The final whistle will be blown on the group stages this weekend. A pair of games Saturday will end Group A action as Italy battles Brazil to see who wins the group, while Japan faces Mexico in a battle to avoid last place.
Brazil v Italy (-175, +275, +550)
The Italians were threatened by a very good Japanese side that probably deserved to win Thursday. The Azzurri escaped with all three points in hand and will now face Brazil with first place on the line. Italy was very mistake prone at the back against the Japanese which, ironically, is very un-Italian of them. Brazil has been flying high in the tourney having beaten Japan 3-0 and Mexico 2-0. Neymar, as advertised, has undoubtedly been the star of the show. The Barcelona-bound forward has a pair of excellent goals after the first two games. Neymar should return to the starting eleven, but both sides will probably rest a lot of their starters and go with a "B" team for this one.
The two sides played a friendly in March which ended in a 2-2 draw.
* The usually reliable Riccardo Montolivo is passing at a rate of just 78.3 in the tournament. The AC Milan midfield lynchpin had a passing percentage of 86.4 during the Serie A season.
* Neymar has bagged two goals and an assist in the Brazilian attack.
Japan v Mexico (+150, +250, +170)
Site: Belo Horizonte
The Japanese hung with the Italians in their last match and were unlucky to come out with no points. Both of the teams have nothing to play for here, except for not finishing bottom of the group. Both squads will look to end the tourney on a high, but morale will be low after exiting the Confederation Cup a bit too early.
Japan and Mexico last played in 2005. Mexico prevailed 2-1.
* Japan's Shinji Kagawa averages 59 passes per match and 4.5 accurate long passes after the first two games.
* Mexico's Gio dos Santos has just one shot thus far in the tournament.