Mon, Jul 25, 10:21am by Staff Writer
The Olympic soccer tournament kicks off on the 4th of August with host nation Brazil the hot favourites to take home the gold. As nations are only allowed to field players aged 23 or under the competition has become known as benchmark for the World Cup that takes place two years later. Many of the players that will star in Rio this summer will be expected to dominate for their national teams in Russia in 2018. For fans it’s a great chance to see the future first hand and I for one am very excited.
Sportsbet have given host nation Brazil the tag of tournament favourites at $2. The samba boys will not only have home advantage but the squad also includes the latest Brazilian wonder kids Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Barbosa. The two 19 year olds have lit up their domestic league and are set for big money transfers to Europe in the near future. The Brazilians have decided to go all out to win the competition on home soil. The main aim has to be redemption following their humiliating World Cup Semi-Final exit two year ago. To help with this they have decided to bring out the big guns including Barcelona star Neymar, Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa and PSG defender Marquinhos in a squad that looks almost untouchable.
Unlike the Brazilians Argentina are unable to call up on their current number one star. Reports are suggesting that Lionel Messi was never going to be picked as one of the three over 23 players allowed in the squad after playing in the Copa America just weeks ago. But any hopes fans may have had that he could have a change of mind disappeared when the great man announced his retirement from international football. You can never right off the Argentinians though and at $6.50 they could be a great outside bet.
African nations tend to do well at the Olympics with one team qualifying for three of the last five finals. Nigeria and Cameroon took home the gold medals in 1996 and 2000 respectively and it could be time for one of them to crowned as champs one more. The general physicality of African teams usually serves them well against teams that are forced to field younger players because of the U23 sanction of Olympic soccer. But it’s not like the Nigerians lack quality. John Obi-Mikel, Kenneth Ormeruo, Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho have all been included on the plane to Rio and I fully expect them to challenge for the medals. Nigeria are $19 to take home the gold.
Olympic Soccer Gold Medal Odds:
South Africa $36
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