side of the bracket to do this.
Future Olympics: group winners
Which teams can definitely win their group and are definitely not really targeted by punters? Well, it’s these two teams again: the Ivory Coast (+600 to +1000) in group D and Mexico (+350 to +400) in group A.
Group B is the weakest group of all, but the international reputation of Honduras – the senior men’s team is ranked n ° 67 in the world – pursues its Olympic prize to win the group (+500 to +600). But this Honduran side have done relatively well in recent Olympic tournaments, finishing second in the group stage in 2012 and 2016. They could very well end short this time around, but there’s a good chance the Hondurans will enter the final matchday. against South Korea with a blow to the head of the group.
Remember that Honduras eliminated the American Olympic team during qualifying. The Catrachos will consider Romania, South Korea and New Zealand to be winnable games.
BetRivers has odds on the top scorer in the men’s Olympic competition, and the list below features players with odds of +1000 or less.
Assuming a deep run in the tournament, the Brazil winger Richarlison (+1000) might be the most interesting name in the peloton, even ahead of teammate and center forward Matheus Cunha (+500). He was dangerous for a conservative Brazilian side at the Copa America. If this Brazilian Olympic team are more expressive and offensive – and it won’t take much to achieve that in comparison – then Richarlison (above) should get his fair share of looks on goal. Also, given Richarlison’s seniority, one would imagine that he would be the one to concede the penalties in the game.
Apart from this group of prominent contenders, Spain Dani Olmo (+1500) could be an interesting play if you think the Spaniards will retain their title of gold medal favorites and dominate the competition on their way to the final. His runs in the box from wide or withdrawn positions made him a threat to Spain at Euro 2021.
|André-Pierre Gignac (FRA)||+500|
|Matheus Cunha (BRA)||+500|
|Adolfo Gaich (ARG)||+800|
|Hwang Ui-Jo (KOR)||+800|
|Max Kruse (GERMANY)||+800|
|Daizen Maeda (JAP)||+800|
|Marco Asensio (SPA)||+1000|
|Ezekiel Boat (ARG)||+1000|
|Gabriel Martinelli (BRA)||+1000|
|Ritsu Doan (JAP)||+1000|