The top teams in Group A will clash when Japan faces Mexico at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 in Saitama, Japan, on Sunday. The winner will more than likely be assured a spot in the quarterfinals. The Japanese went 1-1-1 at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to place 10th after taking fourth at the London Olympics four years earlier. Mexico also had a disappointing Olympics at Rio de Janeiro, placing ninth after going 1-1-1 in the group stage. That was after having won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 a.m. ET. Mexico is listed as the +140 (risk $100 to win $140) favorite on the 90-minute money line, while Japan is +175 and a draw would return +220 in the latest Japan vs. Mexico odds at William Hill Sportsbook. The over-under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before making any Mexico vs. Japan picks or 2020 Tokyo Olympics predictions, you need to see what soccer insider Martin Green has to say.
After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper, and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his expert soccer picks have been spot-on. Green has generated nearly $19,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season. He has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
Now, Green has taken an in-depth look at Mexico vs. Japan and locked in his Olympics 2020 picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the 2020 Olympics odds and betting trends for Japan vs. Mexico:
- Japan vs. Mexico: Mexico -0.5 (+150)
- Japan vs. Mexico over-under: 2.5 goals
- Japan vs. Mexico 90-minute money line: Mexico +140, Japan +175, Draw +220
- JPN: The Japanese took fourth place in the 2012 London Olympics
- MEX: Won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics
Why you should back Mexico
The Mexicans are looking to put their 2016 disappointment behind them as they try to recapture the magic from 2012. Mexico has been red hot, winning two straight and seven of its last nine with two draws. It used a balanced attack against France in the Olympic group stage opener to post a 4-1 win. In that match, Ernesto Vega, Francisco Cordova, Uriel Antuna and Eduardo Aguirre all scored goals.
Vega, a forward, has been very capable on offense and scored Mexico's first goal against France. In 151 appearances for his club teams since 2015-16, he has scored 30 goals. He played for Guadalajara this past season. Vega scored four times in 32 matches.
Why you should back Japan
As the host team, the Japanese already have a leg up on the competition and they have been on a roll, winning five of their last six matches, including a 1-1 draw with Spain at the Kirin Challenge Cup last week. They then turned some heads with their victory over South Africa. Winger Takefusa Kubo scored Japan's goal in the win. He now has five in just 13 international appearances.
Also powering the Japanese squad is winger Shoya Nakajima. Playing for the Japanese national team, he has five goals in 19 international appearances. In his professional career, he has played for several club teams since 2012, compiling 40 goals in 232 appearances. His most productive season was in 2017-18 while playing for Portimonense of Primeira Liga, scoring 10 goals in 33 matches.
How to make Japan vs. Mexico picks
Green has taken a close look at the Mexico vs. Japan matchup from all angles and is leaning under on the goal total. He also has revealed his in-depth 2020 Olympic Games analysis and two strong best bet, including one with a big plus-money payout. He's only sharing those Olympics picks at SportsLine.
So who wins Japan vs. Mexico? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for Sunday's Mexico vs. Japan match, all from the soccer expert who has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the world, and find out.