The Americans look to continue their good play against Brazil, one of the top teams in the world. Will they finally be able to beat a team they've had tons of trouble against? Who are we backing with our soccer picks today?
You may think a team as storied as Brazil would be
overwhelming favorites over USA for this friendly, but you'd be wrong. The
Brazilians are favored, but soccer odds only list them at -133 to win, while the Americans are at
Anyone remember what happened when these teams met in the
Confederations Cup Final back in 2009?
It was a scintillating affair as the Americans got off to a
lightning quick start, going up 2-0 by halftime. Then the Brazilians came out
to play, scoring three goals in the final 45 minutes to get the win and the
These nations also squared off in a friendly in 2010, with
Brazil emerging as 2-0 victors.
A lot has changed since then though. Gone is Bob Bradley as
coach and in his place has stepped in Jurgen Klinsmann, a German legend.
It's taken some time for Klinsmann to get the most of this
team but the results are starting to come now.
The Americans claimed a dominating 5-1 victory over Scotland this past weekend. Landon Donovan
netted a hat-trick in the win and was inspirational throughout, while Michael
Bradley has a wonder goal as well as the USA attacked the helpless Scots
That win came without top striker Clint Dempsey, who missed
out due to a groin injury. There's been chatter that he'll return for this game
against Brazil and boy would the Americans welcome that.
Dempsey has been absolute class for Fulham, his play and
goalscoring record finally garnering interest from some top Premier League
clubs. It appears highly likely the poacher will be donning a new uniform by
next season, with Dempsey reportedly wanting to play Champions League soccer
sooner rather than later.
If Dempsey is unavailable, there are still other reliable
attacking options like Jozy Altidore, Chris Wondolowski and Herculez Gomez who
could step in. Plus, the way Donovan's playing, it may not matter who's up top.
The Brazilians, while not having their absolute top squad
with them, will boast some top-quality talent as usual.
A few players, such as David Luiz and Dani Alves, are out
because of injury, but Brazil still has players like Thiago Silva, Hulk and of
course Neymar to call upon. Neymar is sure to catch on with a European giant
such as Real Madrid or Barcelona following a highly impressive campaign with
Santos this past season.
Which way to go with our soccer picks?
Brazil is coming off a 3-1 win over the weekend, with Hulk
scoring a brace. The Porto striker has been linked with a summer move as well,
with Chelsea reportedly a possible destination.
There's expected to be a crowd of over 55,000 at FedEx Field
for Wednesday night's game and the atmosphere should be electric as the home
team tries to get some inspiration against an international giant.
That said, the Americans are 1-15 against the Brazil
all-time and that sole win came back in 1998.
With the uncertainty that comes with friendlies, we feel the
best soccer betting value for this game is on the total. USA is finally
starting to adjust to their new up-tempo, attacking style under Klinsmann and
we saw how everything came together against Scotland.
They now take on a high-powered attacking team in Brazil and
as such there should be goals galore, especially since the Brazilians don't
have a couple of their first-choice defenders at their disposal.
A competitive game it should be, but we are liking the OVER
2.5 goals at -125 in the odds.
FREE Pick: OVER 2.5 goals