Will the Brazilians pull off the soccer sweep on their home pitch? The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has the Brazilian men (6/5) as strong favorites to capture the gold in Rio, ahead of Germany (4/1) and Argentina (4/1). Brazil earned the bronze medal in 2008, followed by the silver medal in the 2012 games. Mexico, the defending gold medalists, are 22/1 to repeat. In the men’s tournament, rosters are constructed by the country’s U-23 players, with the exception of three designated players that can be any age. By preventing Neymar from playing in this summer’s Copa America and having him train with the Olympic team, Brazil’s federation has let it be known that its sole focus is capturing the gold at home.
On the women’s side, the United States (5/4) is the favorite to repeat its 2012 gold medal, followed by the host Brazil (13/4). The Americans defeated the Canadians in the semifinals of the London games, then beat Japan in the finals. Japan, the No. 7 team in FIFA’s world rankings and last year’s World Cup runner-up, failed to qualify for this year’s Olympics. Unlike the men’s side, there are no restrictions in the women’s tournament, so we should be seeing the majority of the game’s best players.