Guide to Brazil World Cup Betting Odds and Tips
Betting Guide to Brazil
Coach Dunga will finally silence all of his critics if he lifts the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Since taking over, Dunga has been accused of taking the flair out of Brazil, but he has added so much more. Winning is such an important role in Brazilian football culture, that Dunga has highlighted where Brazil fell down at the 2006 World Cup and he has addressed those issues. Brazil were known for losing games by being too adventurous in their approach to matches. The more negative European style was able to counter that of the Brazilian way, simply by sitting back and hitting the South Americans on the break. That is not the case any more, as Dunga’s Brazil is a side which knows how to defend. Not only are the Brazilians technically gifted, as they always have been, but they are physically strong at the back, so much so that they have a new offensive weapon in sending players like Lucio up for free kicks and corners. This extra dimension from indirect set plays makes Brazil even more dangerous than ever. So does their more calculated attacking nature, which is all built now on the foundation of a solid defence behind the attack, starting with the defensive midfielder. Brazil are naturally comfortable on the ball, and can pass the ball around all afternoon without breaking a sweat. They have enjoyed a relatively comfortable ride through the 2010 FIFA World Cup, as they have simply brushed aside the majority of challenges that came they way. They only failed to get something out of Portugal, who were content with being defensive from the off.
Brazil have the attacking prowess that is second to none, and even the might of Spain can still learn something about the passing and movement game from Brazil. After beating the Ivory Coast and North Korea in their group stage, Brazil topped the group to move onto a last sixteen match against tough South American side Chile. Brazil, as they had done in the South American qualification zone, simply brushed the Chile threat aside, winning 3-0. It appears as if there is no challenge to big, no challenge to tough for Brazil at the moment, and the changes have been made to simply win the World Cup again. There is much more a defensive feel about international football than there has been in the past, and Brazil have found the ideal balance between being a little more cautious themselves, while still maintaining their attacking quality. Brazil, in one word, are ruthless. They are unforgiving when they are given a chance and perhaps the one stand out quality about them, is the fact that they are cool and collected. You can see the players enjoying themselves, which is a long way from the tenseness that the English players were emitting. So, they have the quality, they have the individual talent, they have the team spirit and balance, and they have a coach who is unwilling to bend to pressure of the Brazilian media who want to see the old Brazilian style. That all adds up to a pretty impressive picture.
Tactics: Brazil’s strength comes from their three tight central midfielders, which allows their fourth midfielder, Kaka to join in the attack as much as possible. Kaka is the classic South American number 10, who always looks for the ball, and is always available. Pretty much all attacks are originated by him, and like Argentina’s Lionel Messi, he is the transition point between defence and attack. Because he pulls players around, it opens space around him. With the three other midfielders holding their lines, it allows the full back to really get forward, and you will see Michel Bastos and Maicon playing as wingers, knowing that there is enough cover behind them not to leave the team exposed. So their 4-3-3 formation (or 4-3-1-2 however you want to look at it), is a familiar one with the South American teams, and it is having that creative number 10 which makes all of the difference. Robinho is also one of the key players, as he is happy to drop behind fellow striker Luis Fabiano as well, so he can be difficult to pick up. The whole set up of the Brazilian side is perfect, and it has the quality of players to carry out all of the intricate roles to their specifics. You won’t see Brazil being caught out very often at the back, largely thanks to Dunga’s playing days as a defensive midfielder, and similarly, they can simply be relentless in attack.
Coach: Dunga – simply impressive with what he has done with the team. He has shook up things in Brazil, and but his authority and beliefs all over the team. He is of course a national hero from his playing days, and he desperately wants that sixth World Cup title for Brazil. But he is going to do things his way, and his way alone. Has an impressive record as coach, and his work ethics means that more flair players have missed out, but he knows that modern day footballs needs a team which can both defend and attack well.
Brazil World Cup 2010 Stats
Brazil 3, Chile 0
Brazil 0, Portugal 0
Brazil 3, ivory Coast 1
Brazil 2, North Korea 1
Goals: 8 For, 2 Against
Cards: Y6, SY1, R0
Top Passer: Maicon (298 passes, 81% completion rate)
Most Fouls: Luis Fabiano, 9
Last 10 Match Brazil Form: LDWWWWWWDW
Probable Route to Winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup: Holland (Q/F), Uruguay (S/F), Spain (F)
Brazil Betting Tips
Brazil’s Top Goal scorer at SkyBet
Luis Fabiano 1/10 (3 goals)
Robinho 7/1 (1 goal)
Elano 8/1 (2 goals)
Brazil Betting Tip: Brazil to win to nil in the final: 4/1 at Blue Square