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Mexico made history in the 2012 Olympics, edging Brazil 2-1 to win the gold medal for the first time in the nation's history. It was unable to follow Argentina's lead and become the second straight repeat champion, as it failed to advance past the group stage at the 2016 Rio Games. Mexico's attempt to reclaim glory begins on Thursday, when it takes on France in the group stage of the Tokyo Olympics 2021. The French also are seeking their second Olympic gold medal after reigning supreme in Los Angeles in 1984.

Kickoff from Tokyo Stadium is set for 4 a.m. ET. France is listed as the -120 favorite (risk ($120 to win $100) on the money line in the latest France vs. Mexico odds at William Hill Sportsbook, while Mexico is the +333 underdog. The over-under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before making any Mexico vs. France picks or 2020 Tokyo Olympics predictions, you have 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. France and locked in his Olympics 2021 picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the 2021 Olympics odds and betting trends for France vs. Mexico:

  • France vs. Mexico spread: France -0.5 (-120)
  • France vs. Mexico over-under: 2.5 goals
  • France vs. Mexico money line: France -120, Mexico +333, Draw +220
  • FRA: The French are appearing in the Olympics for the first time since 1996
  • MEX: The Mexicans are one of only two nations (Honduras) to qualify for each of the last three Olympics

Why you should back France

Since many European club teams refused to allow their top players to compete in the Olympic Games, France's roster is mainly inexperienced. However, manager Sylvain Ripoli seems to get the most out of young players, as he led France to the semifinals of the European Under-21 Championships back in 2019. Ripoli did manage to secure the services of a pair of veterans in striker Andre-Pierre Gignac and winger Florian Thauvin.

The 35-year-old Gignac has appeared in 36 matches for the national team, producing seven goals and four assists. Thauvin has suited up for France in 10 international contests, netting one goal, and was a member of the country's FIFA World Cup-winning team in 2018. The 28-year-old recorded 67 goals in 180 games for Marseille over the last five seasons before joining former teammate Gignac on Mexico's Tigres UANL.

Why you should back Mexico 

The Mexicans were superb during the Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Tournament in March, recording four victories and a draw in five matches. They recorded 11 goals and allowed only two, posting three clean sheets along the way. All but one of the six players who tallied will be representing their country in the Olympic Games - including Sebastian Cordova, who scored a tournament-high four times.

A 24-year-old midfielder, Cordova registered a hat trick in Mexico's 4-1 triumph over the Dominican Republic on March 18 and also tallied in a 3-0 win against Costa Rica while adding a pair of assists in the competition. Uriel Antuna also was a force for the Mexicans, finishing second overall with three goals. The 23-year-old forward has recorded eight goals and seven assists in 21 matches for Mexico's national team, with four of the goals coming during its run to the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup title.

How to make France vs. Mexico picks

Green has taken a close look at the Mexico vs. France matchup from all angles and is leaning under on the goal total. He also has revealed his in-depth 2021 Tokyo Olympics analysis and two other strong best bets for this matchup. He's only sharing those picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Mexico vs. France in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics on Thursday? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for Thursday's France vs. Mexico match, all from the soccer expert who has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the world, and find out.