Brazil v Portugal Preview: Odds & Betting Tips – Friday, 25th June (Group G)
Brazil v Portugal Betting Odds
Brazil can wrap up Group F comfortably with three wins from three if they beat Portugal. In the supposed Group of Death, Brazil have barely blinked an eye, picking up maximum points from their first two matches. In their second group match, they made light work of Sven Goran Eriksson’s Ivory Coast, in a match which was supposed to be a lot tougher than it was. Brazil simply showed all of the qualities as to why they are now outright favourites in World Cup betting to win the World Cup. Basically they just make everything look so easy and effortless. The control with the ball at their feet, the passing, the movement, the scoring of goals, the defending…it is as if the are playing an international friendly while the opponents are left huffing and puffy and scratching their heads at what to do next. Brazil are now down to 4/1 at William Hill to win the World Cup outright, after sitting just behind Spain for most of the build up to South Africa. There is a lot of fluctuation at the bookmakers between them and Argentina, but overall, across the board of online bookmakers, Brazil have the edge. They have the edge against Portugal as well, as the Brazilians, who will be missing Kaka after his red card against the Ivory Coast, look to move through to the next round as Group winners.
Dunga has put together a team which every other nation should fear. They are solid at the back, and even though they are not as gung-ho in attack as Brazil’s of past, there is still the feeling that even if the opposition score three then Brazil will effortlessly score four. It is a more conservative Brazilian team, who are out to make up for their disappointment of Germany 2006, by taking back their world crown. While they are more conservative, with a good eye for defensive duties, there are still as lethal as ever. The poise and invention with which they attack is unmatched, and Manchester City’s Robinho must surely count as one of the stand out players of the tournament so far. What Brazil do do, which has not been seen with any other team, is play with a great deal of respect for opposition and with a smile on their faces. Robinho looks to be laughing most of the time when the ball is at his feet. With the deadly Luis Fabiano up front opening his account with a brace against the Ivory Coast, it will take something special to bring down the Brazilians. With Europe’s top nations all having their problems, besides Holland, the South American sides simply look to be getting stronger. It is looking more increasingly likely that a European side will still not win a World Cup outside of its own continent.
Brazil World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: W2, D0, L0
Cards: Y1, R1
Most Shots: Elano, 7
Top Scorer: Elano, Luis Fabiano, 2
Shots/On Goal: 38/16
Fouls Committed: 26
Total Passes: 1260
Pass Completion: 83%
Can Portugal make more of a game of it against Brazil than the Ivory Coast did? While Brazil were always expected to beat both the Ivory Coast and Portugal in their group, it was not supposed to be quite so easy. The world will look to the Portuguese now to try and find and expose any weakness that may be in the Brazilian set up. Portugal go into the match on the back of a 7-0 demolition of North Korea in their previous match, and match which saw Cristiano Ronaldo end his two year international goal drought. It was a romp for Portugal in the end, as the North Koreans looked to physically tire. The result will really not have any meaning for Portugal, as they know they need at least a draw against the Brazilians to progress. There is a scenario where a heavy defeat for them, and a crushing victory for the Ivory Coast over North Korea can seen the Portuguese miss out, but it’s all a bit unlikely. Portugal could lose against Brazil and still get through on goal difference.
Cristiano Ronaldo continues to be the shining light of the Portuguese team, and when the cards are all laid on the table, he is carrying the country, no matter what he says. His presence and goals will be vital for Portugal, and now he gets to exhibit his skills against the best team in the World. What better a showcase for the Real Madrid star? Portugal had their troubles in European qualification, and they had their troubles against the Ivory Coast in their opening match, in which they looked completely devoid of attacking ideas. If that Portugal show up against Brazil, then they will get beaten, because Brazil will dominate them in the midfield, and cut through their defence like a knife through butter. Portugal have a pretty good defence actually, but it could be exposed, as any team’s would, against Brazil. Out of the Ivory Coast and themselves, Portugal have always looked the likelier to give Brazil a tougher time, and edge things in terms of finishing in second place. That is the way things should pan out, but they will want a big game from Brazilian born Deco in the heart of the Portuguese midfield, as well as Raul Meireles on the wing, who looks a very good player. They may not carry the threat in the tournament which Brazil do, but hopes are that they have a go at the South Americans and play a lively, spirited game.
Portugal World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: W1, D1, L0
Cards: Y3, R0
Most Shots: Cristiano Ronaldo, 10
Top Scorer: Tiago, 2
Shots/On Goal: 33/15
Fouls Committed: 31
Total Passes: 1129
Pass Completion: 77%
Asian Handicap Betting Tip: Brazil, along with Argentina have been the stand out teams, and therefore it is hard to bet against them. Dunga may have to shuffle his pack a little bit for this one with Kaka missing, but they have such a talented squad, they can live with him for one match no doubt. It should not disrupt them too much.
Brazil -0.75 for 8/5 at Bet365
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